Family Compass

Getting involved in family life, whether or not during a career break, enhances many competences which could be relevant exploring professional careers or further education. The knowledge one acquires in the often complex search for the best support for children, providing the suitable care for sick or disabled family members, and organizing the household and family life, often leads to a high degree of maturity and a great deal of knowledge and skills, whether explicit or not.

Based on this consideration and the growing need for professional workers in sectors such as child care, welfare work and caring for the elderly in our aging society, it is in fact obvious that training providers and employers should be considering the possibility of acknowledging and recognizing competences acquired within family life.

The Family Competence Portfolio aims to evaluate some of the most crucial competences: competences connected to experiences gained in family life.