The project aims to deliver a range of outcomes. In the project they are called Intellectual outcomes. They are numbered IO1 to IO7. In the project we distinguish the following 7 deliverables:
Outcome 1: Literature review (IO1)
One of the first outputs we are working on is a review of theoretical frameworks, promising practice and actual needs based on literature, media and other resources. The academic training in the field of CGD (Career Guidance and Development) in the context op HRM (Human Resources Management) and HRD (Human Resources Development) asks for a well founded body of knowledge. The aim of this first outcome is to summarise the state of innovative research and development and higher education programs related to the project’s overall topic: career guidance and development for employees.
Outcome 2: Guidelines for innovative practice (IO2)
The focus of the Intellectual Output IO2 is collecting data from the target groups
- CGC (Career Guidance and Counselling) practitioners and
- HRM (Human Resource Management) practitioners
to explore their experience and attitudes concerning closer cooperation with view to enterprise-based career guidance and counselling.
The data collection is directed to the following questions:
- Who are the actors in CGC and in HRM?
- How are they involved in the professional life cycle of employees in enterprises? Which intersections exist between the activities of the two groups?
- Which role does career counselling play in HRM?
- How do the CGC and HRM practitioners gain the necessary knowledge, skills and competences to fulfil all their roles, counselling included?
- Do interaction, networking and co-operation already exist between the sectors CGC and HRM? Which benefits are being expected as result of cooperation?
The partnership decided to develop online questionnaires, separately for the two target groups, but with corresponding questions, what should enable to explore the accordance and differences between the two groups. Besides standardized questions the questionnaires also comprise open questions. The English versions of the questionnaires have been coordinated by all partners.
To encourage also small enterprises and counselling agencies as well as freelancers to take part in the survey, every partner translated the questionnaires into their national language.
Altogether the partner collected 77 responses from the CGC sector and 79 answers from the HRM sector.
Every partner provided a separate national report. The lead partner, Danube University Krems (AT) delivered the synthesis and the comparative report. The last chapter contains general conclusions drawn from the findings and remarks to the impact, the results have for the further Intellectual Outputs of the project Connect!.
Outcome 3: Developping a handbook and training resources (IO3)
The next step is to use the collected data coming from the first two outcomes to develop a didactical framework and program description for an (academic) curriculum on the projects main topic ‘Career guidance and development for employees.
Outcome 4: Course for counsellors and coaches, adaptation and piloting of the didactical framework (IO4)
This outcome aims to provide a didactical framework and course concept for the training of professionals in the CGD and HRD field. The aim is to equip profesisonals in both public and private settings with strategies and materials that supports them in facilitating career development within and between organisations. Within the project this outcome can be seen as a cross-sectoral element that bridges between the testing and implementation stage within Higher Education and the implementation into practice in enterprises.
Outcome 5: Development of a media centre (IO5)
All relevant content (materials and resources) collected in the development of the first 4 outcomes of the project will be made accessible by creating an online media centre. All relevant resources will be selected, categorised and tagged/indexed. The aim is to provide lecturers and students as well as practitioners with additional working materials in order to organize and shape the practical working process in working with their clients. The media centre will provide a variety of resources and materials (p.e. texts, clips, exercises, games) for lecturers, students and practitioners for their work in the field of career guidance and human resources development. Through the project’s lifespan the media centre’s database will be extended, e.g. by means of scripts for lectures, outcomes of group work of students, further video material provided by the partners and their networks.
Outcome 6: Web portal (IO6)
From the start of the project the partnership will work on the development, testing and implementation of a web portal that acts as a gateway and front end for information about the project, it’s progress and the media centre (IO5) through which the project’s target groups can get access to the project’s deliveries.
Outcome 7: Piloting, evaluation and recommendations for implementation of a Higher Education Course program (IO7)
The last outcome builds on the results of the previous six outcomes and focuses on piloting and evaluating the course that is developped. The end result of this step is to deliver recommendations based on the pilots for the implementation of the HE courses in the partner organisations and their networks.