Mobility advice

‘The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page’
This is a training tool for guidance practitioners who offer mobility advice. It enables them to reflect on and specify a practice and establish it in a quality-oriented approach.

What do we mean by "mobility"?

Spending a greater or lesser period of time in a foreign country for the purposes of studying, completing a work placement, perfecting linguistic skills, working, volunteering,
etc. Two major types of mobility exist: institutional mobility and individual mobility.

What do we mean by "mobility advice"?

Giving information on the mobility process and supporting the development of activities of a mobility project in the frame of lifelong guidance (Study, employment, retraining, etc.). These activities are diverse and vary depending on the context and can fall into the following fields: advisory interviews, project design, project support, remote advice, promotion of personal project mobility, awareness session coordination, etc.

The mobility advice must be given neutrally and confidentially for the benefit of the consultant. It must be credible, effective and useful and take into account any feedback given by the parties involved. In this context, the guidance professional must use concise and transparent methodologies.


The Council of European Ministers adopted 10 quality criteria related to mobility experiences:
- Information and advice
- A training plan
- Recognition and certification
- Preparation
- Linguistic preparation
- Tutoring and support
- Logistical assistance
- Debriefing and evaluation
- Help with reintegrating a course or training programme
- Commitment and responsibility-taking of all parties

European objectives and tools

Mobility is a political, social and economic issue for Europe, where it is supported by means of many tools.Internationalisation, economic interdependence, globalisation and the development of new information and communication technologies are factors in the context of mobility.

Useful networks

Different networks are at the disposal of guidance practitioners to guide individuals in the process of mobility:

Some theoretical insights

"The process of mobility before, during and after the stay abroad"
The setting up of a mobility experience includes not only practical elements. Here you can find some background information that explains the phases of mobilty. Not only the preparation, but also what's happing during the mobilty experience and the follow-up when back home.

Coping skills for mobility

After working on the process of mobility before, during and after the stay abroad we want now to take a further step.
How can we assist in the mobility process if something goes wrong? Taking into account the distance but also the new technologies at our disposal.
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Mobility advice process

Various stages take place when providing advice in the field of transnational mobility in a lifelong mobility context and the approach is similar whether for a young or an adult audience.
The mobility advice process can be simplified as follows:

A quality approach

The mobility experience for an individual is always a process and not a product.It has to be assessed, but how?This is further complicated by the fact that the principle gain for the individual lies largely in transversal skills:how do you assess self-confidence, adaptability, stress management, open-mindedness, etc.?
It is necessary for the mobility advice professional to understand the mechanisms put in place in order to carry out an assessment and a quality approach.


The training of mobility advice professionals

In order to guarantee a high-quality mobility advice service the professional must have a qualification.

Tools used in the Euroguidance network for mobility issues

The tools can be found under this page: tools

European projects related with mobility and guidance