icard provvisorioThe ICARD project – Individual CAReer Development – has been approved in the frame of the Erasmus + Programme, call 2014, and is lead by the University of Padua. Melius will have a strategic role in the project.


At present guidance at the university is provided mostly at the entry and exit level, and can access directly – by means of individual support paths and workshops/group support, is rather limited compared to the number of students that it can really follow with the number of students at the university. Self-awareness of vocations, ambitions, competences and skills, should be therefore promoted, then to make more effective, as addressed to already aware audience, the action of guidance in transition moments.  Against this background, there is a little evidence in Europe of trans-disciplinary programmes able to equip students with self-awareness and self-development skills.

ICARD aims at developing a European Career Development Programme, addressed to individual students in higher university, by designing and developing a programme tailored on the European educational and cultural system, on the basis of previous practices, covering a part of the overall pathway from the enter and the exit from the university, carried out both in Europe and abroad.

An example, that works rather well in Australia, comes from the university of Queensland, that in the past few years has developed and introduced a Career Development Programs, as innovative way to introduce career development into the curriculum. The programs are 6, namely:
– University Preparation and Career Preparation relate to Transitions In (educational guidance);
– Work placement preparation and Career management relate to Work Integrated Learning (stage);
– Graduate Careers and Workplace Resilience relate to the transition out project (career guidance).

The University of Queensland, which is  a part of the consortium, will made available its experience and materials to the aim of ICARD.


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