European parents for 21st century careers and competences


  • Eszter Salamon



One of the most delicate parental tasks is to guide your child or children towards further education and possible successful career pathways, avoiding traps such as trying to fulfil your own un-accomplished dreams in your child or following fashionable trends instead of looking for the right pathways. This is an area where parents, their association, teachers, other professionals and other players, especially the media, have a major responsibility to collaborate and thus try to minimise risks and possible harm. Career guidance literally starts in cradle while skills and competences development should continue until the grave for most in today’s and tomorrow’s reality. This paper is aiming at exploring current research evidence, policy recommendations and inspiring practice in Europe and beyond. This is analysed from a rights-based perspective, with equal focus on the rights of the child and rights of parents, based on the work of the European Parents’ Association.

Author Biography

Eszter Salamon

Eszter Salamon

Pesident of European Parents Association



Teacher and economist specialised in the field of NGOs and PR,
Holds MA in Public Relations at College of International Trade and Degree in English  and Mathematics from Eötvös Loránd University Budapest.

Director at Parents International - Stichting IPA,
Project Manager at ESHA - European School Heads Assocation.
Served as President of the European Parents Association and Vice-President of the European Lifelong Learning Platform.

CEO and Editor-in-chief of the Szerep Cultural Foundation (Hungary).
Eszter Salamon’s priority has been assisting 21st century parents to support their children to reach their full potential, ommitted to supporting parents in their role as children’s first and most influential educators.

Expert in children’s, students’ and parents’ rights and is deeply involved in European education discussions on topics including lifelong learning, the prevention of early school leaving and youth unemployment, the importance of developing key competences, and the role of informal and non-formal learning.