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Cross Border Seminars

Cross Border Seminars – A Euroguidance Initiative

The idea of Cross-Border seminars came into existence in 2005 as an initiative of Euroguidance centres of three neighbouring countries – Austria, Czech Republic, and Slovakia. The main objectives were not only joining EG centres and their cooperation in common activity, but also organising meetings and networking of practitioners and policy makers from the field of guidance from the cooperating countries. To provide participants of the seminar with the broadest possible perspective on chosen topics, all centres were involved in programme planning and preparation. This way seminar could join national experts and offer presentations of the current trends and topics of all countries.

Traditionally seminars not only interconnect different countries, but are an opportunity for bringing together policy makers, decision makers from ministries, experts from research institutions and universities as well as guidance counsellors and other practitioners.

In the years 2005-2008 three Cross-Border seminars were realized within this cooperation with the following topics:

2005, Brno, Czech Republic: Psychological Methods in Career and Vocational Guidance

2006, Bratislava, Slovakia: Transition from Secondary Schools to the World of Work

2007, Wien, Austria: Guidance in Institutions of Higher Education

In 2009 three other countries – Germany, Hungary and Slovenia – were involved in preparation and organization of the Cross Border seminar.

2009, Tábor, Czech Republic: Career Guidance without Barriers

This broadening of cooperation proved to be meaningful as more interesting workshops, speeches and discussions could take place. Therefore this cooperation continued also for Cross-Border Seminar 2010 and another new country – Poland – joined this initiative, too.

2010, Bratislava, Slovakia: Professional Care for Counsellors – Who Cares for Those Who Care

2011, Budapest, Hungary: Innovative Tools and Methods in Career Guidance and Counselling


Since 2012, three other countries have joined the Cross-Border initiative – Croatia, Romania and Switzerland.
2012, Bled, Slovenia: Career Management Skills

2013, Warsaw, Poland: Methods, Techniques and Tools to Diagnose Competences

2014, Zagreb, Croatia: Counselling Methods for Fighting Youth Unemployment

2015, Retz, Austria: Guidance Crossing Borders

2016, Potsdam, Germany: Cross-Cultural Guidance and International Careers – Integrating migrants and minorities

Today, international experience and intercultural competence are a crucial advantage for a professional career on the employment market. However, migrants competencies are frequently not recognised and skills they might need for the employment market are not sufficiently supported. Easy access to guidance services as well as participation in education and/or work are two essential prerequisites to make a person‘s individual potential useful – for himself and the society – and to further his professional and social integration.