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The G-Guidance Project: vocational and personal development

Goal: This project is designed to address the need to implement integrated, comprehensive and effective career guidance services and methodologies in educational settings. The general aim is to prevent the widespread problem of early school leaving, poor qualifications and disadvantage, which will have an impact on societal and economical problems (productivity, criminality, employment, health, social exclusion, etc.) across all over the world. For more information please go to the webside: https://g-guidance.eu/language/en/

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Francisco Holgado-Tello
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Rita Massaro1, Carla Nasti1, Alessandro Lo Presti1, Roberto Marcone1, Ida Sergi1, Gaetana Affuso1, Lucia Ariemma1, Gennaro Cordasco1, Anna Esposito1, Maria Bianco2, Alessandro Mercogliano2, Massimo De Pasquale2, Mariateresa Pavone2, Vincenzo Paolo Senese1
1Dipartimento di Psicologia, Università della Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”
2Liceo Scientifico Statale “Giordano Bruno”, Arzano (Napoli)
Career choice is a very important decision in individuals' lives as it can affect the well-being of individuals and society. Based on these considerations, in the preliminary phase of the G-Guidance project (www.g-guidance.eu), the research team involved in the project collected data with the aim to describe which preferences and factors determine career choices in European adolescent and investigate gender differences that have been previously described in the literature. To this aim, a sample of 430 Italian students (13-20 years; 66.7% females) from the Italian school involved in the project, Liceo Scientifico Statale “Giordano Bruno” (Arzano - Naples), was recruited and was administered a questionnaire that investigated: plans after school, perceived control of the career choice, sources information considered, self-reported skills, the working area of interest and the perceived importance of guidance information. Results showed that most students (>86%) declared that they will continue studying after school and choose by themselves the career. The more frequently consulted information sources were the internet, professionals and family, and that the more frequently self-reported skills were autonomy and team working ability. Moreover, data showed gender differences in self-reported skills, the working area of interest and perceived importance of guidance information. Males reported to have more self-esteem than females, but the opposite pattern was observed for initiative, precision and attention to details. Males are more oriented to work in the scientific field, whereas females are more oriented to the social field. Finally, females evaluated guidance information as more important than males. Results confirmed the relevance of sex differences in career choices and supported the importance and need of tailored career guidance activities to promote a better adjustment.
 
Francisco Holgado-Tello
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Our Project has continued to move forward despite the unforeseen difficulties we have all had to face as a consequence of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic at all levels of human activity, which logically includes the field of career development: “Globally everything has stopped: projects were postponed, and workplaces were closed but this situation has pushed career counselors to search for new opportunities about how career guidance could be carried out” (Sapale et al., 2021).
We are currently about to complete the latest version of our gamified platform with a wide and diverse range of multimedia resources at the service of adolescent students and their career counsellors and schools to assist them in building their own academic and vocational careers in the current international scenario of uncertainty, in which the constants are permanent change, along with continued intercultural permeability, globalisation and the pervasive presence of social networks. This whole scenario exerts on young people a power of enormous attraction of their attention towards multiple focuses that demand, for their appropriate psychosocial adjustment, a feeling of agency and control of their lives, essential for them to become sustainable agents of their own decision-making and construction, in short, of their own lives.
The analysis of career development and career guidance has revitalised its social relevance with the global crisis since 2020, as various international handbooks and institutions have been attesting.
Within the framework of the project, we have produced our first cross-national descriptive research article which we hope will soon be published in an interdisciplinary scientific journal of international standing.
As we continue to move on to the next phase of the project, in which we will test the platform with real schools in Portugal, Spain, Italy, Bulgaria and Greece, we invite you to visit the interactive-cooperative resource that we made public during the #Erasmusdays week last October. Check out our G-Guidance project at a glance here.
We continue working to develop new digital tools and scientifically grounded pedagogical practices to enhance the personal growth of young Europeans.
See you soon!
 
Miguel Carrasco
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This project is designed to address the need to implement integrated, comprehensive and effective career guidance services and methodologies in educational settings. The general aim is to prevent the widespread problem of early school leaving, poor qualifications and disadvantage, which will have an impact on societal and economical problems (productivity, criminality, employment, health, social exclusion, etc.) across all over the world. For more information please go to the webside: https://g-guidance.eu/language/en/