Skills, Employment and Career

Career planning for many students in Albania has taken place within the family setting, in which parents played an active and important role in counseling, mentoring and guiding the student in their career path. Now days a young counseled students by adequate programs is more likely to follow a successful career path. It is important that youth be counseled and mentored properly, by well trained staff as well as alumni, who can provide not only a well planned career path, but also guide them through the process and become a bridge to the real job world. Such planning and mentoring is likely to produce in the long run world class citizens, successful entrepreneurs and future leaders.

The mission of this sector is to provide career counseling, mentoring and guidance to all students early on, through drafting a concrete and realistic career plan that best suits the student’s interests, regular follow-ups on the student’s progress as well as one-to-one mentoring by alumni that share the same career objective.

Goals to achieve:

 Provide up-to-date career counseling services to all students;
 Support services to help students’ career progress;
 Interconnect students to alumni to share experiences and become indirect mentors;
 Create a bridge for lifelong networking.
Youth Act Commitments:
1. Career advice services
2. Career management
3. Equality
In Albania the unemployment rate for people between 20-35 yrs of age, has been considerably high. Turning our unemployed young people into innovators, entrepreneurs and productive members of our economies, will help in the country’s development and save millions in the long run – the cost of disengaged youth. But curbing youth unemployment will require different thinking.

Goals to achieve:
 Learn by Doing Curricula – Digital and problem-solving skills, along with teamwork experience, are key requirements that, if appropriately incorporated into school curricula, will complement the skill sets of unemployed workers to match those needed for the jobs of today and tomorrow.
 Skills Development Combo – To make an impact on the future, we must focus on combining different ways of thinking, which requires the capacity to think critically, solve problems, collaborate and communicate effectively.
 Lifelong Security – Many young people show the aptitude and desire to build their own businesses, which would not only make them productive members of the economy, but also a source of further employment for others. As a result, young people need appropriate training, funding, and mentoring that needs to start on campus. They also need a policy environment that is conducive to change.
Youth Act Commitments:
1. Interviews (Curriculum Vitae, Cover Letter, Request letter, etc.)
2. Jobs (Job opportunities, organizations/ companies, Employment agencies, etc.)
3. Business Tools & Supports (Business Plan, Marketing, Legal and Tax Issues, Financing Your Business, Human Resource Management, etc.)
4. Financial Help (Employment Insurance, Worker’s Compensation, Social Assistance / Child and Family, Retirement & Pension, Wage Assistance / Subsidy Programs, etc.)
5. Rights & Responsibilities on the Job (Labour Relations, Unions & Labour Groups, Occupational Health & Safety, Employment Standards, Human Rights, Employment discrimination, etc.)