A day in the life of an Icelandic counsellor
Place: Lækjarskóli- Primary school in Hafnarfjörður
Group guidance for refugees from Syria. Ten Syrian refugees, men and women, age 27 – 65 years. In the group there are both people who have finished education at university level and people who haven´t got any education after primary school.
In this session there was also a project leader from Mímir and an Arabian interpreter.
The content of the session included:
Information about education, upper secondary schools, vocational education and higher education
Information on Validation of Prior Learning, what VPL entails, where to obtain more information and guidance and in what areas it is possible to be validated
Information on possibilities of getting education (from other countries) evaluated
Information on possibilites for learning Icelandic on the Internet
How to apply for a job and write an application
Assistance on making a CV in Icelandic
Where to seek / apply for jobs
13-14: Guidance interview with an individual who is starting a validation process, screening for the validation.
14-15: Meeting with the finance manager for overwieving an Erasmus+ project – Fast Track. This is a project which aims at making an electronic survey on screening individual competences in certain jobs. The survey is made for people who don´t speak the language, and pictures are used instead of written language.
15:00: The counsellor made a phonecall to „K“ because of the participation in GOAL. K has already attended two interviews but canceled the last time, which was registered. A new moment for an interview was chosen.
15:30: Called „G“, because of the participation in GOAL. G didn´t answer, has canceled interviews two times.
15:45: Reviewing the plan of the next few days and making necessary changes.
9:00-9:30: Student at Mímir, came and wanted to get an interview, which is registered later.
9:30- 10:30: Interview – a person/client with a registered appointment came to discuss a career change, he wants to change jobs and his field of work. Received information about jobsearching and how to make a CV.
10:30-12:15: Introducing Mimis Study Programs for a group of people in Grettistak, which is a program run by Reykjavík city, for people who receive financial assistance (Social services). Those are people with different backgrounds, e.g. drug abusers. Introduced Mimir, discussed with a group of people, answered questions connected to education and their next steps and possibilities.
12:45-14:00: GOAL interview. A client came to discuss a program for validation of employability skills, in which she is going to participate.
14:00-15:00: Introduced a European project to fellow career counselling colleagues from the Reykjavík area and fellow staff members. Presentations and discussions took place as well as general networking.
15:00-16:00: Worked on the GOAL project. Preparation for upcoming interviews and portfolio development linked to validation of prior learning. Called two GOAL participants who were to come to validation of prior learning and confirmed interviews with them.
16:00-16:30: In-house discussions with other counsellors and project managers on the issue of a student that came up by surprise. We tried to solve the issue together. A contact needed to be made with another school.