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  • Writer's pictureMr. Raza Abbas, Pakistan

Seeds of Career Readiness to School Educators & Students of Grades 8-12




“Young people are a vast source of innovation, ideas and solutions. They are pushing strongly for the changes we need in the technology arena, in climate action, and in calling for inclusive and just societies,” #UN Secretary-General António Guterres

There are over 1.8 billion young people in the world today, 90% in developing countries. As per UN DESA’s recent World Youth Report, young people face numerous challenges when it comes to education, employment and rising global inequalities.


The Career Development sector scholars and practitioners are strategically bridging the gap as facilitators of social change by providing institutional career counselling and career guidance capacity development to school educators and students of grades 8-12 in reducing school dropouts. Career Readiness research by institutions of excellence including OECD has shared that these formative ages of 12-17 are key for inculcating seeds of career readiness contributing to employability, job creation, inclusion and to UN Sustainable Development Goals.


OECD realizes the importance of career readiness and is organizing an online international conference scheduled from October 27-29, 2021. The theme of the conference is on

Disrupted futures:

International lessons on how schools can best equip students for their working lives See the full conference programme and register for free today at:

The conference will present the final results from unprecedented analysis of national longitudinal datasets in 10 countries exploring the links between teenager career-related activities and attitudes and better employment outcomes, the conference is an opportunity to hear from practitioners and researchers from around the world on effective guidance. Papers at the conference are from researchers and practitioners working in Australia, Canada, China, Finland, Hong Kong (China), Korea, Kosovo, India, Pakistan, Portugal, Spain, UK, USA and Uruguay.


As the career sector professionals we are curious and passionate to know how is school imparting career readiness skills to school educators and students of grades 8-12 in your respective country? How are we engaging school educators and students from around the globe to have meaningful and engaging career conversations contributing to purpose, livelihood, employability and job creation?

Let’s continue the career conversations that are contributing to UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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