Move and Job Abroad are two Leonardo projects initiated in 2009 by the Danish Unemployment Insurance Fund for Academics (AAK). The result of the projects will be two online platforms: One for guidance counsellors and one for graduates.
In Denmark the unemployment rate among graduates
is soaring; students are now facing an unemployment rate of more than 30%
when graduating. In the light of globalisation and the implications of the financial crisis national initiatives
to strengthen the candidates’ qualifications through counselling, internships and work experience are no longer enough
Project group meeting
Until 2009, the AAK (Akademikernes A-kasse) assisted only a few graduates in their job search abroad. This was mainly due to the low unemployment rate in Denmark at the time. However, as the employment situation of the graduates has changed due to the financial crisis, the need for knowledge and counselling about
job opportunities and job search abroad has increased significantly.
This challenge led to the initiative of the AAK to launch the two Leonardo IT projects Move
and Job Abroad
together with partner organizations from Denmark, Germany, Iceland and UK.
Move facilitates cooperation between guidance cousellors
Move has been initiated to facilitate graduate mobility and cooperation between guidance counsellors
and careers advisors. The project will create a web portal called careerabroad.net
which is to be launched soon.
Target users of this portal are career counsellors in educational institutions of higher education, Eures advisers and careers advisers in unemployment insurance funds for academics. The objective is to exchange, improve and implement best practice in mobility guidance
and to upgrade the skills of vocational guidance counsellors.
The platform will offer the following facilities:
Job abroad offers mobility information for graduates
An online training system for guidance counsellors to upgrade their knowledge in international mobility
- Self-assessment checklists
- An online communication tool
- Easy access to information on living and working conditions in other EU/EEA member states and an extensive list of links to relevant authorities etc.
Job Abroad, a partner Leonardo project, has developed and will launch a parallel pilot portal for graduates offering targeted information on career opportunities in EU/EEA
member states, online communication tools etc.
The website for graduates will be launched at address:
Counsellors’ expertise is needed
As the projects are coming to an end in 2011 counsellors’ expertise and feedback regarding the two portals will be greatly appreciated. AAK invites all guidance counsellors to comment on the pilot graduate portal
mentioned above, and submit suggestions and ideas regarding the general outline and the proposed facilities.
Suggestions and ideas may be submitted to: AAK, Karen Henningsen, KHE(at)aak.dk