Rapid changes taking place in the education system and on the labour market in Europe in the last few years as well as the globalization and development of information technologies require the introduction of principal changes when it comes to professional counselling and career counselling services rendered by various institutions. With the European Union’s open labour market, high mobility of citizens and enterprises and the blurring of national and cultural frontiers, it becomes an important objective for the job counselling system to prepare young people, unemployed and workers to take up employment not only on the national market but also transnationally. 

Globalisation and transnationalisation (development of international organisations) strongly influence the labour market and enforce planning and execution of professional career in the international and intercultural context. Development of the European labour market and staff exchange between individual member states entailing the levelling of differences between individual regions of the European Union is also material. Additionally, the development of global, international organisations results in a need for employee preparation to work in a foreign country, different cultural environment and social security system. 

Mobility brings about many benefits for migrants: it creates conditions promoting the participation in another culture (improvement of intercultural competencies, foreign language skills, development of openness and flexibility), offers a new capital for the career and creates a new type of entrepreneurship. However, on the other hand, international migration negatively influences the individual identity (Bańka, 2006). 

Transnational career counselling goes beyond the country borders and refers to services rendered to individuals temporarily working on a foreign labour market or planning to go beyond the borders of their home country to work there, temporarily or permanently, and responds to the contemporary labour market. Transnational counselling is a form of counselling focused on the support and promotion of careerism on the European and global scale (Neault, 2005). Transnational career counselling focuses on positive aspects of intercultural differences as a development opportunity for the client and “appears as a set of proactively pursued actions focusing on the prevention, intervention and promotion of desirable attitudes and competencies from the perspective of the transnational adaptation. 

The „ LAMOS Model of working with people interested in transnational labour mobility/ support scheme before the mobility and assistance is adaptation in any foreign workplace” developed under European Labor Mobility Support – LAMOS EU (Project no 2016-1-CY01-KA202-017350) presents a support scheme for an individual/employee moving abroad for work before and during the mobility from the stage of intention to the adaptation in a foreign country and workplace. The purpose of the suggested solution is to thoroughly prepare the employee to work abroad so that the he/she is ready to face a range of challenges and can enter the foreign labour market and deal with occurring problems. Therefore, it is about increasing the feeling of satisfaction from working and staying abroad and avoiding an early termination of employment and return to the country of origin.

It is addressed to various institutions and their representatives supporting individuals taking up jobs beyond their countries of origin. The Model is also geared at unemployed and employees going to another country to work. The full Model is available here in the downloads section: https://www.lamos-project.eu/en/