The OECD Observatory on Digital technologies in Career guidance for Youth (ODiCY) is an open-access repository on the use of digital technologies in career education and guidance designed to support the career development of children and young people attending primary and secondary schools. It enables the global community of policymakers, schools and guidance practitioners to gain easy access to up-to-date practice examples and guidance on their effective commissioning, development and use. There is good reason to believe that new technologies can enhance the established provision of guidance, allowing it to be more effective, efficient and equitable. Yet to date, very little has been evaluated to a high standard. ODiCY allows policymakers/ practitioners to compare approaches in a field where innovation is fast-paced and driven by multiple actors around the world.
The structure of the Observatory is driven by the needs of education systems, schools and guidance professionals and follows extensive discussion with stakeholders. It is shaped by the OECD’s identification of Career Readiness Indicators: forms of guidance connected to how young people explore, experience and think about potential futures in work that commonly link in national longitudinal datasets with better long-term employment outcomes for youth.