Publication Type: Success story
Country: Bulgaria
Skills addressed
Self-awareness; Labour market awareness; Employability; Career planning; Resilience; Problem solving; Creativity; Self-employment skills; Collaboration; Curiosity and inquisitiveness; Communication and customer orientation; Leadership;

(EN) Last day of the Career Skills Project

Today is the last day of the Career Skills Project. It’s been 3 years since we started this ambitious, challenging, and successful initiative, and looking back to see what we leave behind makes us satisfied and proud.
Our main product - the Career Skills Platform is a European online space, devoted to explaining, developing, and supporting career management skills in the lifespan. The platform has attracted 18 890 unique visitors, including 850 registered users who benefit from the whole range of tools, that will remain freely available until the end of 2025.
The Career Skills Catalogue explains the 12 career management competencies we identified as key the successful personal and professional fulfillment. A structured framework describes how different levels of skills – Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced – are demonstrated and the assessment tool makes it easy for anyone to determine their own skill level.
We developed a massive open online course (MOOC) that has helped hundreds of users of all ages improve their key career skills. The 12 modules contain 360 exercises and are designed for all ages - from students to senior professionals, with a varied approach and individual pace of learning.
We trained 247 trainers and piloted the MOOC with 568 learners, 96% of whom provide very positive feedback on the practical approach, diversity of tasks, and learning approaches, as well as on the useful resources in the MOOC. In addition to it, we collected a rich pool of useful videos on the Career Skills YouTube channel.
The free online map of career services includes over 540 registered career counselors and organizations. The map connects clients who need help finding a job or career change with those who offer a qualified career service.
The Network section allows career advisors to share their initiatives and good practices with the community of practitioners and with the broader public.
The Career Skills project has been promoted in 76 events, with 4133 participants, and reached 385 432 individuals through the information campaign. We collected expert tips on career skills development from 75 recognized experts. 140 policy experts and stakeholders supported the implementation of the project, and 750 individuals followed our Facebook page.
The project has been implemented by Business Foundation for Education/Фондация на бизнеса за образованието in Bulgaria, University of Jyväskylä - Jyväskylän yliopisto in Finland, Réseau International des Cités des métiers in France, Internationale Projekte - Volkshochschule im Landkreis Cham e.V. in Germany, IED Institute of Entrepreneurship Development in Greece and Aspire-igen Group in the UK.
Here is part of the team that has been involved in the implementation of the project: Nevena Rakovska, Gergana Rakovska, Jaana Kettunen, Raimo Vuorinen, Athina Daldogiannou, Natasha Pristrom, Michael Miller, Aleksandra Sikorska, Benjamin Dumont, Antoine Beillevaire, Alexandra Chimona, Andrew Stapelton.
We would like to THANK YOU – career counselors, clients, learners, partners, experts, and stakeholders – for the great support and encouraging feedback! The show must go on!
The Career Skills Project is a Forward-Looking Cooperation Project, funded with the support of the European Commission, No: 612877-EPP-1-2019-1-BG-EPPKA3-PI-FORWARD.

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