Career Guidance in the Introduction Programme for Refugees in Norway – Facilitating Mastering, Planning and Problem Solving in Adult Learning (68750)

Session Information: Adult, Lifelong & Distance Learning
Session Chair: May Olaug Horverak

Friday, 22 September 2023 15:20
Session: Session 3
Room: Sant Sebastia
Presentation Type:Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 2 (Europe/Madrid)

Immigrating to a new country with a foreign culture may be challenging in many ways. In Norway, one of the challenges immigrants face is the high requirements of education in most types of occupations. Hence, career guidance has become a central element in the introduction programme for refugees. This guidance includes supporting immigrants to identify their strengths, or career competencies, and to help them choose a career path. It may be difficult to work towards a goal, and there may be different obstacles on the way to taking an education or making a career and finding a job. To help immigrants work towards goals and solve problems that occur, a five-step method has been applied in adult learning, where they identify 1) what is important, 2) what they are good at, 3) what may hinder them, 4) what they need to focus on and 5) what they need to do. Evaluations show that of 39 respondents, 87 % report that the method helps them find out what is important, 79 % that the method gives them motivation to work, 79 % have managed to follow their own plans, and 77 % have become better at finding solutions to what is difficult. One of the respondents reports “I focus on what is difficult, try to work with it and think positively, be calm and not stress”. The results shows a potential in applying a systematic approach to support adult immigrants to deal with a challenging new situation.

May Olaug Horverak, Birkenes Learning Centre, Norway
Marianne Fredrikke Spilling Henriksen, Birkenes Learning Centre, Norway

About the Presenter(s)
Dr May Olaug Horverak is a School Administrator at Birkenes municipality in Norway

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Posted by Clive Staples Lewis

Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00