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

LATEST RELEASE: Global Careers Month 2022


Global Careers Month: get involved

This year sees the first ever Global Careers Month (GCM) - a joint initiative of the OECD and six other international organisations (Cedefop, European Commission, ETF, ILO, UNESCO, World Bank). It begins on November 8th and concludes with a Closing Ceremony webinar on December 13th from 12 pm to 1:30pm CET.


Additionally, to mark Global Careers Month, schools are being encouraged to organised career carousels with local employers. A quick and easy way to support career development, click below to read about how to do it - and why it makes a difference.


"Meet the Future" Launch Video

Career guidance is most effective when it involves employers, enriching experiences through authentic interactions in ways that ultimately serve to make them more attractive to future recruiters.

On May 25th, 2022, the OECD held a launch webinar to launch "Meet the Future", a new publication that looks at what employers have to gain from working with schools to enrich career guidance for students.

In this launch webinar, OECD’s Director for Education and Skills, Andreas Schleicher, presents key findings from a new international report showing how employers have much to gain by working more closely with schools as they prepare students for the world of work. The event was organised in collaboration with Education and Employers, and presented live from Addey and Stanhope School in South East London, where a group of employers gathered to talk with students on career readiness.

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.

Latest Examples of Practice:


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:‌‌

Updates from EDU

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).