4 years ago

Euroguidance Insight Magazine Issue July 2020

Covid-19 has had a very disruptive effect and
international mobility is one of many activities that has
been set on hold. No one knows when universities and
learning institutions will regain their status
post-crisis. It is not possible now to think of the
situation as “getting back to normal” because normal
is being redefined, and we can only scarcely predict
some aspects of the new normal. The crisis made us
more interconnected and the need to develop a more
global mindset has become urgent. This has even
made virtual mobility a reality.
The relevance of the study on lifelong guidance
carried out by the Commission was increased by the
crisis and suggests responses to some of the challenges caused by the virus.
Unemployment caused by shutdown raises the need for reorientation and perhaps upskilling and reskilling. During
her Keynote speech at the digital Learning By Leaving conference organized by Austria, Alison Crabb1 called for
tailored guidance services. The conference itself was a showcase for guidance collaboration and a perfect example
of how far we have evolved in going virtual. Serbia was the host of another virtual seminar featuring internationally
renowned speakers such as Prof. Nancy Arthur, Dr. Deirdre Hughes, Dr. Mary McMahon and Tomas Sprlak.
Malta has also taken huge steps towards the digital age, as if they were foreseeing something happening. Both
Estonia and the UK are already heading for the future, designing guidance for Generation Z and avoiding the notion
of linear career development. In Sweden, the Public Employment Service has become digital and self-served,
focusing on updated labour market information.
Traditional learning continues at the same time and Ireland has explored innovative creativity to foster international
learning, whilst Italy has activated stakeholders to develop the field of mobility in guidance. Learning through
cross-national experiences, like study visits and conferencing, is still the preferred way of developing competencies
and will remain at the top of the agenda for many people. Finally, the new Europass is a tool integrating all types
of learning into personalised competence portfolios where all kinds of competencies are described, whether digital
or analog.