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EmployID is a research project aiming at supporting public employment services and their employees in adapting to the changes to their world of work by facilitating the development of their professional identities.

Stories for Europe Kick-Off

Stories for Europe is an emerging initiative and experiment promoting engaging European narratives that express European values, identity, and, above all, the future of Europe. It is an effort that counter-balances the fear-driven and negative narratives that populist movements have recently spread. Christine Kunzmann and Andreas Schmidt have contributed to the kick-off event at Aachen. The inspiring event has shown, similar to professional identity transformation, that we need spaces for developing identity narratives that reach beyond rational arguments and address emotional aspects, such as uncertainty. One open space session was particularly targetted towards ways of addressing that uncertainty that is shaping the current discourse about the future of Europe. 

The participants agreed on continuing with the experiment in a community-driven way. A next meeting is planned for spring 2018.

Evaluation of learning interventions in applied research: lessons learned from EmployID at the ECADOC Summer School

Teresa Schaefer from the Centre for Social Innovation - ZSI held a workshop with career researches, as part of the ECADOC summer school 2017. The topic of the summer school was “Career counselling and guidance in times of volatile labour markets and dynamic biographies” and this is, where EmployID perfectly fit into it.

Sentiment Analysis Paper presented at HCI International 2017

HCII is one of the largest HCI conferences, which this year (10 – 14. Jul. 2017) took place in Vancouver, Canada. The conference location was right on the waterfront with a spectacular view of the harbour. The conference included 1,228 papers (with an acceptance rate of 28%). ZSI presented a paper on user experiences around semantic analysis, part of the learning analytics work in EmployID. 

15th European Congress of Psychology, Amsterdam, July 11 – 14

Jenny Bimrose, Rachel Mulvey and Alan Brown attended the ECP conference to present on EmployID. First, Alan and Jenny presented a paper as part of a symposium entitled: Career Transitions in a Global Context: Clients and career practitioner experiences. The title of their paper was: Professional Identity transformation. Second, Rachel and Alan presented a paper in the session entitled: Innovative Methodologies. The title of their paper was: Facilitating professional identity transformation through on-line collaboration.

Both presentations generated considerable interest.

Mutual Learning Experience on Peer Coaching and Coaching Skills in Tallinn, Estonia

On 8th June 2017, the kick-off workshop on peer coaching was co-delivered by Carmen Wolf, Dr Deirdre Hughes and Pablo Franzolini in Tallinn, Estonia in close co-operation with Margit Rammo from Foundation Innove. In total 32 guidance practitioners from youth guidance centres and labour offices in Estonia were introduced to EmployID peer coaching.

A visual approach to communicating identity transformation

Identity transformation has been at the heart of EmployID ever since the project's idea was taking shape. While professional identity, and the challenges associated with its transformation, are increasingly recognized as key learning challenges in the context of a rapidly changing world of work, it has always been difficult to introduce the concept and research results to other fields and, particularly, to practioners. To improve that, the project has tried out a visual approach, facilitated by Simone Fass, an illustrator from Leipzig. In the workshop, we've been using illustrations of the abstract concepts and live illustration of our discussion. While we still need to work on the story for the different target groups, and complete our set of (visual) analytical tools, it helped to clarify several key aspects.

Identity Transformation and Narratives: Cooperation with NARRATA Consult

As part of its sustainability initiative, EmployID has established a cooperation with its associate partner NARRATA Consult, which has many years of experiences in facilitating the use of narratives in business contexts, e.g., in the area of securing experiential knowledge of retiring employees. In a first meeting in Karlsruhe, Christine Erlach and Karin Thier shared their experiences and helped the project in its ongoing effort to make the knowledge accumulated in the past three years about introducing social learning into PES more accessible to others. The use of narratives is closely linked to identity transformation in two-fold way: (i) narratives are an important element of identities, and (2) they play an important role in transformation processes by communicating in a rich way the mixture of knowledge, experiences, and emotions. Therefore it was agreed that NARRATA Consult is an ideal complement to offering of EmployID. Further consultations and discussions will follow.

EmployID explores reaching out to further European PES with DG Employment

To complements its sustainability activities with European PES in its associate partner network, Jenny Bimrose, Rachel Mulvey, and Alan Brown from University of Warwick discussed in a meeting with DG Employment opportunities and concrete actions to maximize the impact of the project on a European level.

Identity Transformation for Public Administration: Presentation at Professional Knowledge Management Conference

This year's edition of the Professional Knowledge Management conference series has been hosted by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and FZI Research Center for Information Technologies in Karlsruhe. Christine Kunzmann and Andreas Schmidt presented the project as part of a workshop on knowledge management in public administration. While still a lof of approaches in this area are focussed on skills and well-defined competencies, the EmployID contribution has emphasized the importance of a more holistic perspective of learning how to shape change. There was particular interest in the work on facilitation skills and their transferrability to other areas of interest.

The contributed paper is available from here (in German).