Workforce mobility within the European Union is a high political priority for EU education, training and employment policies. The European Commission in April/May 2014 undertook an EU-wide survey to collect the views of some 27,998 respondents from different social and demographic groups across the Member States of the EU on the problems they faced as learners and workers with regards to the transparency and recognition of their skills and qualifications. Among the issues addressed in the survey were The Use and Perception of Career Guidance Services.
The following key findings on career guidance were reported (Special Eurobarometer 417):
A quarter of respondents (24%) have used a career guidance service. This varies considerably by Member State; in some countries, only 3% of respondents say they have used a career guidance service. The main reason for never having used a career guidance service is the lack of access (45%). The majority of EU citizens have positive views about the availability and usefulness of career guidance services; for example, 71% agree that they are useful for making the right choice for further studies. In total, 44% of EU citizens say that they have looked for information of some kind on education, training or career guidance. Just over half of respondents (56%) say they found it at least quite easy to find the information they needed.