ESVDC Newsletter 2/2015
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ESVDC Newsletter 2/2015

European Society for Vocational Designing and Career Counselling

ESVDC Symposium

Resources for Youth and Adults’ Career Transitions


At the NICE conference in Bratislava on May 28-30, 2015 the ESVDC organized a research symposium entitled « Resources for Youth and Adults’ Career Transitions », and chaired by Dr. Jacques Pouyaud, University of Bordeaux, France.
The symposium included three presentations:
  • Using Narratives and other Qualitative Procedures in Career Counselling with Youth in Transition by Dr. Lea Ferrari, Dr. Teresa Maria Sgaramella, Prof. Dr. Salvatore Soresi, University of Padova, Italy;
  • Hope and Role Models as Career Resources in Career Transitions of Adolescents by Prof. Dr. Andreas Hirschi and Domingo Valero, University of Bern, Switzerland; and
  • Career Transition of Executives from Private Enterprises to Non-profit Organizations: The role of training programmes by Prof. Dr. Valérie Cohen-Scali, Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM), France.
The discussant Prof. Dr. Jean-Pierre Dauwalder, University of Lausanne, Switzerland, summarizes:
Although focusing on different populations, the three contributions shared some common features: 1. They intended to overcome the traditional person-environment fit approach; 2. They used qualitative and quantitative methods and 3. They went beyond the classical ideas about transitions found in the works of Riverin-Simard, 1993 or Schlossberg et al, 1995.
The contribution by Ferrari, Sgargamella, and Soresi from Padova (IT) presented interesting research about instruments and interactive tools, allowing to capture individual variability in coping with transitions by youth. The presentation of two careful empirical studies by Andreas Hirschi and Domingo Valero from Berne (CH) illustrated the necessity to go beyond simple cause-effect correlations and to include mediator/moderator variables, such as hope/motivation in transitions for adolescents. Finally the contribution by Valérie Cohen-Scali from CNAM-INETOP Paris (F) showed the power of a well-thought exploratory qualitative study to challenge fundamental theoretical ideas. In conclusion, one observes that transitions occur at different life stages and within different contexts, probably needing custom tailored, rather than ‘one fits all’, approaches.

Riverin-Simard, D. (1993; 2001, 3e impression). Transitions professionnelles: choix et stratégies. Québec: Presses de l'université Laval (ISBN-2-7637-7327-3) (284pg)
Schlossberg, N.; Waters, E.B. ; Goodmann, J. (1995) Counseling Adults in Transition. Linking Practice with Theory.
Springer Publishing, New York.

European Doctoral Programme in Career Guidance and Counselling (ECADOC)

Second Summer School Paris 29th June-4th July 2015

The Crossroads of Professionalization 
by Anouk Albien & Christina Pernsteiner 

Career paths pave the way for subsistence, meaning and fulfilment, both in personal life and society. Since the 1900s, theories, educational and support structures have been recreated to address the challenges of vocational development. Recently, career guidance and counselling (CGC) is becoming an increasingly autonomous discipline with its own university institutions and chairs. The European Doctoral Programme in Career Guidance and Counselling, founded in 2013, is a further milestone in this professionalization. It is a collaborative venture of the European Society for Vocational Designing and Career Counseling and the Network for Innovation in Career Guidance and Counselling in Europe. The aim is to promote an international CGC research community, particularly through the organisation of summer schools. The first summer school took place in Padova 2014. The second summer school was held in Paris, organised by ECADOC’s scientific committee, including Laura Nota, Valérie Cohen-Scali, Rachel Mulvey, Jérôme Rossier, Rie Thomsen, Peter Weber and Johannes Katsarov. The event was hosted by Valérie Cohen-Scali at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers. Twenty-eight PhD students from twenty-two countries were selected as participants. They had the opportunity to develop their research competencies and present their research projects.
The programme included:
  • Cross-cultural and international research on CGC, its methodologies and challenges (Laura Nota & Salvatore Soresi; Fons van de Vijver; Ronald Sultana),
  • Explicitation interview techniques (Anne Cazemajou),
  • Qualitative procedures in CGC (Maria Eduarda Duarte)
  • International research databases in the field of education (e.g. PISA) for CGC (Patrick Werquin),
  • Presentation of the UNESCO and the UNESCO Chair on Lifelong Guidance and Counselling, especially the “Incheon Declaration Education 2030: Towards inclusion & equitable quality education & lifelong learning for all” (Jean Guichard, Sobhi Tawil & Borhene Chakroun)
  • Presentation of the European Research Agenda of the ECADOC project (Peter Weber & Johannes Katsarov)
  • Strategies for dissemination and publication of CGC research finding (Hazel Reid) and
  • Reflective activities about summer school and personal career development (Rachel Mulvery & Rie Thomsen).

ECADOC Symposium

Social Relevance and Quality in Career Guidance and Counselling Research

The ECADOC symposium “Social Relevance and Quality in Career Guidance and Counselling Research” was held at the 6th NICE Conference in Bratislava (28th-30th May, 2015)
The ECADOC symposium “Social Relevance and Quality in Career Guidance and Counselling Research” in the 6th NICE Conference, Bratislava (28th-30th May, 2015), was coordinated by professor Laura Nota (University of Padova, Italy), who is the scientific coordinator of the ECADOC project, and held by professor Rie Thomsen (Aarhus University, Denmar), who is a member of the scientific committee of the ECADOC project, professor Sif Einarsdóttir (University of Iceland) and professor Hazel Reid (Canterbury Christ Church University), experts in quality management and evaluation board of the ECADOC project.

In her talk, Laura Nota presented the goals of the ECADOC project and some positive outcomes of the first summer school organized in Padova from 15th to 20th September, 2015. Specifically, she emphasized that the vision of the ECADOC project is to set up a sustainable European Doctoral Programme specialized on career guidance and counselling, and so particularly relevant are quantitative, qualitative and collaborative research approaches.

Then, Sif Einarsdóttir, in in her talk entitled ‘Cultural issues in quantitative research: Etic and emic approaches’ focused on the concepts and research of cross cultural psychology in the field of career guidance and counselling. She presented etic and emic approaches in cross-cultural research, and highlighted the importance of derived etic and mixed methods to best understand the universal aspects and culture specificity of career constructs and theories.

The second presentation, entitled ‘Enhancing the rigour in qualitative and interpretive research: from a critical friend to collaborative inquiry’ by Hezel Reid, proposed many different interpretive approaches, and emphasized the relevance of narrative and interpretive approach in 21st century, and the criteria for enhancing the rigour of qualitative and interpretive research.

Lastly, Rie Thomsen’s presentation ‘Collaborative practice based research: Groups, circles, networks’, focused on collaborative research frameworks for both researchers and practitioners. Specifically, she specified that research circles, action learning groups or participatory networks rest on the ideal of complementary and collaborative knowledge production, and emphasized the relevance of the relationship between policy and practice within the field of career guidance and counselling. 

Call for Nominations

2016 Award for Distinguished Contributions to Vocational Designing and Career Counselling


The European Society for Vocational Designing and Career Counselling (ESVDC) is seeking nominations for the “2016 Award for Distinguished Contributions to Vocational Designing and Career Counselling”. This annual award recognizes distinguished contributions to the advancement of a European and International perspective and research in Vocational Designing and Career Counselling. The focus of these contributions can be either in the candidate’s home country (e.g., serving as an advocate for a European and International perspective in Vocational Designing and Career Counselling in one’s country), across multiple countries, or through various international and European associations or journals. Candidates may be from any country and can be ESVDC members as well as non-members. Recipients of the award will be featured in the ESVDC Newsletter and honoured at the next General Assembly of the ESVDC.
Nominations should include:
  • A supporting statement (max. 500 words)
  • A current vita
  • A list of relevant publications
  • Letters of support from two people familiar with the nominee's relevant contributions
Nominations will be reviewed by an Awards Committee appointed by the ESVDC President. Nominations and supporting materials should be sent to the Chair of the Awards Committee: Prof. Dr. Laura Nota (e-mail: The deadline for submission is March 1, 2016. 

Call for Nominations



The ESVDC aims, among others, to promote research in the broad field of vocational designing and career counseling. ESVDC chose to create a special award for persons who are engaged in this field of research and recently earned a PhD degree. This award will recognize their excellent contributions to the field of Vocational Designing and Career Counseling research.
The competition for this award is open to non-tenured young researchers working in Europe who earned their PhD degree (doctorate) after March 1st, 2013. Candidates may be from any country and can be ESVDC members as well as non-members. Researchers holding - at the moment of the application deadline (March 1st, 2016) - a temporary teaching or research contract or a grant at public or private research institutes and universities or other institution of higher education are eligible. Tenured staff or faculty members cannot participate in the competition.
We specifically encourage the submission of outstanding research that was conduced within a joint research project in Europe by young researchers. However, research not based on joint European project is also eligible.
Applicants should submit the following documents:
  1. a request to participate to the “Young Researchers Award” (indicating name, surname, date of birth, age, education and position), certifying satisfaction of eligibility criteria;
  2. a detailed description (in English) of the research submitted to the selection procedure (no longer than 2000 words). This should include (a) an introduction, (b) hypotheses, (c) participants and measures, (d) procedure and data analysis, (e) results and (f) conclusions;
  3. a CV that gives special attention to their publications
Please submit the application electronically to ESVDC (mail: by March 1st, 2016 and specify the object: ESVDC Young Researchers Award.
Manuscripts will be evaluated by an ad hoc committee, chaired by Professor Raoul van Esbroeck and including senior international scholars, members of ESVDC.
Participants will be notified on the results of the selection procedure by April 30th, 2016.
Recipients of the award will be featured in the ESVDC Newsletter and honored at the next ESVDC General Assembly.

Announcing the Next ESVDC Symposium

The ESVDC will host a scientific symposium at the
UNESCO Chair on Lifelong Guidance and Counseling International scientific conference
June 6 - 8 2016 in Wroclaw, Poland


Guidance and counseling promoting decent work: old problems, new challenges

Chair: Prof. Maria Eduarda Duarte

Presentations by:

David Blustein, Boston College, USA: "The impact of work in people's lives: Implications for career practice, research, and policy".

Marcelo Ribeiro, University of S. Paulo, Brazil: "Towards diversified ways to promote decent work: a career guidance and counseling proposal for informal workers".

Kobus Maree, University of Pretoria, South Africa, & Annamaria di Fabio, University of Firenze, Italy: "How can career counseling impact positively on omproving the living conditions of people with poverty?: A 'filling the half-empty glass' perspective.

Lea Ferrari, Teresa Maria Sgaramella, Salvatore Soresi, Maria Cristina Ginevra, Laura Nota, University of Padova e University of Milano Bicocca: 'New lines of work for a future of quality: argumentation, courage and career adaptability'

Announcing the Next ECADOC Symposium

The will be a ECADOC symposium at the
UNESCO Chair on Lifelong Guidance and Counseling International scientific conference
June 6 - 8 2016 in Wroclaw, Poland


The European Doctoral School ECADOC: Roots, Present and Future

Chair: Prof. Jerome Rossier, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Presentations by:

Jean-Pierre Dauwalder, University of Lausanne, Switzerland: "Strategic Challenges behind the ECADOC Project" 

Caroline Arnoux, Marie Line Robinet and Valerie Cohen-Scali, Cnam, Paris, France : "Experience of doctoral students involved in an ECADOC summer school" 

Sara Santilli, Ilaria Di Maggio, Salvatore Soresi and Laura Nota: "Joint research projects: Ideas, actions, collaborations"

Save the date!

The ESVDC General Assembly 2016

The next ESVDC general assembly will be held at the UNESCO Chair on Lifelong Guidance and Counseling International scientific conference, June 6 - 8 2016 in Wroclaw, Poland


A message from our treasurer:

Please don't forget to pay your membership fee!

Dear members,
We kindly remind you to pay your 2015 and/or 2016 membership fee if you did not yet do so.
As a reminder:
Full membership fee is € 50,00
Associate membership fee is € 30,00


The amount for the 2015 membership was due and payable by 31 August 2015. Please pay your membership fee if you have not done so yet.
The ESCDC membership fees for 2016 will be due and payable by 31 August 2016.

The best way to pay your fee is to use a SEPA transfer to the bank account listed below.
The bank transfer charges will be born by the association. The amount is due and payable by 31 August 2015.
The ESVDC bank account is:
Bank Account Nr.: 0525-1375350-01
IBAN Code: CH44 0483 5137 5350 0100 0


The ESVDC Board wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happy 2016!

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