The international conference “Transitions, career learning and career management skills. Multi-disciplinary and critical perspectives”, October 19-20, 2017, Stockholm University

The research conference “Transitions, career learning and career management skills. Multi-disciplinary and critical perspectives” took place at 19-20 October 2017 at Stockholm University, and was organised by a group of researchers within the national research network Career Development and Career Guidance, KAV (Karriärutveckling och karriärvägledning). The conference held contributions from Sweden, Austria, Ireland, Germany, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Portugal, Bulgaria, Malta and Canada.

The conference brought up currently much-discussed issues in society and politics, in Sweden and internationally: how career choice and career development affect the establishment and mobility of individuals in their working life and may prevent social marginalization and exclusion. However, Swedish research concerning young people’s and adults’ transitions, careers, and career competences is relatively sparse in international comparison, also as compared to several of our Nordic neighbour countries, and multi-disciplinary approaches are uncommon. The conference aimed at initiating and developing multidisciplinary research collaboration which can lead to increased knowledge about and critical understanding of transitions, career learning and career competence, by bringing together Swedish and international, particularly Nordic, researchers from various disciplines who share such a research focus.


Overview of sessions and downloadable abstracts

Venue: the Swedish Museum of Natural History, Frescativägen 40 Stockholm. The Swedish Museum of Natural History is situated in the middle of the first national city park in the world, only ten minutes from Stockholm city. There are several ways to get here: by underground, bus, car or bike. Find out how to get there

Keynotes & Introduction

Professor Lisbeth Lundahl, Umeå University, Introduction
Professor Ronald Sultana, University of Malta. Keynote title: Learning about or learning for work? Beyond career management skills
Professor Kristiina Brunila, University of Helsinki, Keynote title: ”The wheel of (mis)fortune. Transitions and youth training in an era of multiple crises

Professor William Borgen, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Keynote title: ”Cultural Infusions and Shifting Sands: How Indigenous and Immigrant Youth Make Career Decisions

Day 1 October 19th

12.30-13.30 Registration/coffee and sandwich, poster exhibition 12.30-13.00, at Frescativägen 40
13.30-13.45 Introduction Lisbeth Lundahl, Stora hörsalen, Frescativägen 40
13.45-14.30 Keynote Ronald Sultana (open to the public), Stora hörsalen, Frescativägen 40
14.30-15.00 Coffee
15.00-17.00 Session 1 Parallel paper presentations at Department of Education, Frescativägen 54 (5 min walk)
17.15-17.45 Summing up the day. Funding opportunities for further cooperation within EU and Nordic grants – Announcement by Nina Ahlroos, Euroguidance coordinator at the Swedish Council for Higher Education and and Margit Rammo, Euroguidance Estonia, Stora hörsalen, Frescativägen 40

18.30          Conference dinner. Restaurant, Frescativägen 40  Map of the surroundings

Day 2 October 20th

08.30-08.55 Presentation of a report from National Agency for Education. A vision of school based career learning in a 50 year perspective –a case study in three municipalities in Sweden. Anders Lovén ass. professor, Malmö, Sweden and has been an educator and researcher in the field of career counseling for over 30 years. He is now working for the National Agency for Education and is also part of a research project at Umeå University concerning career learning in schools. In Stora hörsalen, Frescativägen 40
09.00-09.45 Keynote 2 Kristiina Brunila (open to the public), Stora hörsalen, Frescativägen 40
09.45-10.00 Coffee
10.00-12.00 Session 2 Parallel paper presentations, at Department of Education, Frescativägen 54 (5 min walk)
12.00-13.00 Lunch
13.00-13.45 Keynote 3 William Borgen (open to the public), Stora hörsalen, Frescativägen 40
13.45-15.00 Coffee and roundtables – Common research topics and research cooperation, Stora hörsalen, Frescativägen 40
15.00-15.15 Summing up

Registration and Payment

  • Registration opens April 25st, follow this link:
  • Early bird closes May 31th, Fee: 1500 SEK, PhD-students 1000 SEK
  • Final registration closes October 1st, Fee: 1800 SEK, PhD-students 1200 SEK

Important information about registration and payment

Cancellations of participation, including participation in the social programme, must be made in writing to:

If cancellations have been made before or on September 19th, the registration fee will be refunded minus an administrative fee of 200 SEK. Later cancellations will not be refunded.

Questions regarding registration should be directed to Conference service at Stockholm University at:

Questions regarding program content should be directed to the Conference organiser at: or

About the network

The research network Career Development and Counselling (KAV). Forte-funded national research network. Project leader: Professor Lisbeth Lundahl, Umeå University

The network’s purpose and specific tasks 2015-2017
KAV network’s overall purpose is to serve as an arena for exchange of research between neighboring fields of research and researchers for career development, transitions from school to work and career counselling from compulsory school to working life. More specifically, the Network during 2015-2017 will:

  1. analyzing research needs and initiate new research, within the network area,
  2. organize an international conference (with special funds) on the network’s theme in 2017. Conference papers of good quality provided as a basis for a special issue of a scientific journal alternative research anthology,
  3. promote the establishment of a Nordic journal in the network area (special funds requested for this purpose),
  4. develop an active website for communication within and outside the network with current research, the network and its activities,
  5. contribute to stronger links between research and Swedish career counselling education and activities connected to the professional field, and also to collect research needs and ideas that emerge from the education side.