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Digital Orientation Competences: continuation of my professional studies
Start date: Jan 1, 2016, End date: Dec 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The project idea derives from the necessity to use and develop innovative guidance tools having the role to improve knowledge and awareness on careers and training pathways among young people. In the Partner Countries, most career guidance services are provided by public bodies, educational institutions, private authorized training institutions and also by the nongovernmental sector, which is nowadays increasingly addressing social issues. Unfortunately, in the partner countries market of career counseling services there are no adequate tools to highlight the connections between the personal interests, the potential career paths and education and training offers or in updating needs. Many educational and occupational choices are made without adequate knowledge of all possible career perspectives available in the European labour market. The main aims and objectives of this project are to adapt and transfer a guidance model, a personalized career guidance software that allows users to create a "matching" between the characteristics of different jobs and the preferences expressed. The software is created specifically to assist and facilitate decision processes in the field of career guidance. The project aims to improve the quality of vocational and educational guidance services provided by all partner countries in different geographical contexts, through the transfer of the “DOC model” provided by Cascaid (UK), which will be refined through a process of analysis, translation and testing, with the help and supervision of qualified partners that have already successfully used the model but they need to update it. The consortium comprises 9 international partners from Italy, UK, Spain, Romania having the expertise and the know-how for making the transfer of innovation in Bulgaria and the update of the model in the other 4 countries involved in the project. This international partnership will offer the proper framework for discussions, sharing of experiences, innovative practices and methodologies and also for development of results achieved so far. The main expected outcomes are: web site of the project; database of profiles in the national languages as technical support for the guidance model; training model and materials for practitioners; e-learning platform in English; PDF version of the handbook for guidance practitioners in all partner languages. The main results are the translation and adaptation of new career profiles, distribution of copies of the printed version of the manual for guidance and counseling, testing of the model by the Bulgarian partners. The envisaged impact is reflected in the improvement of guidance services quality for young people; the enrichment of the information and guidance processes, to support individual choices of training and careers; the enlargement of information concerning careers and related training systems; the improvement of integration between guidance systems; promoting awareness on the European dimension of guidance.
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