Video refleCtiVe

Video CV enabling communicate your competences in a visually memorable way to your future employers or donors.

Type of the tool

☒                     Self-assessment

☒                     Publication/Handbook

☒                     Portfolio

☒                     Website/Platform/Blog

☐                     Assessment

☐                     Certificate/Attestation

☐                     Campaigning

Recognition dimensions addressed by the tool

☒                     Social Recognition

☐                     Formal recognition

☒                     Self-recognition

☐                     Political recognition

Level of influence of your tool

☐                     National

☐                     Regional

☐                     Local

☒                     Organizational

☒                     International

Target group(s) for the tool

☒                     Youth workers

☒                     Youth leaders

☒                     Young people

☒                     Youth organizations

☒                     Organizations

☐                     People from different social clusters

☒                     Higher Education Institutions

☒                     Employers

☒                     Educators


To what problem does this tool target?​

Non-formal and informal learning is one of the key parts of youth work, however, the learning outcomes of non-formal and informal education are not always recognized and properly validated in European youth work. Many European documents and declarations call for greater “recognition and validation of the learning and achievement that takes place through youth work in non-formal and informal learning environments”[1].

In December 2012, the European Council issued a Recommendation[2] asking the Member States to establish strategies for the validation of nonformal and informal learning by 2018. In the youth field, there are several tools providing enhanced self-awareness, present their competences when they are applying for jobs (such as Youthpass, Europass, etc.).

However, we see that many volunteers and youth workers coming from our network are lacking some modern and updated tools to present their volunteering experience in youth work or in youth projects in a way to raise their employability and become visible for more employers. Their many important competences, non-cognitive skills such as persistence, motivation, interpersonal skills and self-efficacy are staying hidden from the eyes of employers seeking to find people who have not only formal education and experience.

We agree to the statement that “missing are ways and tools to “translate” these competencies to other fields – primarily to education and employment, ensure the “transferability” of competencies developed in the youth field through their application in other social contexts.[3]


Young people’s participation in (local and international) youth work activities develop important competences that can be beneficial for them in the labour market. The issue is that the learning outcomes should be communicated well.

We bring together the idea of video CV and self-reflection of obtained competencies and created a new combination in a tool. It has 3 main directions:

  1. Helps to describe what they learnt during their volunteering projects in reflecting on their personal learning process.

  2. Contributes to the social recognition of youth work and volunteering with using elements of storytelling.

  3. Improves the employability of young people because they are able to visually document their acquired competences. 


[1] Declaration of the 2nd European Youth Work Convention

[2] Council Recommendation on the validation on non-formal and informal learning (2012)

[3] Handbook “Valued by you valued by other”, Salto Resource centre 2019

How does the tool work?

The ability to describe one’s competences is an important skill, one that is sometimes more valuable than a certificate when looking for a job or starting a business. Our tool aims to help young people to find the right language to describe their competences!

1.    Follow the link and start creating a video on your competencies obtained through youth fieldwork and volunteering 
2.    Do not hesitate to use graphic solutions and innovative approach which will catch the employer's attention.
3.    Start presenting yourself in a way to interest with your story. Start present visually your volunteering history, then highlight competencies you gained from each learning experience.
4.    Try to use good wording. It may take a while to find better descriptions.
5.    After creation, you can download the video. The system allows to freely download it, with their watermark.
6.    Upload the video on YouTube or on your personal storages and involve the link in your applications for a job or any other youth opportunity.

We propose to use the STAR model of self-reflection if you do not know where to start.
Situation: Describe a situation in which you acquired/demonstrated this competence.
Tasks: What tasks did you have to accomplish in that situation?
Actions: What actions did you take?
Results: What were the outcomes? Name 1 or 2 concrete competences develop during that experience


How can we create a new situation and bring change by using the tool?

Learning in the youth field and during projects impacts on individuals’ personal and social development and improves their employability.

A study by the European Youth Forum[1]  in 2013 in 40 European countries clearly showed that there is a match between the skills demanded by employers and those developed by taking part in youth work projects. Youth work has a positive influence on achievements. With this tool, we want to develop communicative self-reflection skills of young people and present in a modern video CV method the competencies obtained through non-formal learning.

In the new situation, we want to have a better awareness of the transferability of competences gained in youth work to employment, and to improve recognition of the value of competencies gained in youth projects.


[1] Manuel Souto-Otero, Daniela Ulicna, Loraine Schaepkens, Viktoria Bognar. Study on the impact of Non-Formal Education in youth organisations on young people’s employability (European Youth Forum, 2013)

Who does the validation?

As long as this is a self-reflective, self-assessment tool, the validation mainly comes from the person who creates the video CV. This can be Avery strong validation by yourself to your own capabilities if done correctly. Meaning that you have to be fully honest and objective to your skills, knowledge and attitudes. 

The other and yet not so widely used validation could come from your supervisor, employer or coworkers, who know you in work as a person and professional and who can send a short video validation, which you may include in the Video CV.

If you want to use the tool or have any questions, contact us.

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