SWOT Analysis and SMART Goals as Career Building Tools

Initial vocational education and training
When building a career, mentoring and interaction with the teacher are no less important than the prospects of employment

What helps or prevents students from building a successful career? According to teachers, such factors are internal (such as motivation, goals, and readiness to self-improvement) and external (family support, the condition of the industry and local entrepreneurship). At the same time, well-developed communication and self-presentation skills help students in their careers and significantly increase their chances of success, although they do not substitute the need for quality professional training.

The Public-Private Partnership for Improving Plumbing Education in Ukraine (EdUP) project in partnership with the Career Hub expert platform of the Center for Corporate Social Responsibility has launched a training course “Preparing young people for successful careers”.

Thirty specialists from career development centers and teachers who train plumbers have already joined the course.

The course aims to improve the skills of teachers in working with young people - both in groups and in individual consultations - on career planning, employment, and private entrepreneurship. The training takes place online and will last for five months - from January to May 2022.

The training program combines theoretical and practical tasks with the possibility of communication and exchange of experiences between course participants. It is important that after each of the four modules, teachers complete tasks with students and give feedback.

After the first meeting, which took place on January 12, the participants received a task of drawing up a career plan using SWOT-analysis of personality and SMART goals.

The next training will focus on job search and youth employment.


The Public Private Partnership to Improved Plumbing Education (EdUP) is a project of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, in partnership with Geberit Trading LLC, implemented by Swisscontact and supported by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine.

Initial vocational education and training
Public Private Partnership to Improved Professional Education in Ukraine
Due to the war's impact and technological advancements, Ukraine faces a shortage of skilled labor across sectors, causing concern among companies. Employers are ready to provide competitive wages and modern resources but face challenges due to stereotypes about vocational school graduates. In response, the government has initiated vocational education reforms, emphasizing decentralized vocational education and training to align skills with local economic needs. The Ministry of Education and Science collaborates with businesses and organizations to enhance professional training quality, attract additional resources, and modernize education.