Vision Connect, Kuder's business development partner in China, organized the “Enabling the Future: Global Career Development Symposium” took place at the InterContinental Shanghai Expo Hotel in Shanghai on October 22.
While formal career planning at the secondary level is still in its infancy in China, it has become a hot topic among educators in recent years with the announcement of the new Gaokao (Chinese university admission examination), which includes three compulsory subjects, but also allows for students to choose a liberal arts track (in which they would take additional tests related to history, politics and geography) or a science track (in which they would take physics, chemistry, and biology tests).
This event served as a platform for Chinese and foreign educators to share experiences and practices in career planning. Over 140 educators from more than 100 schools and organizations attended the symposium. Ten media outlets sent reporters to cover the event, including First Media, the official education media of the Shanghai government.
Kuder President and CEO Phil Harrington delivered the keynote speech at the symposium, showcasing how Kuder Career Planning System® (KCPS) is helping learners around the globe achieve their career goals.
This event also featured well-known Chinese experts in education. Cuiwei Ye, chief principal of Hailiang Education Group, spoke on the topic “Calm Thoughts on Career Planning for Secondary School Students in China." Hailiang Education Group has over 60,000 students and is the third largest provider of private K-12 educational services in China.
James Hu, president of Ray Education Group, gave a speech on how to help students realize their true potential. Ray Education is among the first adopters of the Kuder system in China and is implementing Kuder Navigator® in all of the schools it owns or operates, including Adcote School Shanghai.
Victor Chuang, principal of the international department of Kang Chiao International School East China Campus, discussed how his school is offering different programs and career-related activities to foster the career development of every student.
Jenny Chen, principal of Shanghai United International School, shared how this highly selective private school in Shanghai incorporates different elements of career planning in day-to-day school activities.
Nancy Wang, vice principal of Shanghai Pinghe Bilingual School explained how the well-known International Baccalaureate school is fully implementing the CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service) component of the IBDP to help students prepare for the future.
During the event, the guest speakers engaged in discussions with the attendees on various aspects of career planning and implementation within the school setting.