Topic outline

  • The blue economy is the specific part of the economy that focuses on the sustainable use of oceans, seas, and coastal resources. It includes well-established sectors such as fisheries, coastal tourism, maritime transport, marine extraction of oil and gas, as well as the emerging offshore wind industry. In addition, other promising sectors such as blue biotechnology, deep-sea mining, and desalination are part of the blue industry.

    This course is designed for two categories of personnel: learners/ prospective employees gain an understanding of the blue economy job sectors, while career counselors enhance their professional toolbox with instruments for career guidance. 

            

    Course aim and objectives

    The scope of this course is to offer you the required details for planning and upskilling a career in the blue economy. The course includes general information, job categories and opportunities for training as well as tips for trans-sectoral employability. It is intended to give you an overview of the blue economy sectors:

    • Fisheries, aquaculture and processing
    • Coastal and maritime tourism
    • Maritime transport, ports and shipbuilding
    • Marine extraction of oil, gas and minerals
    • Offshore wind and ocean energy
    • Blue Biotechnology
    • Deep-Sea Mining
    • Desalination

    The course contains 9 modules, which intend to provide the needed knowledge and foster the development of skills and attitudes of the staff working with the blue economy.

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  • Module 1. Fisheries, Aquaculture and Processing

    Upon completing the module, you will be able to:

    • Identify the different sectors related to marine living resources
    • Describe the different jobs that are available in the fisheries, aquaculture and processing sectors
    • Present career paths in the sector
    • Propose trans-sectoral working possibilities
  • Module 2. Coastal and Maritime Tourism

    Upon completing the module, you will be able to:

    • Understand the importance of the Coastal and Maritime Tourism sector in the EU Blue Economy
    • Distinguish the subsectors in coastal tourism
    • Describe the different jobs that are available in costal and maritime tourism sectors
    • Present career paths in the sector
    • Propose trans-sectoral working possibilities
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  • Module 3. Maritime Transport, Ports and Shipbuilding

    Upon completing the module, you will be able to:

    • Recognize the role of the maritime transport in the blue economy 
    • Explain the types of jobs that one can get in maritime transport, ports and shipbuilding
    • Describe the career paths that can be explored 
    • Propose trans-sectoral working possibilities

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  • Module 4. Marine extraction of oil, gas and minerals

    Upon completing the module, you will be able to:

    • Understand that the oceans hold a veritable treasure trove of valuable resources
    • Recognize the role of the Marine extraction of oil, gas and minerals in the blue economy
    • Explain the types of jobs that one can get in the Marine extraction of oil, gas and minerals sector
    • Describe the career paths that can be explored
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  • Module 5. Offshore Wind and Ocean Energy

    Upon completing the module, you will be able to:

    • Understand the role of offshore wind and ocean energy in the blue economy
    • Explain the types of jobs that ones can get in
    • Describe the career paths that can be explored
    • Propose trans-sectoral working possibilities

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  • Module 6. Blue Biotechnology

    Upon completing the module, you will be able to:

    • Describe the application of biotechnology in the blue industry
    • Understand the role of biotechnology in the blue economy
    • Explain the types of jobs that ones can get in
    • Describe the career paths that can be explored
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  • Module 7. Deep-Sea Mining

    Upon completing the module, you will be able to:

    • Recognize the role of Deep-Sea Mining in the blue economy
    • Explain the types of jobs that ones can get in Deep Sea Mining
    • Describe the career paths that can be explored 
    • Recommend mentoring tools that can contribute to success in career

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  • Module 8. Desalination

    Upon completing the module, you will be able to:

    • Recognize the role of Desalination in the blue economy
    • Understand how the desalination process works
    • Explain the types of jobs that one can get in Desalination Plants
    • Describe the career paths that can be explored

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  • Module 9. Career Guidance and Mentoring

    Upon completing the module, a mentor or career counselor will be able to:

    • Support mentees to identify the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats with regard to their career
    • Assist learners in identifying their SMART career objectives
    • Guide the students to achieve their career goals
    • Create awareness among learners/mentees regarding available career options
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  • Acknowledgement, Disclaimer and Copyright notice

    AcknowledgementThis paper has received funding from the European Commission under Grant Agreement—2020-1-RO01-KA202-080397, ERASMUS+ Strategic Partnership project “Career Guidance in Blue Economy”.

    Disclaimer„The European Commission support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the content which reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.”

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