The Centre for Career Information, Guidance and Counseling - CCIGC

The Centre for Career Information, Guidance and Counseling was set up as a result of a Tempus Program which was attended by Romanian Universities (the "Al. I. Cuza" University from Iasi, the West University from Timisoara, the "Babeş-Bolyai" University from Cluj-Napoca, the University of Bucharest) as well as foreign partners (Centre National des Oeuvres Universitaires et Scolaires, University of Bristol, Deutsches Studentenwerk and Office National d'Information sur les Enseignements et les Professions).

Starting on July 1st 1997, the Centre for Career Information, Guidance and Counseling has been conducting its activity within the residence hall “Mihail Kogalniceanu”, consisting in career counseling and guidance and professional information, assisting students and graduates in doing better at job interviews. For this purpose, the Centre for Career Information, Guidance and Counseling intends to create databases containing  students and graduates looking for jobs and the firms and NGOs  offering employment. It also plans to organize a job fair which will focus on the needs of the students and graduates from the University of Bucharest.

The Centre for Career Information, Guidance and Counseling has concentrated its efforts mainly on the process of informing graduates and students. This has been done with the substantial support of the governance of the University and under the direct coordination of the deputy rector prof. dr. Dana Marinescu. Every editorial year was marked by the publishing of informative brochures about the admission to faculty, in partnership with the Publishing House of the University of Bucharest. These publications appeared under the title THE ADMISSION (methodology, number of seats approved for every specialization, the entrance examination subjects from previous years and their solutions, the number of candidates, the available textbooks). There have already been published 16 brochures in this collection, 4 each year, and they have been in great demand as candidates for the entrance examination at the University of Bucharest have taken large interest in them..

Moreover, at the Centre for Career Information, Guidance and Counseling, students can obtain general information about the credits system, specific regulations currently in force at the University of Bucharest, lodging options, the way scholarships are granted and the libraries within the University.

In order to meet students’ needs, the Centre for Career Information, Guidance and Counseling started editing some brochures in an accessible format intended for the use of students as early as 1999. These were followed by the Charter of the University of Bucharest and by the Regulation on Organization and Operation of Halls of Residence  and Student Canteens.

The Centre for Career Information, Guidance and Counseling pays special attention to the students’ situation with regard to the labour market. In order to compensate for the deficiencies in this field, the Centre for Career Information, Guidance and Counseling has identified various materials related to this field and supplied graduates and students with the necessary support for a better performance at interviews materialized in the brochure entitled “How to get a job easier.” The brochure was edited in partnership with the Multifunctional Centre for Information and Documentation from the Faculty of Letters – the University of Bucharest and with the support of the “Universitarians for University” Association. Within the framework of the same project, a new brochure is on the anvil, aiming to identify and describe the international websites that deal with the employment of students and graduates, the types of services offered as well as their technical qualities.

The Centre for Career Information, Guidance and Counseling keeps constantly in touch with other centres for information and documentation from Romania, exchanging experience and documentation. Currently, it has a close collaboration with other centres for career information and counseling within a Tempus project aimed at the creation of a national network of career counseling.

The Centre for Career Information, Guidance and Counseling is a founding member of the National Association of the Counselors from the University Career Services from Romania, whose purpose is to establish a better collaboration at academic level in the career field.

The Centre for Career Information, Guidance and Counseling collaborates with non-governmental associations in order to elaborate and implement projects of great importance for the academic environment (The Education Fair, Students on the Labour Market). At present, the Centre for Career Information, Guidance and Counseling is successfully collaborating with the Multifunctional Centre for Information and Counseling. The two organizations have identified  numerous common elements in the activities they are conducting and the latter has become an extremely important partner in the field of career information and counseling. A true test for their collaboration was the organization of the Education Fair, at the level of the University of Bucharest, which took place between May 26th – 27th 2000. Its purpose was to present the education offer for high school graduates (the methodology of the organization and unfolding of the entrance examination, the number of seats for every section and specialization within the faculties from the University of Bucharest) and for bachelors (postgraduate specializations, MA studies). The Fair was addressed not only to senior high school pupils but also to high school graduates, potential candidates for the entrance examination to the University of Bucharest, and to senior students and university graduates who wish to continue their studies by attending MA and Ph.D. programmes.

Each faculty had at its disposal a 2 square meters board and a table to display the publicity materials. The Centre for Career Information, Guidance and Counseling provided the logistics for the manifestation, which also included  the mobilization of extra-budgetary funds, the production and typing, for every faculty, of an A4 leaflet folded in 3 and multiplied in 300 – 1000 copies intended for free distribution. Apart from these, the faculties can bring forward any promotional materials they deem appropriate. The two days of the fair were preceded by a promotional campaign organized in almost 100 high schools from Bucharest by mobile student teams which presented the opportunities offered by the University of Bucharest to pupils from the 12th grade. The Education Fair also represented the official opening of the Open Gates’ Week at the University of Bucharest, during which each faculty presented its own educational resources.

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Last updated at: April 08, 2011.