The current ‘leader’ among national institutions promoting the integration of digital technologies for guidance and, specifically, career information provision, is the Ministry of Education and Science. Utilising structural funding from the European Social Fund (ESF), the Ministry set up the first national portal for career guidance.
The portal provides information on education and training programmes, as well as insights into the labour market, along with a series of guidance and inspiration tools to support individuals and career counsellors in choosing their education and career paths. Moreover, it serves as a national knowledge resource for professionals in the education and guidance sector, as well as an online gateway for the ‘e-guidance-for-all’ service.
The Ministry of Education and Science will implement a project connecting schools with the labour market. For this purpose, an additional specialised module ‘School - labour market’ will be built into the existing National portal for student career guidance. The module is part of the project BG05M2OP001-2.001-0001 Career guidance system in school education funded by the operational programme Science and education for smart growth 2014-20, jointly funded by the European Union through the European Structural and Investment Funds.
The objective of the module is to support the career guidance that graduates in secondary education receive by providing them access to up-to-date information on the socioeconomic development of different country regions and labour market trends. The module will support career guidance, work and professional realisation in the job searching and employment process.
The portal will contain detailed information on the economy of each region of the country, including:
- strategic priority areas;
- leading enterprises;
- industry sectors;
- employment statistics;
- job opportunities;
- job requirements.
Beneficiaries of the portal will be mainly students over 15 who are looking for temporary or seasonal work, as well as graduates who have completed secondary education and acquired a professional qualification seeking a sustainable professional realisation on the labour market.
The students will be able to create a profile and curriculum vitae to reflect their achievements at school and other personal qualities and skills. These profiles will be available to prospective employers with the possibility for filtering by types and degrees of the acquired professional qualification. The students will also receive online help regarding the approaches for successful self-presentation in a job interview.
There will be online information on labour rights and responsibilities as required by the labour law. Furthermore, the portal will also maintain a continually updating database of internet sites that offer job vacancies. The system will also be used by employers, career guidance centres and career counsellors, pedagogical counsellors, school psychologists and teachers, as well as from parents and others involved in career guidance.
Ministry of Education and Science. https://www.mon.bg/en/
National Portal for Career Guidance of Students (n.d.). https://orientirane.mon.bg/