CLAP@JC Online Symposium “Strengthening Career and Life Development (CLD) among Non-engaged Youth (NEY): Co-creating a Youth-enabling Environment”
Content and Speakers
Keynote Presentation 1: Recent Global Developments – Building on the Gatsby benchmarks: New ways of measuring effective career guidance
Young people are leaving education more ambitious and more highly qualified than ever before, but too often they struggle to compete for available employment. In this presentation, Anthony will set out findings from a new review of longitudinal data in ten countries that provides substantial new evidence on how career guidance can be expected to enhance the employment outcomes of young people. He will argue that the Gatsby Benchmarks present a strong platform on which to build a deeper understanding of how teenage participation in guidance activities and teenage attitudes about their futures in work can be expected to support young people through their transitions. The presentation share OECD data on how well students in Hong Kong are preparing for their futures. Finally, it will explore the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for career guidance and share examples of international practice, notably as they relate to support for the most disadvantaged youth.
Plenary Session 2: Engaging Parents to Support the Career and Life Development of Non-engaged Youth
Understanding the parental influences on the career and life development (CLD) of non-engaged youth (NEY) has been an underdeveloped research area. While the increasing prevalence of nonlinear school-to-work transitions and precarious career pathways can be especially burdensome for NEY, working with parental experiences in these youths’ CLD has also become an important topic. This session aims to facilitate dialogues about how to engage parents of NEY as resourceful partners in supporting their children’s CLD. Based on their direct experiences, the speakers will discuss how to facilitate the meaning-making of parenthood among these parents, help them reflect on their roles and cope with challenges, foster positive interactions between parents and their children, and build a supportive network with these parents.
Parallel Workshop 1: Use of Technology in Creating an Enabling Environment for Career and Life Development
In providing career and life development (CLD) services for non-engaged youth, technology is playing a more and more important role in recent years. Not only does technology act as a more effective means in engaging young people in the CLD journey, but also as a major medium in providing various opportunities and experiences under the pandemic and preparing for a new normal. Ms. Theresa Lee, an organiser for virtual internships, will share her experiences in engaging global companies to provide a real-life work experience for youth to develop, learn and apply new skills and knowledge in a digital workplace. Mr. Eric Chan will share on the development of a gamification app, which uses a game challenge approach to engage young people in CLD activities while allowing them to learn about values, attitudes, skills and knowledge (VASK) in more interactive ways.