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How to Develop Career Management Skills Using ICT


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Ana Janković Barović and Marija Jovanović
Workshop presentation from Cross-Border Seminar 2017 in Belgrade

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How to Develop Career Management Skills Using ICT

  1. 1. How to develop career management skills using ICT? The University of Belgrade Center for Career Development and Student Counselling
  2. 2. Introduction Expectations Our goal today is to: - Present example of use of ICT for career management skills development - Discuss about challenges in setting-up and conducting online courses - Share experience and creative ideas
  3. 3. The University of Belgrade (Serbian: Универзитет у Београду / Univerzitet u Beogradu) is the oldest and the largest university in Serbia. University of Belgrade within has 31 faculties organised in 4 groups: social sciences and humanities, medical sciences, sciences and matemathics and technology and engineering sciences. 90 000 + students in total 300 + study programs University career guidance and counselling services launched in 2006. Career management skills course from 2016. / online from 2017. @ several faculties 16 822 users at e-Learning platform of University Computer Centre Where do we come from?
  4. 4. About us Goals of the University of Belgrade Centre for Career Development and Student Counselling: ● Providing the effective system of support for students and graduates to help them develop knowledge and skills important for their job finding and continuing education. ● Increasing the number of students and graduates who have gained relevant work experience during their studies or recently after graduation. ● Developing cooperation among all the faculties at the University of Belgrade and strengthening the integrative role of University. ● Promotion of students and graduates of the University of Belgrade as future experts in different business areas and promotion of the University of Belgrade as the leading institution of higher education in this region. Key role of the Centre for Career Development is to assist students of the University of Belgrade in developing the knowledge and skills relevant for employment, help them gain work experience during the studies and useful insights about the world of work, and prepare students and graduates for the next step in their career development after graduation.
  5. 5. We were awarded last year at the National Euroguidance competition of good practices for conducting the course for development of career management skills :)
  6. 6. What are career management skills (CMS)? ➢ Key concept of career education ➢ Skills, attitudes and knowledge that individuals require in order to manage their career. ➢ A range of competences which provide structured ways for individuals (and groups) to gather, analyse, synthesise and organise self, educational and occupational information, as well as the skills to make and implement decisions and transitions. (European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network)
  7. 7. Online course “Career management skills” University of Belgrade example Open source e-learning platform 8 online sessions 2 onsite sessions (optional) The Moodle learning platform is based on strong pedagogical principles, providing a private learning space for you to design online courses with flexible content and collaborative activities so your students are constantly experiencing feedback.
  8. 8. The aim of the course … is to enable students for career management, to prepare them for transition to the world of work, as well as to provide support in taking responsibility in their future career development.
  9. 9. Structure and content of the course Week 1 Career and employability Week 2 Self-exploration and self-confidence Week 3 Labor market exploration Week 4 Decision-making Week 5 Career planning and goal setting Week 6 Active job search Week 7 CV and motivational letter Week 8 Job interview + onsite job interview simulation (optional) + Week 9 Networking with employers (optional)
  10. 10. Methods and techniques /Moodle activities and resources/ ➢ Keeping students engaged: combination of interactive lessons, reading and listening materials, video clips, powerpoint presentations, surveys, self-assessment tools, quizzes, asking open questions, giving written assignments *providing personal feed-back, sending reminders and alerts on weekly bases
  11. 11. Career and employability: session overview • Classical and contemporary career theories • Personal career comprehension • Knowledge and skills in the context of employability and transition to the world of work • Career mindset and employability Week 1
  12. 12. Self-exploration and self-confidence: session overview • Self-assessment of interests, motivation, skills, abilities - Profil plus • Forming a detailed image of self as a future candidate • The concept of self-confidence Week 2
  13. 13. Online tool for self-assessment
  14. 14. Labor market exploration* modular : session overview • Understanding and using different sources of information • Research of professions and job sectors • Overview of positions in which graduates of a particular faculty are employed Week 3
  15. 15. Decision-making: session overview • Career decision making process • Values that direct decisions • Developing career alternatives Week 4
  16. 16. Career planning and goal setting: session overview • Process and elements of career planning • Goal setting • Long term and short term goals Week 5
  17. 17. Active job search: session overview • Active job search methods • Use of the Internet in job search • Networking in job search • Proactive self-presentation Week 6
  18. 18. CV and motivation letter: session overview • CV and motivation letter - successful self-promotion • Content and forms of CV and motivation letter Week 7
  19. 19. Job interview: session overview • Successful preparation for self-presentation • Frequent job interview questions Week 8
  20. 20. Additional/optional onsite sessions •Job interview simulation •Networking with employers Week 9/10
  21. 21. Statistics / page views and messages Students Lecturers Note: Course started on 22 March 2017 and lasted until 31 May for students of Faculty of Pharmacy
  22. 22. What students say? ➢ 2 to 4 hours weekly engagement ➢ Course is easy to navigate ➢ Course length and tempo are adequate ➢ High overall satisfaction
  23. 23. Discussion ➢ Advantages and boundaries of online course comparing to live course Challenges: ➢ Administration of course / teacher’s perspective ➢ Activities that keep student engaged ➢ Communication and interaction ➢ Personalized feedback ➢ Technical aspects
  24. 24. Feedback?