Role of Parents in Guiding their Children towards the Most Suitable Personal Careers

November 24th and 25th, 2017
in Tallinn, Estonia

Co-organised by


One of the most delicate parental tasks is to guide your child or children towards further education and possible successful career pathways, avoiding traps such as trying to fulfil your own un-accomplished dreams in your child or following fashionable trends instead of looking for the right pathways.

The EU has realised the importance of building a knowledge-based society back in 2000, and in 2010 set the headline target that 40% of the younger generations should have a tertiary degree by 2020. On the way – while the legal basis has not changed, but the university lobby has become very influential – the European Commission started to interpret tertiary education as higher education, but we must keep the original intention and regulations in mind: parents should aim at supporting all children to finish secondary education and as many of them as possible to obtain a tertiary degree, be it a vocational, post-secondary or higher education one, that can ensure easy access to the labour market.

Meanwhile we should not forget that even if Europe manages to achieve the above goal, still nearly 2/3 of young people will have to successfully start their lives having the right secondary education, cognitive and transversal skills as well as the spirit of initiative. Parents and professional educators have a crucial role – individually and together – in supporting young people in finding their own pathways, be in a secondary vocational education or a PhD, help them to lose the least possible time with useless studies and find their way to a happy life.

The conference will look at ways of home-school cooperation in career guidance, transversal skills with special focus on entrepreneurship, and the role of parents and parents’ associations to improve the image of vocational secondary education and non-university tertiary education to help people understand that for most people it is a first and best choice.

Registration is now open.

Registration deadline:

            Sunday, 15 October 2017

Preliminary Programme

The conference is held in English.

Friday, November 24th, 2017

9:00                     Bus leaves from Park Inn for school visit at a Waldorf school

11:30                   School visit at a vocational school, venue of the conference

12:30                   Lunch and registration š

13:30-18:00         General Assembly – for EPA member representatives only

13.30 – Creating the next entrepreneurial generation: are our policies and parents up to the challenge? – guest speaker Anthony Gribben, European Training Foundation

14.30-17.00 – small group work on EPA’s strategic plan and working methods 2018-2020

15.30-16.00 coffee break

17.00 statutory decisions according to agenda sent separately

18:00                   Community dinner preparations

19:00                   Dinner


Saturday, November 25th, 2017

9:30                     Bus leaves from Park Inn

10:00                   Official opening

Mrs Mailis Reps, Minister of Education and Science and

Janar Holm, Deputy Secretary-General on Labour and Employment Policy

on behalf of the Estonian Presidency of the EU,

video message of the European Commission,

the President of the hosting organisation, Aivar Haller and President of EPA, Eszter Salamon

10:30                   Keynote session

Career guidance as a family aim – the Mengels family

Raising the attractiveness of vocational training and apprenticeships – Petri Lempinen, EUproVET Finland (AMKE, the national association of VET providers)

                            Junior Achievement and Entrepreneurial Expreience in Career Guidance – Epp Vodja, JA Europe / JA Estonia

11:30                   Coffee break

12:00-16:00         Workshop sessions 1&2 with

13:30-14.30            Buffet lunch

Workshop 1: Entrepreneurship

Workshop 2: Vocational education pathways

Workshop 3: Career guidance by parents and with parents

Participants will be assigned to workshops according to their choices at registration

16:00                   coffee break

16:30-18:00         Fishbowl session – Parents for children’s successful future

19:00                   walk through old Tallinn to the conference dinner

Sunday, November 26th, 2017

10:00                   Walking tour of Tallinn – upon separate registration

Disclaimer: Please note that cancellation was only possible before 20th October, in case of accommodation booked with us it is 15th October. In case you cancel later, you have to pay the full fee due and also the cost of accommodation booked.
In all organisational questions please contact Brigitte Haider +43-664 562 4043 or the local organiser, Aivar Haller +372 5162211, e-mail:


Park Inn by Radisson Meriton Conference & Spa Hotel Tallinn

Address: Toompuiestee 27,  Tallinn, 10149

Phone: +372 62 88 100

More information about hotel can be found here

Transport from the airport to the hotel:

The distance from the airport to the hotel is 6 km. Easiest way is taxi. The taxi stand is right in front of the airport door. The journey takes 10 minutes and costs EUR 10-15. If you are using Uber or Taxify apps, you can order one by phone to the Airport parking place (100 m from doors) and it will cost approximately EUR 5.

See map here

Public transport options from the airport to the hotel include at least 1 km walking. You can find options here Tram tickets cost 2 euros when buying from the driver

Conference Venue (and second school visit on Friday)

Tallinn School of Service

Address: Majaka 2, Tallinn, 11412

Phone: +372 605 3102

Homepage is unfortunately in Estonian and Russian only.

Transport from the hotel to venue and back is organized by bus. From the airport You should take a taxi if you go to the conference venue directly.

School visit

Free Waldorfschool of Tallinn

Address: Tuulemaa 12, Tallinn, 10312

Phone: +372 601 6504

Homepage is unfortunately in Estonian

Transport from the hotel to school is organized by bus.


The community dinner will be held at the venue of the conference on Friday, prepared with our own assistance.

Conference dinner on Saturday

Restaurant Babulja

Address: Pärnu mnt 2, Tallinn, 10148

Phone: +372 502 4752

More information about Babulja is here

We will walk through the old town from Park Inn to the restaurant and back. It will be a short warm-up for Sunday morning’s tour in the Old Town of Tallinn.Disclaimer: Please note that cancellation is only possible before 20th October, in case of accommodation booked with us it is 15th October. In case you cancel later, you have to pay the full fee due and also the cost of accommodation booked.

In case you organise your own accommodation, you can register for the conference until 20th October.
In case you choose to pay in cash at the event, you will not be able to join the sightseeing progamme, lunch or the conference itself without paying your due fees.

In all organisational questions please contact Brigitte Haider

Tel. no:       +43-664 562 4043