18 Nov

Mika Launikari

Mr Mika Launikari (M.Sc.Econ.) has been working in the field of lifelong guidance since 1995. Currently he is employed at the Finnish National Agency for Education (EDUFI), where his duties include internationalisation of guidance and counselling services in the context of learning mobility (Euroguidance). During his professional career he has been involved in international guidance cooperation (policy, research, practice) with European Union institutions (European Commission, Cedefop, European Training Foundation, etc.) and European networks (European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network, European Employment Services, Europass, etc.). For five years (2007-2012) he was employed at the European Union agency Cedefop, where he was in charge of lifelong guidance and entrepreneurship learning. Further, he has published reports, books and articles, managed large-scale development projects, acted as a trainer and presented papers at numerous international conferences. His special interests are multicultural guidance and counselling, global careers, and EU policy and strategy developments in the fields of lifelong learning and employment. In 2019, he will defend his doctoral dissertation on intra-EU labour mobility at the University of Helsinki (Faculty of Educational Sciences). See also www.launikari.eu


Title of presentation: Global careers – Identity formation and interculturality development

In its policies and strategies the European Union (EU) has repeatedly addressed the importance of developing human capital, fostering educational attainment and promoting cross-border movement of people for careers and learning. Intra-EU labor mobility is said to balance out skills shortages and gaps between the EU28 member states. With an increasing labor force mobility within the EU, employers across Europe can capitalize on the benefits that talented people from diverse cultural backgrounds make in working life. This is considered to increase the EU’s economic competitiveness in the global market.

Talent and competences are one thing, successful functioning in an intercultural professional environment is another thing. It is obvious that gifted people are an asset for employers. However, that is not enough, if staff members from across the globe cannot work efficiently and interact constructively together at an international workplace. Understanding more profoundly the qualities that make individuals interculturally competent, and how such capacities can be further developed in a supranational career context are at the core of this presentation.

Thereby, the aim is to explore and discuss the interculturality- and identity-related career outcomes of intra-EU labour mobility. The focus will be on staff members working for decentralized European Union agencies located in Greece (Cedefop), Ireland (Eurofound) and Italy (European Training Foundation). Essentially, the dynamics of the specific elements that constitute interculturality and identity capitals, and how the staff members relate to them in their multicultural working environment, and what are the meanings they give to these notions from the perspective of their professional careers in the EU public administration will be looked at.