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 sign up to attend the conference, please see the registration links below.  



Conference programme and timetable

Full conference programme with abstracts

Presenter bios

Call for proposals for research and practice papers was carried out during the month of July 2021. Conference Programme Advisory Committee reviewed all proposals and made a final selection of papers that will be presented during the conference. 

Presentations will take place in morning and afternoon parallel sessions on 28 and 29 October 2021. 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 language is English. It will take place on 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 (27 October) |16:00-18:00 CEST| Keynote speakers and welcome  | Register here

Day 2 (28 October) |09:00-12:00 CEST| Morning session presentations    | Register here

Day 2 (28 October) |15:00-18:00 CEST| Afternoon session presentations | Register here

Day 3 (29 October) |09:00-12:00 CEST| Morning session presentations    | Register here

Day 3 (29 October) |15:00-18:00 CEST| Afternoon session presentations and closing remarks | Register 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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