The project "PATH FOR CAREER" is the result of collaboration between seven partners from Romania, Spain, Italy, France, Malta and Great Britain. The idea of this project emerged from the need to find a solution that facilitates faster inclusion of graduates in the labor market.

The objective of the Europe 2020 strategy for the workforce is to ensure a 75% employment rate for people aged 20-64. Young graduates of higher education are a category where the employment rate in the graduated field should exceed 90%, taking into account the time and expenses for education. This has become a major problem in many EU countries due to the increase in the number of graduates and the increased competitiveness of the labor market.

A 2017 study by the British Higher Education Careers Service Unit shows a share of between 53% and 83% of the graduates find themselves 6 months after finishing their higher education working as salespersons, cashiers or waiters. And while the graduates believe that the degrees obtained in completing their studies are sufficient, recent studies show that employers are looking for skilled people but with excellent soft skills such as complex problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, human resource management, coordination skills, emotional intelligence skills, analysis and decision-making, negotiation, flexibility of thinking as well as and relevant professional internship experience. 

To respond to these needs, project partners identified a solution to develop a custom-made training for high school graduates integrating 3 main topics:

  • Soft Personal Skills
  • Career Plan Design and Implementation
  • Professional Internships

This project aims to improve the competences of adult trainers from all partner organizations, addressing high school graduates looking for a job and employees who want to evolve in their careers and aims to harmonize their skills with employers' requirements. We aim to build skills that are not taught in school but are still essential to get a job and develop one`s career.

The need to train trainers through common learning and exchange of transnational good practices led to developing an adult training methodology for career management; development of soft skills and internship, dedicated to graduates. Each partner has experience on a particular segment of this theme. Following project preparation discussions, the partners have identified training topics for the JSTEs of the project in order to address these topics.  These activities will meet the needs of all project partners. The target groups will be high-school graduates looking for a job and employees who are looking for a career change.

The project will achieve its aims through the following activities:

  • OB1. Improving the skills of 16 partner organizations' trainers to deliver quality training in career management, soft skills (complex problem solving, critical thinking, human resource management, team work skills, problem analysis and decision making) and providing professional internships for recent graduates.
  • OB2. Developing a wide range of soft skills (as outlined in OB1) and career management skills for 90 higher education graduates by using PFC's intellectual outputs in 9 workshops in order to help those interested in career start or change get a job and further their career development.
  • OB3. Developing a European network of organizations involved in adult education to introduce PFC output into their training.

Transnational learning activities (Joint Staff Training Events)

  • Proactive Career Management (Liverpool, 27th of November - 2nd of December 2018): 5 days training course, aiming to improve the skills of trainers in the field of career management through learning and exchange of good practices for quality training; preparing the developing of the content of the "Proactive Career Management" chapter of the Project Training Manual. Call for Trainers.
  • Soft skills at work (Murcia, April 2019): 6 course days. Goal: - Improve the skills of trainers to develop and implement training that will lead to the development of soft skills among adults through learning and exchange of good practices; - Developing the work plan for the chapter "Software Competence in the Workplace" and related training methodologies
  • Internship: a Step in Your Career (Salerno, August 2019): 5 days of the course. Goal: - Improve the skills of trainers to develop and implement training that will lead to the development of adult skills to choose and access a relevant internship for their career; - development of the work plan for the chapter "Internship- a step in your career " and working methodology for training workshops on this topic.

The PATH FOR CAREER project is structured around 3 main parts.

  • The first part is where trainers of the 6 partner institutions are improving their training skills and exchanging good practices in the above-mentioned transnational learning activities in Liverpool, Murcia and Palermo. Following those training events, the partners will collaborate to develop the "PATH FOR CAREER" Guide, composed of three modules, based on educational games: "The Proactive Management of Career " associated with the "Plan Your Career!" Game, "Soft Skills for a Job" associated with "Teamwork!" And "Internship - a Step towards Your Career "Associated with the game" Recruit with your boss! ". 
  • In the second part, the partners will conduct 3 training and testing workshops, aiming at training project target groups in career planning and career management, based on professional internships and soft skills development. In search for adequate, participatory-centred Guidelines, participants will  test the Project Guide by providing feedback to the creators.
  • In the third part of the project, the partners will carry out  multiplier events, disseminating the project results among local communities in their countries. The central activity of this stage is the multiplier event presenting the PATH FOR CAREER project at European level and seeking to  develop a European network of organizations involved in career development adult training.

The consortium is both transnational and cross-sectoral because the identified problem is common to all Europeans, and only through an exchange of best practices based on the experience of partners from several countries and different sectors can a solution contribute to increasing employability by harmonizing the competencies of the graduates with the employers' requirements.