We spent the first half of last week in Sofia, Bulgaria attending the final meeting and conference for the Prometheus project which we have been part of for the last 2 years. The project has looked to better understand the role of online guidance, developing tools and resources to help careers professionals to deliver advice via the internet.
The meeting was a chance for partners to review what still needs to be done before the project officially comes to an end in August. Indeed, there are still a couple of very exciting resources in development. This includes a mobile app with useful diagnostic resources for careers advisors and an online platform which it is hoped will facilitate pan-European discussion on issues relating to the profession.
The meeting was then followed by a conference which allowed our Bulgarian partners (who have been coordinating this project) to launch what we have been working on in front of their local stakeholders. There seemed to be a genuine enthusiasm amongst those present for what the project has achieved – advisors realise that the younger generations are living their lives online and so guidance needs to move in a similar direction in order to reach those in need.
In reference to this, part of the conference was live-streamed on the project’s Facebook page – with people from as far away as America logging on to join in with discussions. We also got to speak about the impact which the project has made within the UK. Our Project Manager Lauren highlighted the pressure which is being put on advisors following funding cuts as this means face to face advice is now not always possible.
The online platform and mobile app will be launched in the next few weeks so keep an eye on our social media channels to find out when they become available. The Prometheus project will also continue beyond August through the project’s Facebook page where you will be able to keep up to date with the latest developments in online guidance across Europe.