Network for Innovation in Career Guidance and Counselling in Europe

NICE Academy 2021 in Paris from April 20-23

"Building Career Management Skills"

From April 20-23, 2021, the Network for Innovation in Career Guidance and Counselling will hold its third NICE Academy at the University of Paris. The academy will be dedicated to the challenges of “Building Career Management Skills.”

 We thank our host, Dr Laurent Sovet from the University of Paris, for his kind invitation and very much look forward to this event, which also marks the 10 th Anniversary of NICE.

We already have a great lineup of keynote lectures and workshops. Further calls for presentations will be announced soon. If you want to receive our regular updates, please subscribe by contacting us (below).

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Theme of the Academy

Following Sultana (2012), career management skills can be defined as “a whole range of competences which provide structured ways for individuals and groups to gather, analyse, synthesise and organise self, educational and occupational information, as well as the skills to make and implement decisions and transitions” (p. 229). They have become a key focus for implementing career educational programs and career competence-based curricula across EU countries. NICE (2016) attributes the professional role of Career Education to this important task and defines relevant competence standards for career practitioners.

When its educational component is forgotten or ignored, career guidance and counselling cannot unleash its full potential. By incorporating the promotion of career management skills in our practice, we can empower people to master their career-related challenges autonomously; we can support them in attaining more control over their career development; in becoming more independent.

And we need to do so. While globalization and innovation bring many benefits, they also challenge people to engage in lifelong learning. Organizations, too, are under continuous pressure to adapt, with many of them become less hierarchic, smaller, and more flexible. In this kind of an environment, citizens’ ability to manage their own career development becomes crucial. We need to prepare people to deal with career-related challenges across their lifetime, not only at the beginning of their careers. For this purpose, we need to support citizens’ learning and development of career management skills. However, many questions arise with this realization:

  • What are the career management skills that actually support clients in mastering their career development? How do we know that they work?
  • Does everybody need the same set of career management skills? Or are there meaningful differences between national contexts, labor markets...?
  • How can career professionals effectively support clients in developing their career management skills? What approaches work? Why? And what if time is extremely limited?
  • How and why should we assess career management skills? What techniques and tools are there?
  • How can career professionals work together with educational bodies to promote career management skills? How could the role of career professionals evolve in the future?
  • Are there any risks attached to the promotion of career management skills? Could we be misleading clients in the long run? Could the promotion of career management skills damage our profession?
  • How can career practitioners be trained to build citizens’ career management skills at schools, universities and through further education? What knowledge, skills and competences are needed? How can they be developed?

These are the sorts of questions that the third NICE Academy in Paris will focus on. Through interactive keynote lectures, various training workshops to choose from, presentations of innovative approaches and important research findings, and various networking activities, we hope to foster a meaningful exchange of knowledge about the promotion of career management skills and career education.


NICE (2016). European Competence Standards for the Academic Training of Career Practitioners. Opladen: Barbara Budrich.

Sultana, R. G. (2012). Learning career management skills in Europe: A critical review. Journal of Education and Work, 25(2), 225–248.

Keynote Lectures

At the NICE Academy in Paris, we will welcome three international keynote lectures offered by:

  • Hazel Reid, Canterbury Christ Church University, United Kingdom
  • Laurent Sovet, University of Paris, France
  • Rie Thomsen, Aarhus University Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Tonje Gravås, Kompetanse Norge, Norway

Descriptions of the keynote lectures will follow soon.

Training Workshops

Training workshops provide highly interactive learning opportunities. They last 90 minutes and don’t require any preparation from participants. No more than 30 minutes should be dedicated to speeches or presentations. Activities can comprise group discussions, individual or group exercises, peer learning, discussions, collegial counselling/intervision, playing educational games, structured reflection, etc.

The sequence of the workshops still needs to be organized

The sequence of the workshops still needs to be organized

The sequence of the workshops still needs to be organized

"Promoting Meaning in Life and Work through a Game"

Caroline Arnoux-Nicolas, Université Paris-Nanterre, France, & Shékina Rochat, University of British Columbia, Canada

"Preparing individuals to manage and exploit unpredictability"

Sandra Cheyne, Skills Development Scotland, Glasgow, United Kingdom

"Call me! How we can work with career, vocation and calling to support our own career development (as well as our clients)"

Gill Frigerio, University of Warwick, UK

"Career Management Skills for Complex Intermediary Systems"

Lorraine Johnson, University of Warwick, United Kingdom

"Critically reflecting our practice - do we really have our clients' best interest in mind?"

Eva Kavková, EKS, European Contact Group, Prague, Czech Republic

"The BASIC Model as a Tool to Develop Career Management Skills"

Seija Koskela, JAMK University of Applied Sciences, Jyväskylä, Finland

"Refugees and Migrants - How to Work with Lifelong Career Management Skills"

Thi-Van Patillon, Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, France, & Inger-Lise Petersen, University College Copenhagen, Denmark

"Deep Talk - A Recreational Practice Encouraging and Supporting a Meaningful Dialogue on What Matters in Career"

Paul King, Dublin City University, Ireland

"Building Career Management Skills: Implementing the 2030 Agenda Goals in Career Education"

Teresa Sgaramella & Lea Ferrari, University of Padua, Italy

"Mentoring Programme to Prepare Guidance Practitioners for Quality Assurance"

Tomas Sprlak, Association for Career Guidance and Career Development, Slovakia

"My Career and Academic Plan (MyCAP) - How to implement the program and use the materials"

Scott Solberg, Boston University, USA

"Coaching on Statistics and Quantitative Methods"

Czeslaw Noworol, Jagiellonian University Krakow, Poland


NICE Foundation (Responsible Organization): Johannes Katsarov

University of Paris (Host Organization): Dr Laurent Sovet

In Dialogue (Partner Organization): Yvor Broer