Career Readiness

Helping to better prepare young people for working life


The OECD Career Readiness project is designed to provide new advice to governments, schools, employers and other stakeholders on how to best prepare young people to compete in the Coronavirus (COVID-19) labour market. Drawing on international datasets, the project identifies career-related factors that make a difference to young people’s success in adult employment.

Staying in education longer than ever and facing a turbulent labour market undergoing radical change due to automation and the coronavirus, it has never been more important for young people to effectively prepare by their schools for the working world.”

- Andreas Schleicher, OECD, Director for Education and Skills

Effective Career Guidance

Effective career guidance enables young people to develop informed, critical perspectives about the relationship between education and employment, helping them to visualise and plan their transitions through schooling and into attractive work. Effective guidance is rich in first-hand encounters with the labour market, begins early and responds to the personal circumstances and interests of students.

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Our Findings

International datasets can help to identify indicators among teenagers that are linked with employment outcomes. Take a look at some of our findings:‌‌

Our 2021 Conference

Held over three days, from October 27-29, 2021, the first OECD Career Readiness international conference, Disrupted Futures: International lessons on how schools can best equip students for their working lives, included 33 papers from 14 countries. The conference was attended by 521 people from 59 different countries.


The OECD gratefully acknowledges the support of our partners in this work: the JPMorgan Foundation, the Jacobs Foundation (Switzerland) and the National Center on Education and the Economy (United States).