A European Career Guidance Concept
for International Youth Mobility

Structure of the eGuidance Concept

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The eGuidance concept enables you, as a counsellor, to structure the guidance process properly. Therefore, the eGuidance Concept structures the counselling dialogue in five phases, two framing phases and three core phases. 

The five phases of the eGuidance Concept are:

  1. Opening
  2. Situation Analysis
  3. Target Definition
  4. Implementation
  5. Conclusion

The two framing phases are the Opening and the Conclusion of the dialogue. The first phase (1) Opening at the beginning of a guidance dialogue with your client works as an introduction into the counselling process. The last phase (5) Conclusion takes place at the ending of a dialogue, summarizes it and gives also an outlook on the further steps of your client. 

The three core phases of the career guidance dialogue follow a certain path from the (2) Situation Analysis, to the (3) Target Definition and being finalised by the (4) Implementation. In the most counselling situations, these three phases intertwine with each other. However, it is very important to separate these three phases analytically in the eGuidance concept, because each of them has to fulfil a different core function of the guidance dialogue.

Again, each of these three functions is closely related to the other – as shown in the graph below.  Though the three core phases and main functions of a counselling dialogue as a problem solving dialogue are closely linked to each other, a guidance dialogue should start with a proper situation analysis, followed by a (SMART) Target Definition, which is already the first step of the Implementation.

 Each aspect of these core phases refer to the specific methodological instruments of career guidance and each phase is important for all contents and issues regarding international youth mobility. The main asset of the eGuidance Concept is to adapt the five phases, especially the core phases of (2) Situation Analysis, (3) Target Definition and (4) Implementation to each content topic of the eGuidance Concept.