What is Career Centre?
The Career Centre of the European Faculty of Law (EFL CC) represents the connecting point between students, graduates, the Faculty and potential employers. The EFL CC was established in 2012 at the initiative of the Student Council of the European Faculty of Law with the purpose of advising the students or graduates in their career development and providing support for study and practical choices.
What is the vision and mission of the Career Centre?
The vision of the EFL CC is to become a high-quality and effective institution in the field of career development and advisory service for young people and to become the main connecting point between students, graduates, the Faculty and potential employers.
The mission of the EFL CC is to enable an easy and high-quality entry to the labour market for young people and to improve the connection between the economic and the academic environment. With the help of additional education and advisory services, the EFL CC strives towards adequately preparing students and graduates for real employment and providing appropriately trained employees for the public and the private sector.
What is the purpose of the Career Centre?
The purpose of the EFL CC is to create a comprehensive support for students both on their study path and their career path. It serves as a tool for successful transition to the first job, using various workshops, presentations of professions, individual testing and advisory services to inform students and provide them with additional practical skills, which ensures high-quality employees for the employers.
The EFL CC is also friendly to employers that are looking for employees for their companies. The EFL CC strives towards cooperating with the employers and taking into account their requirements in the labour market. Depending on the needs of employers, the EFL CC shall try to steer students towards the professions in demand, while at the same time promoting successful students, advocating their career orientation and ensuring their promotion on the labour market.
What does the Career Centre offer?
The EFL CC offers various activities aimed at students, graduates and employers, aiming to improve the transition of students to the labour market and to increase the flexibility of their employment.
- individual or group career and study consulting and career plan preparation,
• personality testing of students,
• providing information about possibilities for formal and informal acquisition of additional competencies and experience,
• advising students with special needs.
- career workshops,
• soft skills training,
• lectures, seminars, workshops, round tables and other meetings and events aimed towards connecting the students with potential employers,
• presentation of employers at the Faculty,
• visits to the working environment of employers.
Providing information on:
- job vacancies at home and abroad and options for employment,
• summer schools,
• study programmes at home and abroad,
• options for practical training at home and abroad.
- with potential employers,
• with public employment services,
• with other agencies in the field of education,
• with other similar institutions.
The project is funded by the European Social Fund within the framework of the Operational Programme for Human Resources Development for the 2007–2013 period, from the third development priority Human Resources Development, Education and Lifelong learning, priority orientation 3.3 Quality, Competitiveness and Responsiveness of Higher Education, in the ratio of 85% from the EU funds and 15% from own funds of the Ministry.
Students and graduates
What is career planning and what is its purpose?
We are not alone on the labour market. In addition to us, more and more experienced, talented and educated people are competing for jobs. This is why it is prudent to start planning own career paths early enough to ensure appropriate employment.
There are many definitions of the term career in the literature. Daniela Brečko, PhD stresses in her book Career Planning as a Dialogue Between the Individual and the Organization (Načrtovanje kariere kot dialog med posameznikom in organizacijo) that career is simply “a life path where we no longer differentiate between the professional and the private life”. The author believes that especially with the emergence of new work forms, such as voluntary work and work at home, the definition of career has changed considerably, which leads to us being unable to differentiate between career, career development and life itself.
Career is often a sequence of work and a set of activities that include elements of promotion, self-realization and personal development in a given period. We need to understand that career planning relates primarily to learning about own skills, interests, abilities and values, setting goals and designing of plans to achieve such goals. This is a process where an individual analyses own abilities, skills, values and beliefs and establishes realistic goals.
It is in the interest of the society that young people discover the profession that is in accordance with their interests, abilities and the situation on the labour market and that after completing their education, they get a job as soon as possible. This provides them with own development of potential and professional performance, which is why career planning is recommended already during study.
Career success and the extent of success largely depend on our personal traits, abilities, skills, expertise, values and goal-setting. We do not leave career planning to chance. Take your career path into your hands and start planning. “If an individual does not plan their career, the career will plan them” says Daniela Brečko.
The long-term goal of each student is a successful employment upon graduation. Everyone is looking for employment at least once in their lives. This is a very important life step because it represents taking responsibility for own professional and career development, as well as for material independence and social security. The path to the first employment is even more demanding because it means the first direct contact with the labour market and its laws.
Work experience is an important building block when searching for the first employment. Sometimes, the lack of work experience is the one obstacle that prevents young people to successfully find first employment. However, this is not always the case. Students too often forget that various forms of occasional work or practice in the course of studies are a source of work experience, which can be used to successfully penetrate to the labour market. Today, many educational programmes offer voluntary or mandatory practice to students during their studies and a lot of students decide to perform various occasional work during their studies. These forms of work can be a source of experience, which is why it is important to select working environments that are compatible with your career goals.
Finding first employment often is not easy, which is why career centres, employment consultants from recruitment agencies and other online forms of information help you in your endeavours. The more information you have, the more successful your penetration to the labour market will be.
How to search for employment?
“An effective search for employment requires organization and strategy. In order to successfully pursue employment opportunities, you need certain “work tools”, which are successfully used in the search for employment. It is even more important to define your wishes and interests that you are looking for in work. This way, you will not be mindlessly looking for any job or field of work, but only the job and field of work you see yourself in and where you will be satisfied.”
Search for employment is carried out in different ways and by using various methods. Methods in the search for employment include formal or informal and direct or indirect search. Formal search of employment means that job seekers act in accordance with pre-planned rules and procedures when obtaining information about employment opportunities. The opposite applies to the informal search for employment where job seekers do not use formalized methods and procedures. In the indirect search for employment, you have help from intermediaries, especially from relatives, acquaintances, friends, the media and institutions dealing with the provision of employment information. Direct search for employment means a direct contact of the job seeker with the employer, whether in writing or in person.
A variety of search methods are useful in the search for employment, representing various combinations of search methods described above. These include in particular personal contacts, applications, assistance of employment services, help from recruitment agencies, references, visiting companies or organizations, etc.
It is important for young people to appropriately prepare for the search of first employment. An effective and indispensable tool in the search for employment is a good resume, which reflects work experience, references, education, knowledge and other skills that could interest the employer.
• Brečko D., Načrtovanje kariere kot dialog med organizacijo in posameznikom, PlanetGV, Ljubljana, 2006
• Anja Trčel, Načrtovanje kariere je pomembno, Dnevnik, maj 2010
• Trbanc M., Verša D., Zaposlovanje mladih, v: Politika zaposlovanja, FDV, 2002
• Prvi koraki do zaposlitve- navodila za učinkovito iskanje prve zaposlitve, Zbirka KARIERA, MojeDelo.com, URL: »http://delo.mojedelo.com/delo/prirocniki/pdf/pr10.pdf«
The public tender for selection of operations is partially financed by the European Union out of the European Social Fund. The public tender for the selection of operations is carried out within the framework of the Operational Programme for the Implementation of the European Cohesion Policy in the 2014–2020 period, the priority axis: 10. Knowledge, skills and lifelong learning to enhance employability; investment priorities: 10.1. Enhancing equal access to lifelong learning for all age groups in formal, non-formal and informal settings, upgrading the knowledge, skills and competences of the workforce, and promoting flexible learning pathways including through career guidance and validation of acquired competences; specific objective: 10.1.3 Promoting flexible learning pathways and support for high-quality career guidance for youth in education at all levels of the education system. More about European cohesion policy in Slovenia can be found at the link: http://www.eu.skladi.si.
Cooperation with employers
The EFL CC is friendly to employers that are looking for employees for their companies. The EFL CC strives towards cooperating with the employers and taking into account their requirements and the situation in the labour market. Depending on the needs of employers, the EFL CC shall try to steer students towards the professions in demand, while at the same time promoting successful students and advocating their career orientation.
What does the EFL CC offer to employers?
We offer many opportunities for cooperation to organizations, striving to ensure satisfaction of students as well as employers. Students of the European Faculty of Law in Nova Gorica can cooperate with the employers in various ways or help in resolving certain problem sets. Their knowledge, creativity or performed work will help the employers to recognize new prospective employees.
The EFL CC is offering the following opportunities for cooperation to employers:
- Announcement of job vacancies, student work and student practices on the Faculty website
We offer free announcement of job vacancies, student work and student practices on the Faculty website to potential employers.
- Publication of topics for final papers or other research tasks that organizations are currently interested in and for which they want to find solutions for small or large problem sets in the organization
Potential employers may publish various topics for final papers, with which the organization finds a solution for a concrete problem or forms a comprehensive approach to its solution. Consideration of small or specific problem sets and research of a narrower field may be performed within the framework of seminar papers.
- Presentation of the organization at the Faculty
Within the framework of the EFL CC, you can arrange for a visit at the Faculty and a presentation of your company to students and graduates. The European Faculty of Law strives towards linking theory with practice and aims to provide high-quality expert knowledge and a wide range of practical skills to the students.
- Presentation of the best students and graduates to potential employers
The EFL CC represents the connecting point between students, graduates, the Faculty and potential employers. For this purpose, the EFL CC is maintaining ties to the talented students who represent high-quality and expert employees and enables the employers to connect with them.
Join us and become our partner! Ensure access to ambitious young students and graduates who will be ready to creatively and enthusiastically carry out even the most demanding tasks.
For all additional questions related to options and methods of cooperation, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ONLINE EMPLOYMENT PORTALS
EUROPEAN NETWORKS RELATED TO THE EUROPASS INITIATIVE
- http://www.mvzt.gov.si/index.php?id=345 – Division for Education Recognition (ENIC/NARIC)
- http://www.eurodesk.si/ – information for young people and those working with young people (EURODESK)
CAREER PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT
• http://www.ess.gov.si/ncips – Vocational information and counselling centre
• http://www.mojaizbira.si – vocational guidelines
• http://www.talentiran.si – recording informally acquired knowledge in the Nefiks booklet
• http://www.npk.si – obtaining national professional qualifications based on informally acquired knowledge
SLOVENIAN EDUCATION-RELATED PROGRAMMES
- http://www.slo-med.si/401.html – Slovenian Association of Mediators
EUROPEAN EDUCATION- AND EMPLOYMENT-RELATED PROGRAMMES
• http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/ – European portal for the EUROPASS initiative
• http://ec.europa.eu/eures/ – European portal for job mobility (EURES)
• http://ec.europa.eu/youreurope/index.htm – rights and opportunities for citizens in the EU (YOUR EUROPE)
• http://www.mg.gov.si/si/solvit/ – SOLVIT centre
• http://europa.eu/epso/index_sl.htm – employment in the institutions of the European Union
• http://www.mladiinfo.eu/ – information for young people
STUDY AND PRACTICE ABROAD
• http://www.cmepius.si/vzu/erasmus.aspx – ERASMUS CMEPIUS
• https://www.evro-pf.si/dejavnosti/mednarodno-sodelovanje/erasmus/ – ERASMUS at the EFL
• http://www.praksevtujini.si/wa/– AISEC practices abroad
• http://www.cmepius.si/ – Centre for Mobility and European Educational and Training Programmes – CMEPIUS.
• http://europa.eu/about-eu/working-eu-institutions/graduates/index_sl.htm – traineeship in EU bodies
• http://ec.europa.eu/ploteus/ – web search for education and trainining opportunities in Europe
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