International Conference: Career guidance and counselling for employed persons in companies – new impulses for theory and practice – Save the date!

  • International Conference 28.7.2022
  • Hybrid, locally in Mannheim, Germany and online
  • International speakers from CGC and HRD context
  • Project results from CONNECT! Project

In a rapidly changing world of work, in the face of growing challenges in the economy, society and the environment, professional development no longer ends with learning a profession and entering the workforce. From the point of view of companies, there is a need for proactive strategic personnel development, and employees are expected to engage in lifelong professional orientation and learning. At the same time, new opportunities for economic development and personal growth arise for both.

The international event was our final conference in which we presented of our project results and products. We were also delighted to hear keynotes from Katharine Mullock (OECD) and from Prof Rie Thomsen (Aarhus University) to provide context and stimulate reflection. In addition, there were workshops to facilitate in-depth discussions of various aspects of career guidance in and around companies.

In addition to expert presentations and various examples from the research done within the project, the context of counseling in and near companies, possibilities and limitations were discussed in a workshop part.

The conference was held in English. Workshops were also offered in German.

In the Connect! project, we have empirically and conceptually illuminated interfaces and synergies between human resource development and professional career guidance and counselling and, building on this, have developed offers for professional training and continuing education of professional career counselors in and for organizations.

The event was focus on the following questions:

  • What is the demand for career guidance in and close to companies and what are the drivers behind this demand?
  • How can career guidance services be successfully designed internally or in cooperation with external actors within the framework of human resources development?
  • What examples of successful practice of such guidance already exist in companies and how can these be implemented more widely, especially in small and medium-sized enterprises?
  • How can CGC and HR specialists be trained for the conception and implementation of such consulting services?
  • Which actors should be involved in the further development of the topic of career guidance in and for companies?

Program.pdf >>

The presentations of the conference

Professional Career Guidance & Counseling in Companies – drivers and opportunities to Connect HRD and CGC.pdf >>
Prof. Dr. Peter Weber  

Keynote: The Bigger Picture – Career Guidance & Counselling as Labour Market Instrument within Transition.pdf >>
Katharine Mullock, OECD  

Usefull links:

OECD Skills Profiling Tool

OECD report on “Career Guidance for Adults in a Changing World of Work”

OECD report on “Career guidance for low-qualified workers in Germany”

Keynote: Guidance in Communities – reflections and experience.pdf >>
Video presentation
Prof. Dr. Rie Thomsen Keynote

Piloting the CONNECT! course: Results and reflections form the Italian experience.pdf >>
Prof. Lea Ferrari & Prof. Teresa Maria Sgaramella

The CONNECT! Curriculum as Key Project Product.pdf >>
Prof. Bettina Siecke, Dr. Matthias Zick Varul


A deeper look into the CONNECT! Curriculum – Content and didactical elements
Prof. Lea Ferrari and Prof. Teresa Maria Sgaramella (English)

Intersections and differences between CGC and HRD – status and the way forward.pdf >>
Dr. Matthias Zick-Varul and Prof. Peter Weber (English)

Qualifizierungsberatung im Betrieb – Ansätze und Erfahrungen.pdf >>
Prof. Bettina Siecke (German)

Erfahrungen mit dem CONNECT! Training in der Universität für Weiterbildung Krems.pdf >>
Prof. Monika Petermandl and Edmund Panzerböck (German)

Trends and analyses in the HRD field.pdf >>
Alexandra Djurovic and Jan Waldendorp (English)

Developing the Organizations – Approaches and experience.pdf >>
Anna Moutsiou (English)


Katharine Mullock

Katharine Mullock is a labour market economist in the Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Her work focuses on helping countries develop policies to adapt to changing skills needs arising from technological change, globalisation and population ageing. She has drafted and co-drafted various OECD reports on adult learning and career guidance for adults. She holds a Masters in Economics from the University of British Colombia.

Rie Thomsen

Rie Thomsen, Ph.D, is Professor MSO in career guidance. She is the scientific coordinator of the Guidance Research Unit at the Danish School of Education (DPU) at Aarhus University in Copenhagen. Her research revolves around career guidance and career learning practices and policies with a special interest on the role of communities and in organizational, leadership and quality aspects of career guidance. Since 2005 RT has published more than twenty articles in peer reviewed international journals of which eight a first author and six as single author. She has authored six bibliographies and co-authored thirteen.
She is NICEC international fellow and scientific board member of ECADOC. She is one of the founders of the The Nordic Journal of Transitions, Careers and Guidance.

Lea Ferrari

Lea Ferrari, Ph.D., is an associate Professor at the Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Pedagogy and Applied Psychology, University of Padova, Italy where she teaches Career counseling and vocational guidance in multicultural contexts, managing diversity in working contexts, Psychology of disability and inclusion. Her research efforts concern the field of positive development and social and emotional learning from early ages with a focus on nurturing resources and talents to promote flourishing in career and life.

Monika Petermandl

Monika Petermandl, Professor, directs since 2006 at the Danube University Krems (Austria) the study programme „Professional teaching and training (MA)” and is the academic leader of the study programme “Career Guidance and counselling (MA)”. Before, she was the head of the education department, including career guidance and counselling, of WIFI Wien (Institute of Economic development of the Vienna Economic Chamber). 1991 she got the title professor from the University of Economics and Business in Vienna.

Teresa Maria Sgaramella

Teresa Maria Sgaramella Ph.D., is an associate Professor at the Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education, and Applied Psychology, University of Padova (Italy). Research interests deal with Integrative Positive Development through Adulthood with a focus on the role of social emotional competencies, and systemic determinants on career development. Particular attention is devoted to designing, implementing, and evaluating educational and counseling integrative actions involving individuals and groups who experience complex and vulnerable conditions.

Bettina Siecke

Bettina Siecke, Prof. Dr., is a Professor at the University of Applied Labour Studies in Mannheim, Germany. She holds a degree in social sciences and a Ph.D. in vocational pedagogy. Her current working field is teaching of career and skills counselling and employer counselling and vocational pedagogy with a focus on continuing vocational training. Her research refers to career guidance and counselling in SME and in the public employment service in Germany and Switzerland and counselling in the context of recruitment of employees from abroad and recognition of their qualifications.

Peter C. Weber

Peter C. Weber. Dr., Professor for Career Guidance and Counselling at University of Applied Labour Studies Mannheim (Germany). Member of the IAEVG board, lecturer in Career Guidance and Counselling in national and international context. Researcher in different research programs in the field of Guidance & Counselling, e.g., psychological resources of practitioners and young people in vocational training and school-work transition and individual and contextual resources for the counselling of low qualified people. 2004-2016 researcher and assistant at Heidelberg University.

Matthias Zick-Varul

Matthias Zick-Varul, Dr. is a sociologist and social theorist who is currently working as a research fellow at the University of Applied Labour Studies in Mannheim, Germany. Recently, he has been working as a job placement officer in the disability support unit and as a career counsellor at the Employment Agency. His research areas are professionalism in social professions, career guidance and counselling, the sociology of health and illness and cultural sociology.

Jan Woldendorp

Jan Woldendorp MSc works for the School of Human Resource Management and Applied Psychology at the Saxion University of Applied Sciences and for the Open University in The Netherlands. He is a lecturer, trainer and researcher and employment services. He is coordinator of the minor program and postgraduate course for Jobcoaches. His teaching and research areas are occupational and skills development, career guidance and development, supported employment and inclusive HRM.

Anna Moutsiou

Anna Moutsiou (MSc) is an Organizational Psychologist and Human Resources Consultant working for ISON Psychometrica, in Athens, Greece. Her professional work focuses on Employee Selection, Psychometric Assessment and Evaluation, Business Research Insights, Test Development, and Statistical Research. She works with clients of both the private and the public sector, across a range of industries (transportation and infrastructure, shipping, telecommunication, etc.)

Aleksandra Đurović

Aleksandra Đurović (MSc) works as a Research Coordinator in Belgrade Open School, an educational, research civil society organization from Belgrade, Serbia.  She coordinates preparation of research projects and coordinates and conducts research studies. She has authored more than twenty research reports, articles, and policy papers. Aleksandra has coordinated and participated in research studies and projects at the local, national and European level, the majority of which were policy-driven or resulted in a policy document. She has coordinated several research studies on career guidance and counselling concerning Serbia and the Western Balkans region.

Edmund Panzenböck

Edmund Panzenböck, Mag. (FH); MA, Research Associate at University for Continuing Education Krems, Course Director for the master course “HRM and Competence Development using digital media”. Involved in several projects for didactic support in the development of curricula, based on a blended learning approach. Responsible for the implementation of the pilot course in the project Connect! Since 2006 consultant in human resources and organisational development.

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