Career Readiness

OECD Conference | Disrupted futures: International lessons on how schools can best equip students for their working lives



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

OECD conference – 27, 28 and 29 October 2021

A free online conference highlighting innovative research and practice




As countries turn their attention from handling a healthcare emergency to dealing with its economic consequences, concern rises over youth unemployment. Even before the pandemic, young people in many countries were facing difficulties in their transitions into work. During the pandemic, young people commonly found themselves disproportionately affected by lay-offs and recruitment freezes. Now, with the world coming out of the crisis, young people find themselves particularly vulnerable in the search for work.
This OECD conference focuses on what schools can do to prepare young people for their transitions through education into ultimate employment.


Indicators of career readiness

The conference will begin with the presentation by Andreas Schleicher (OECD Director of Education and Skills) of new analysis of data from multiple national longitudinal surveys which follow young people from childhood into adulthood. Using statistical analysis, it has proved possible to identify work-related indicators of career readiness: teenage attitudes and experiences related to futures in work that are associated with better employment outcomes. At the conference, the project team will also present tools derived from the indicators for use by policy makers and practitioners. The conference will also present wider research and practice relevant to more effective youth transitions into employment.

For further details about the indicators, please visit the website of the OECD Career Readiness in the Pandemic project:

To register to attend the conference, please sign up here


CALL FOR PAPERS - Practice and Research

The conference organisers are inviting submissions – by 7 July 2021  from researchers and practitioners interested in understanding how schools and communities can best prepare young people to succeed in work.

For further details, please see the Call for Papers for practitioners and researchers

To submit a practice paper, sign up here and for submitting a research paper, please sign up here


Conference Programme Advisory Committee

Proposals from researchers and practitioners will be considered by a Conference Programme Advisory Committee. Submissions will be reviewed by the Committee during the month of July and feedback is expected by 30 July. 


About the conference

The online conference is free to attend and delivered through Zoom. The conference language is English. It will take place on Central European 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 register to attend the event, please sign up here

The OECD welcomes the support of the JP Morgan Foundation, sponsors of the Career Readiness project, in making this conference possible.


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