Cross Border Seminar 2023 in Dresden  Working as a guidance counsellor in a changing world  do we have what it takes

More than 80 career counsellors and guidance experts from Europe met in Dresden from 23.05. - 24.05.2023 to passionately learn from each other and share many new ideas and good examples from guidance practice in their countries. This was made possible by Euroguidance Germany,which organised this year's Cross Border Seminar together with Euroguidance centres from 11 countries.

Under the motto "Working as a guidance counsellor in a changing world - (do) we have what it takes?", the participants discussed over the two days in 15 different thematic workshops how the demographic, digital and ecological structural change in education, occupation and employment affects the work of guidance counsellors and what knowledge and competences they will need in the future to be able to give their clients the best possible guidance and decision-making support in their career planning.

In his welcoming speech, Steffen Sottung, Managing Director International Affairs of the Federal Employment Agency (BA), addressed the current challenges on the labour market in Europe and placed them in the BA's current fields of action. In this context, Sottung emphasised the importance of lifelong career guidance and the role of career counsellors as well as the importance of cross-border cooperation between career guidance services in Europe in which Euroguidance plays a central role.

Prof. Dr. Peter Weber from the University of Applied Sciences of the Federal Employment Agency (HdBA) presented new strategies for career guidance and counselling as well as a future competence model for guidance professionals in his subsequent keynote speech "New strategies and services in vocational and career guidance and counselling in the light of a changing world of work - challenges and future competences for practitioners" and gave the participants interesting food for thought to start the event.

The participants' summary at the end of the event was consistently positive and they took home many impulses and new perspectives for their practical work. To put it in the words of two participants:

"Rarely have I been able to gather such exciting experiences in workshops and met such great people as at this year's Cross Border Seminar. Thank you again for letting me be a part of it."

"Thank you very much for the great experience you gave me. It was a very valuable experience for me to be able to interact with people from so many countries."

For more information you are welcome to view the seminar programme and the various workshops on our CBS seminar website

The documentation of the Cross Border Seminar are publishedhere: