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          First virtual career fair for pupils and students in Slovenia                                                              ICT in Guidance and Guidance in a pandemic

          The importance of partnership                                                                                              The year 2020 was very particular due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In March all schools were closed, and all
                                                                                                                                     educators had to resort to remote teaching. In October 2020, schools re-opened again for the new scholastic
          The municipality in Maribor in Eastern Slovenia near the
                                                                                                                                     year. All educators had to think outside the box and come up with innovative methods of teaching due to
          border of Austria, organized for the fifth year in a row a
                                                                                                                                     various Covid measures being implemented in schools. During March 2021, schools shut down once more, and
          career fair for youth with representatives from educational
                                                                                                                                     online teaching was on the agenda yet again.
          institutions, employers, and other partners from local
                                                                                                                                     Career guidance practitioners themselves had to adjust
          As we all know, 2020 has been a very challenging year,
                                                                                                                                     their projects in order to keep reaching out to students and
          but as there was still a need to deliver quality information
                                                                                                                                     parents in their respective colleges. The use of information
          to pupils and students about career management, a
          decision was to organise an online career fair, was made.                                                                  and communication technologies (ICT) came to the
          A team of IT experts, guidance counsellors and guidance                                                                    rescue. The availability of ICT made it possible to continue
          practitioners designed and developed an online platform.  Employment Service of Slovenia arranged an online stand          instruction and learning when physical interactions were
          The career fair was primarily designed as a regional  with career development materials.                                   no longer possible, or very limited. One particular college
                                                                Employment Service of Slovenia’s Career centre Maribor               decided to use Microsoft Forms to create an online quiz for
                                                                recorded a short promotion video about the services for              all Year 8 students (12-13 year olds). During Year 8,
                                                                youth available here. Moreover, the fair also provided               students have to choose two new option subjects to study
                                                                webinar for pupils in elementary schools about problem
                                                                                                                                     for the next three scholastic years (Year 9, 10 and 11)
                                                                management in career decision-making available here.
                                                                                                                                     depending on their abilities, interests and future career
                                                                The Virtual career fair had far reaching added value with            aspirations. This quiz was intended as an additional tool to
                                                                the information from all exhibitors was available for                help students with this important choice. The quiz was
                                                                months after the fair so that pupils and students can
                                                                                                                                     prepared in both Maltese and English languages, and it
                                                                review them when in need of help in career transitions to
                                                                                                                                     delved into the students’ hobbies, interests, likes and
                                                                education or labour market.
                                                                                                                                     dislikes, personality traits and future career aspirations.
                                                                                                                                     To compliment this ICT based tool, the career guidance  Some of the ques�ons included in the quiz were:
                                                                To sum up 60 elementary and 57 upper secondary schools               practitioners conducted online interventions through MS
                                                                participated in the online career fair. At the fair for
                                                                                                                                     Teams with all Year 8 classes in order to explain how to  What are you hobbies?
                                                                elementary schools there were 80 exhibitors who
                                                                                                                                     access and complete the quiz. At the end of the quiz,    What are your favourite subjects at school?
                                                                prepared 70 webinars and 125 chat rooms. At the fair for
                                                                secondary schools, a total of 47 exhibitors prepared as              students also had the opportunity to ask for an individual  What are your less favourite subjects at school?
                                                                many as 140 webinars and 170 chat rooms. Virtual stand               session if they needed any further assistance and
                                                                of Employment service of Slovenia and our career centre              information about the new subjects. Through this quiz,   Do you enjoy reading and wri�ng?
          experience, but the event stretched beyond to the whole
                                                                was visited by over 610 pupils and students and some                 career guidance practitioners also had the opportunity to
          of Slovenia.                                                                                                                                                                        Do you like science?
                                                                other  visitors.  Most  of  them  were  interested  in
                                                                                                                                     start building a career portfolio for each student. Various
          The expectation was that pupils and students would visit  presentation of Employment service and its activities,           individual sessions were held with students, and even with  Do you like cra�s and other hands-on ac�vi�es?
          the career fair organized during class hours or hours  videos, articles, activities/events, materials as well as           the parents, who also sought for support and guidance.   Do you play any sports?
          dedicated to career orientation.                      webinar.
                                                                                                                                                                                              Are you an organised person?
                                                                                                                                     The incorporation of these ICT tools, without a doubt,
          For students we organised a webinar on how to prepare  The overall conclusion was that the virtual career fair was                                                                  Do you find it easy making new friends?
          for job interview.                                    a big success. The career fair for elementary schools had            has generated changes in the educational and career
                                                                9.991 participants and career fair for secondary schools             guidance field. This has not only been noticed in the    Do you feel comfortable working with a group of people?
          However, due to closure of schools, we faced additional
                                                                had 9.978 participants from Maribor and neighboring                  methodologies used in the teaching-learning  process,
          challenge, how to reach youngsters who are not at                                                                                                                                   What would you like to become when you grow up?
                                                                regions.                                                             but also in the possibilities of innovation and skill
                                                                                                                                     development    for adaptation to the changes that
          As in career orientation activities in general partnership of
                                                                                                                                     educational institutions have had to undergo due to the
          different representatives is needed, an organization such                                 Daša Babič MSc                   current pandemic.                                                                           Alan Camilleri
          a fair also includes cooperation of different partners to
                                                                Career counsellor at Employment Service of Slovenia, Regional                                                               Career Guidance Teacher, National School Support Services,
          provide professional, technical and financial input.
                                                                                                        office Maribor                                                                                                      Ministry for Education

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