Navigation und Service

Cross Border Seminar 2023 - Workshop No. 8 - Hungary

Career equilibrium and sustainable development

Workshop Leader: Tibor Bors Borbély-Pecze

Dr. habil. BORBÉLY-PECZE, Tibor Bors is an Associate Professor in Hungary. He has been serving two decades in the national public administration. His specific areas of expertise are: Public Employment Services service design and implementation, skills development and lifelong guidance policy. He has also been active as a PES and career/lifelong guidance (LLG) development expert at the international level. He was the member of the IAEVG Board 2015-2019.

He is the author of more than 200 journal articles, books and book chapters.  He is the Co-editor of the Hungarian Labour Market Review. He is a second term volunteer in the CEDEFOP CareersNet network and member of the Advisory Board in the EU27 (2022-2025).

He is the Vice-President of the Hungarian Pedagogical Society, Chair of the Career Education Division, and the International Centre for Career Development and Public Policy (ICCDPP), also an International Fellow of the National Institute for Career Education and Counselling (NICEC) in the United Kingdom. His research interests are in career guidance policy development and evaluation at the global level, with a special focus on Europe and the so-called transition countries (former Communist countries).

RG profile


Workshop Description

Career equilibrium and sustainable development

Sustainability is one of the most commonly used words in modern days. It’s somehow connected with another term; balance. Economists know very well that equilibrium in the labour markets are transient phenomena, like rainbows in the sky after a summer thunderstorm.

The role of the career counsellor is to look after the values of the counselee, the individual and the family (as opposed to the HR manager who works for the company), so SDGs are best used in their daily practice to learn more about the jobseeker's values, attitude and expected lifestyle and reflect this back to them. Career professionals are also there to support the counselee in how to strike a balance between individually sustainable career goals and productivity through performance and the practice of individual reflection on it. Clearly, career counselling as a profession cannot and does not work without discussion about performance but without actual performance measurement as it is out of the scope of counselling. For example, the important role of the different homework, given by the counsellor to the counselee is absolutely connected with this issue.

Individual, and family level balances (equilibriums) are the targets of the counselling interventions. The learning outcomes of the counselling interventions can be clearly connected with the issue of personal, household and family level balances. These do not automatically mean sustainability but could lead to a more self-conscious way of life.  For example, calculating the counselee’s ecological footprint is an exercise which can be connected with the way of life different professions and jobs may provide in the present and in the future. Lifestyle is a concept that is under-emphasised in career counselling, even though it is linked to the attitudes, values, economic opportunities, and sustainability of the person seeking counselling.

Career development support services should teach us how to use our own resources, but also to appreciate the resources of others - our community and our environment.  For career counsellors, the SDGs mean tailoring the process to enable people to consider their lifestyle expectations in the context of their local environment. It must be conducted with the decent work agenda in mind.

keywords: sustainability, performance, learning outcomes, equilibrium, efficiency, decent work & UN SDG No. 8.


Presentation Workshop No. 08