Welcome to the CaT PROJECT

WHO WE ARE?

We are an international team of professionals: educators, psychologists, counsellors, career advisors and informatics. Thanks to the European ERASMUS programme we had a chance to meet and to cooperate to create a modern, interactive tool for career guidance.

WHAT IS OUR GOAL?

Our aim is to create a new diagnostic tool that would consist of 8 multidimensional layers combined in a one system. CaT’s users will be able to define their capacities, aptitudes and professional interest in a quick and efficient way. Our tool will also support the work of career counsellors.

WHERE CAME THE IDEA FROM?

We identified an alarming tendency concerning the whole Europe: the young people leave schools too early without neither sufficient qualifications nor ideas how would they design their career. We also noticed a lack of complex tool for careers diagnosis.

WHO IS CaT FOR?

The main target group of the project are secondary and vocational schools students, their parents and teachers and career counsellors, as well as anyone who would like to diagnose their capacities and enhance their career path.

This project has been funded with the support from the European Commission (project no: 2014-1-PL01-KA200-003345). This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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CaT in Barcelona

We are getting ready for our second meeting which will take place on the 13th and 14th of April in Spain. We will summarise our first results: description of competences and predispositions, analysis of qualifications, description of predispositions of 200 hundred professions.

We will also discuss the modular system for diagnosis, analysis and education guidance of career – partners’ tasks, roles and responsibility during development of:

  • interdependences model;
  • set of tests and set of questions, situation samples concerning particular profession, computer simulations of work in particular profession.

On the second day we will divide our further task and actions concerning the second stage of the project.

Ready, Steady, Go!

CaT in Lublin

KICK OFF MEETING 29th -30th of October 2014, Lublin, Poland

The kick-off meeting started with the managerial part of the project. After a few introductory words, each partner shortly presented their institution. The next part of the meeting was devoted to the financial and administrative rules connected with implementation of the project. During presentation different categories of costs and rules of its qualification were specified.

The second day of the meeting was devoted to the merits of the project. We discussed the structure of the tool and its elements – modules and layers and how the tool should be adapted to the specific of each country and profession.

The Partners took part in the discussion about the specific of all layers of the tool. The first task – examination of profession qualification – was discussed. It’s an essential part of the project, so it was proposed to divide all professions between all Partners. We agreed to collect all the competencies of the professions in each country, find the common ones and define what have to be adapted for each country (by adaptation of questions).

As the main areas of cooperation have been identified and key responsibilities for next months are assigned, the Partners have decided to adjourn the discussion.

Partners have also established proper dates for next project meetings, which are:

  • Second project meeting –13 – 14th of April 2015, Spain
  • Third project meeting – 16th – 17th of November 2015, Slovenia
  • Fourth project meeting – 4th – 5th of April, 2016, UK
  • Fifth project meeting – 21 – 22th of November 2016, Turkey
  • Sixth project meeting – 5th – 6th of June 2017, Poland

See you in Barcelona!

CaT in London – we are ready!

MEETING 11-12 of April 2016, London, UK

Our team met for the 4th time to discuss details of pilot testing. We shared our experience with schools’s suff and career counsellors. The tool is now ready to use , however, due to school holiday, most of Partners wait until September to start testing.

The interest in CaT test is massive as we becoming more aware of how important is to plan our career.  In old days most people just looked around and chose an occupation, which was popular within their family or social environment or a job that was accessible and tested over generations. It is different now

Why is it so important to plan our career? How do we fit our needs with the job market requirements?

Let’s look at what main factors go into choosing a career?

  1. Your Personality: are you a calm person or outgoing? Perhaps your relatives enjoy being librarians but if you have quite a temper, the slow work environment will make you implore.
  2. Your Interests: is your family business orientated? If you understand poetry better than stock charts, don’t follow your family’s advice.
  3. Your Values: your family may think that the social service is a common value and everybody dreams being a local GP. Meanwhile, you instead secretly admire plastic surgeons and their posh cars…
  4. Your Skills: your parents advise you to follow a career in finance. Yes, you are great with numbers but even better at combining pieces of clothing together in a way nobody can miss you in the street. And you just love fashion…

There are many questions we must ask ourselves before we choose a career path, which fulfills all of our needs. In the adult life we spend more time at work than socializing with friends. It is worth making the smarter choice.

The CaT Test will help you to define your areas of interests, your skills and values as well as show you what qualifications are needed to get your dream job.

Test YOURSELF with CaT

 

 

 

 

Plan your best career before someone else does!

Have you ever attempted to plan your career? If so, how did you approach it?

Most people just look around and choose an occupation, which is popular within their family or social environment or a job that is accessible and tested over generations. It is then, sometimes trouble begins…

Why is it so important to plan our career? How do we fit our needs with the job market requirements?

Let’s look at what main factors go into choosing a career?

  1. Your Personality: are you a calm person or outgoing? Perhaps your relatives enjoy being librarians but if you have quite a temper, the slow work environment will make you implore.
  2. Your Interests: is your family business orientated? If you understand poetry better than stock charts, don’t follow your family’s advice.
  3. Your Values: your family may think that the social service is a common value and everybody dreams being a local GP. Meanwhile, you instead secretly admire plastic surgeons and their posh cars…
  4. Your Skills: your parents advise you to follow a career in finance. Yes, you are great with numbers but even better at combining pieces of clothing together in a way nobody can miss you in the street. And you just love fashion
  5. Your Location and Background: everybody knows that Oxford is a cradle for a literary genius. However, J.K. Rowling never graduated at Oxford, furthermore she was a single mother on benefits. Why should you give up your dreams if you weren’t born privileged?
  6. Your Contacts: once you have an idea of what would you like to do, it’s worth revising your family’s address book. Perhaps the unknown Uncle your mother sends a Christmas card to every year is a chemistry geek, and your biggest wish is to have a career in the pharmaceutical industry?
  7. Your Qualifications: Is a GSCE enough to become an accountant? Is it necessary to pass A Levels if you think about having a military career?

There are many questions we must ask ourselves before we choose a career path, which fulfills all of our needs. In the adult life we spend more time at work than socializing with friends. It is worth making the smarter choice.

The CaT Test will help you to define your areas of interests, your skills and values as well as show you what qualifications are needed to get your dream job.

Test YOURSELF with CaT!

To register for free trial contact our local team:

UK: cat@polishpsychologists.org

First results are already achieved in the project

The description of knowledge and skills, necessary for realising professional tasks in each profession is ready now!

200 professions from 7 groups of professions:

  • administration and services;
  • structural;
  • electric and electronic;
  • mechanics and mining-metallurgy;
  • agriculture and forestry with environment protection;
  • tourism and gastronomy;
  • medical and social,

Now our researchers are working on Modular system for guidance of career. They have elaborated interdependencies and now are working on set of tests and set of questions which will be used in the tool.

Find out more about CaT!

  1. Hierarchism –questions are selected, depending on answer given to previous question. This means that not all respondents will “answer” to all questions.
  2. Layers – tools, that already exists on the market, have only one layer, there are no hierarchic, multi-layer tools on current market. CaT consists in 8 layers (modules).
  3. Intuitive character – It contains impulses that have situational character – person watches scenes and react for those impulses (next questions and situations are picked, depending on the reaction for previous impulses).
  4. Practical tips – the last, 8th module enable to add qualifications and permissions, required in each country, that need to be checked for persons that want to work in this country.