Network for Innovation in Career Guidance and Counselling in Europe

NICE Academy 2021 in Paris from November 2-5

"Building Career Management Skills"

From November 2-5, 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 10th 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.

Target Group and Level of NICE Academies

NICE Academies are aimed at two main target groups:

  1. Career Professionals, who practice career guidance and counselling as their main profession.
  2. Career specialists, who train career practitioners, conduct related research, provide supervision to career professionals, manage career services, etc.

NICE Academies provide advanced training in career guidance and counselling. We expect that all participants have completed an initial qualification in career guidance and counselling, ideally through a targeted degree program at a higher education institution, or have developed an equivalent degree of expertise (e.g., through university training in a discipline like education or psychology, through professional supervision, research, etc.). Our courses are offered at Master's level (EQF 7).

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
  • Ronald Sultana, University of Malta
  • Laurent Sovet, University of Paris, France

Descriptions of the keynote lectures will follow soon.

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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



Presentations at NICE Academies allow career specialists to share expertise from research and practice, and discuss it with academy participants. Presenters are given 20 minutes for their presentation, followed by 10 minutes of discussion, which are facilitated by the session moderators. Typically, three presentations with similar topics are combined.

The sequence of the presentations still needs to be organized

The sequence of the presentations still needs to be organized

The sequence of the presentations still needs to be organized

"Building Career Management Skills Online: A Proactive Program on the Greek Islands"

Katerina Argyropoulou & Nikolaos Mouratogou, University of Athens, Greece

"Building Career Management Skills Through Co-Careering and Emancipatory Knowledge on LinkedIn"

Anna-Margrethe Asplund, Crea Consulting, Norway

"Gender Stereotyping in the World of Work: Relation to Gender Roles, Vocational Interests, and Value Orientations"

Toni Babarovic, Dora Popovic, & Iva Sverko, University of Zagreb, Croatia

"Can Teachers Support Adolescents' Development of Career Management Skills?"

Katja Driesel-Lange, Svenja Ohlemann, & Ulrike Weyland, Universities of Münster and Berlin, Germany

"Fostering Career Management Skills in Refugee Women"

Patrizia Zanibon, Lea Ferrari, & Teresa Maria Sgaramella, University of Padova, Italy

"Creating a Self-Coaching App for Career Choice"

Tillmann Grüneberg, Deep-Potentiale, Esslingen, Germany

"Practitioners' Conceptions of Career Management Skills"

Jaana Kettunen, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

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

Seija Koskela, Päivi Kauppila, & Riikka Michelsson, JAMK University of Applied Sciences, Jyväskylä, Finland

"Stories, Expectations, and Career Development of a Young Man with Visual Impairment"

Paola Magnano, Rita Zarbo, & Andrea Zammitti, Universities of Enna ("Kore") and Catania, Italy

"'Jump into your future!': An Online Program for the Enhancement of Career Management Skills"

Andrea Zammitti, Paola Magnano, Rita Zarbo, & Giuseppe Santisi, Universities of Catania and Enna ("Kore")

"Developing Career Readiness in Young People Using the Eight Gatsby Benchmarks of Good Career Guidance"

Jill Hanson & Siobhan Neary, University of Derby, United Kingdom

"Delivering High-Quality Career Guidance to Young People: The Role of Networks and Partnerships"

Siobhan Neary & Jill Hanson, University of Derby, United Kingdom

"Bounded or Blended Professionals: Evolving Career Development Practice in Higher Education"

Siobhan Neary & Nalayini Thambar, University of Derby, United Kingdom

"Developing, Expanding, and Improving Career Education Programs in Schools to Support Individual Growth of Career Management Skills: A Holistic Model"

Svenja Ohlemann, Jerusha Klein, & Katja Driesel-Lange, Universities of Berlin and Münster, Germany

"Complexity Competence as a Basic Career Management Skill"

Christiane Schiersmann, Heidelberg University, Germany

"Bridging Perspectives in the Development of Career Management Skills: Calling for an Integrative Perspective in Career Education Programs"

Teresa Maria Sgaramella & Lea Ferrari, University of Padova, Italy

"Linking Basic Education and Career Management Skills - A Practical Case Study from Kosovo"

Denis Simon, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Pristina, Kosovo

"Can Career Adaptability Foster Career Readiness, Career Decidedness and Engagement in the Career Construction of Early Adolescents?"

Iva Sverko & Toni Babarovic, University of Zagreb, Croatia

"Developing Educational and Vocational Guidance in Albania"

Livia Nano, Nada Kallciu, & Eralda Zhilla, University of Tirana, Albania

Registration Fee

The registration fee covers food and drinks at the academy, the programme, and all learning materials. Participation at the gala dinner and cultural activities come with additional fees. Participants are expected to organise and pay for their travel and accommodation autonomously.

Early-Bird (until August 31)



€ 325,00

€ 350,00

Founders and Lecturers (1)

€ 300,00

€ 325,00

Special Rate (2)

€ 150,00

€ 150,00

Online Only (3)

€ 50,00

€ 50,00

(1) Founders are registered supporters of the NICE Foundation, either individuals or representatives of institutional founders (e.g., universities or professional associations). For an overview of the relevant bodies, please consult

(2) The special discount is available for participants with very low budgets, e.g., unemployed students or practitioners with relatively low incomes. Please request a special discount via email to the organisers.

(3) Some of the academy activities will also take place online, including keynote lectures and a selection of presentations and workshops. Active participation of online participants will be moderated. In the unlikely event that the academy cannot take place physically, the full event will take place online.


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Terms and Conditions

  • The registration of participation is binding.
  • If you have to cancel your registration, you get the full fee back until 14 days before the start of the event. People who cancel their participation after this deadline or who do not show up will only be refunded 50% of their payment.
  • The participation fees are owed upon registration and are payable within one month following submission of the registration (but not later than 7 days before the academy begins).
  • Participation is not guaranteed until full payment of the registration fee is received.
  • The academy program may be subject to changes.
  • Payments will be refunded if the academy is canceled by the organizer. In that case, the organizer will have no further liability to participants. Registrations remain valid if the academy has to be postponed or only takes place online.
  • In the event that the academy can only take place online, participants will be refunded all but € 50,00, the fee for online participation. In this case, all planned activities will be offered online as far as possible.
  • Participants are required to fulfil the demands of national and local authorities, including the University of Paris, regarding measures against the Covid-19 pandemic. This may include checks of vaccination documents upon entry of the country or the university building. We kindly recommend all participants to get vaccinated with a vaccine that is accepted by the European authorities. Participants who cannot enter France or the university due to the pandemic can participate online. Please contact us if you need assistance.


NICE Foundation (Responsible Organisation): Dr Anne Chant & Johannes Katsarov

University of Paris (Host Organisation): Dr Laurent Sovet & Emmanuel Wassouo

In Dialogue (Partner Organisation): Yvor Broer

Scientific Committee

Caroline Arnoux-Nicolas, University of Paris Nanterre, Nanterre, France

Yvor Broer, In Dialogue, Gouda, The Netherlands

Sandra Cheyne, Skills Development Scotland Leasachadh Sgilean na h-Alba, Glasgow, Scotland

Lea Ferrari, University of Padua, Padua, Italy

Gill Frigerio, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK

Rebeca García Murias, University of the Federal Employment Agency, University of Applied Labour Studies, Mannheim, Germany

Lorraine Johnson, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK

Eva Kavkova, EKS, Prague, Czech Republic

Monika Kil, Danube University Krems The University of Continuing Education, Krems, Austria

Paul King, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland

Aira Klampe, Liepaja University, Liepaja, Latvia

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

Czesław Noworol, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland

Monika Petermandl, Danube University Krems The University of Continuing Education, Krems, Austria

Shékina Rochat, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Valbona Rraci, Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation, Prishtina, Kosovo

Teresa Maria Sgaramella, Università degli Studi di Padova, Padova, Italy

V. Scott H. Solberg, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Tomas Sprlak, European Federation of Centres of Career Guidance and Bilan de Compétences (FECBOP), Vichy, France

Åsa Sundelin, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden

Inger-Lise Vanja Lund Petersen, University College Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark