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OECD Conference | Disrupted Futures 2023



International lessons on how schools can best equip students for their working lives

OECD conference – May 31st - June 2nd, 2023

A free online conference highlighting innovative research and practice

Call for papers - Deadline March 1st, 2023

Register to attend




Young people are entering the labour market more educated and with greater ambition than any previous generation, but in many countries, they still struggle to find good employment. Societies turn to career guidance systems to help student plan effectively for their futures, but historically policy and practice in guidance has been undermined by a lack of scientific evidence. The OECD’s recent review of longitudinal datasets in ten countries provides new confidence about the long-term impacts of teenage career guidance on adult employment outcomes. The study evidences which career development activities can be most confidently expected to support teenage students in finding more satisfying, better-paying employment in adulthood. These Career Readiness Indicators link how young people explore, experience and think about potential futures in work.

In order to support the continued improvement of the evidence base and identification of connected effective practice and policy, the OECD encourages policymakers, practitioners and scholars to share their work on the career development of children and young people at the 2023 OECD Disrupted Futures conference.

This event follows the same online format of the inaugural conference focused on teenage career readiness (Disrupted Futures 2021) which was attended by more than 500 participants from 80 countries.


Inequalities and digital delivery in career guidance for youth

While Disrupted Futures 2023 welcomes papers on all aspects of career development for children and young people (in primary and secondary education), the conference particularly encourages submissions on a number of themes including: how guidance systems can best respond to social inequalities, enable young people to access green jobs, and optimize the use of digital technologies in delivery.

The conference will include presentations of new OECD analysis on guidance and inequalities and the role of the new OECD Observatory on Digital Technologies in Career Guidance for Youth (ODiCY).


To register to attend the conference, please see the registration links below.  



CALL FOR PAPERS (Deadline March 1st, 2023)

Policy, practice and research on the career development of children and young people


Call for Papers Flyer

Call for Papers Submission Form

Submissions are invited in relation to policy, practice and research relating to the career development of children and young people (primary and secondary education).

While papers on all aspects of career guidance and development for young people are welcomed, submissions will be encouraged particularly with regard to four themes: how guidance can best respond to social inequalities; how guidance systems can best enable progression towards green jobs; how guidance can best be enhanced by the use of digital technologies; and, the design and delivery of career pathway programmes. The conference particularly welcomes research papers that make use of analysis of large datasets.

All submitted papers will be reviewed by a conference programme group with submitters notified by the beginning of April. The Disrupted Futures 2023 conference is organized by the OECD Career Readiness team whose work includes analysis of longitudinal datasets in ten countries identifying aspects of teenage career development which link with better employment outcomes.

The deadline for submissions is midnight (CET) on March 1st, 2023.

Presentations will occur in morning and afternoon parallel sessions on June 1st and June 2nd, 2023. Participants are invited to sign up separately for each session, sign up links are available in the Registration section below. 


About the conference

The online conference is free to attend and delivered through Zoom. The conference's language is English. It will take place in Central European Summer Time (Paris) with sessions towards the beginning and end of each working day to enable maximum participation from around the world. 

Please note that the sessions of the conference will be recorded in order to prepare conference proceedings. Some recordings may also be made publicly available after the event. Participants who don’t wish their video to be recorded, are asked to switch off their cameras.

To learn more about personal data protection in the Career Readiness project, please see the notice available here

If you have any questions about the conference, please e-mail:



To attend the conference, please use the registration links below to sign up for each session that interests you:

Day 1 (May 31st) |16:00-18:00 CEST| Keynote speakers and welcome  | Register here

Day 2 (June 1st) |09:00-12:00 CEST| Morning session presentations    | Register here

Day 2 (June 1st) |15:00-18:00 CEST| Afternoon session presentations | Register here

Day 3 (June 2nd) |09:00-12:00 CEST| Morning session presentations    | Register here

Day 3 (June 2nd) |15:00-18:00 CEST| Afternoon session presentations and closing remarks | Register here


This work is made possible by the support of the JPMorgan Chase Foundation and we are grateful for their continuing support.


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