Getting Greece’s Youth from Education to Employment: University Career Center Leaders Visit United States

Beginning September 13, World Learning will welcome five leaders of centers for career development and employment in Greece as participants on the State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). These five young Greek leaders will explore how career centers operate in the United States.

A demand exists for career centers in Greece given the country's current economic crisis, and the over 50 percent youth unemployment rate. Most career centers remain understaffed and underfunded despite a strong commitment among the directors of these centers to modernize the way that students start their careers. Even with those challenges, the new career centers have found success.  This exchange program is an opportunity to assist the next generation of Greek students by showcasing how career services are offered at American educational Institutions, both in the public and private sector.

Participants will stay in the United States for ten days. Their journey starts in Washington, D.C. where they will participate in a workshop and meet with professional counterparts to discuss partnerships between universities and employers, university engagement with alumni, and support for professional career center staff. 

From there, the participants will continue across the country, to Baltimore, Philadelphia and then Detroit, where participants will speak with their American counterparts about online education, entrepreneurial promotion, and internship and mentorship programs. Ultimately, the program aims to help participants develop new ideas for expanding their career center services and attracting private sector funding with the goal of increasing the prosperity of Greek youth.

World Learning administers the IVLP in partnership with the U.S. Department of State.  IVLP is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program. Through short-term visits to the United States, current and emerging foreign leaders in a variety of fields experience this country firsthand and cultivate lasting relationships with their American counterparts.

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Posted by: on August 28, 2014