An online course helped young people across the world to discover their talents, make an impact in their communities and sell their abilities for future employers.
Youth unemployment is currently at 17% across the EU, but some countries like Greece (45%), Spain (39%) and Italy (36%) are experiencing particularly high rates. The European Commission’s Youth strategy recognises the need to provide young people with more opportunities in education and the job market. To help achieve this, an EU-funded project built an online course to help young people find out which career path best suits their character and skills. Project coordinator Ana Alibegova said:
“Young people are often left on their own to make career and life choices, so we developed a programme that empowers them to choose a development path that matches their personality, values and beliefs.”
The online course ‘Discover Yourself: Build a Career and Make an Impact’ enabled young people to go on a journey of self-discovery, uncover their talents and learn skills useful in life and career. Over 2,200 participants enrolled.
An online course helped young people across the world to discover their talents, make an impact in their communities and sell their abilities for future employers
The course was based on four pillars: personal, professional, community and sustainable development. Young people found answers to questions like who am I, what do I do well, what can I do for my community and what does the world need? It helped participants identify their skill gaps, seek opportunities to enhance their career and summarise their achievements in eye-catching formats for future employers and academic institutions. The course also allowed people to map an ideal career path, build a CV, and helped them to find their personality type and develop their own ideas. For project coordinators, Cease Cowering was a starting point to develop a strategic response to youth unemployment in Southeast and Central Europe.