Career guidanceAbstract

Economic crisis, social exclusion and uncertain careers: lifelong guidance responds to a triple challenge

The economic crisis that peaked in 2009 sent shockwaves that will be felt for years to come. It affected businesses, increased social risk for many and destabilised job and career prospects.

Young people, particularly, have been badly affected. They are suffering the highest unemployment rates and their prospects have been damaged most. But, despite high unemployment rates in many countries, skill shortages are reported in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) occupations. Europe’s working population is also getting older.

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