Currently there are various challenges related to the development of future generations, especially after the Asian Economic Community (MEA) program was launched. The free market demands the availability of quality workers who are competent and certified with expertise in certain fields. This condition requires the Indonesian people to prepare the next generation who are not only competent, but also have character so that the noble values of this nation are not eroded by cultural influences from other countries that are impossible to contain. Efforts to increase the competence of the next generation are not only related to increasing cognitive abilities, but it is no less important to improve various characteristics supported by the ability of non-cognitive aspects.
For the purpose of participating in preparing thoughts that support the above expectations, the Guidance and Counseling Study Program of the State University of Malang held a seminar with the main theme Creating Achieving Generation that M characterthrough Increasing Factors Non Cognitive. On the basis of this theme and presentations from resource persons who are competent in their fields, this seminar opens opportunities for academics, students and practitioners to present their papers referring to sub-themes (1) Implementation of Minister of Education and Culture Regulation No.111 of 2004 concerning Guidance and Counseling in Primary and Secondary Education in character development, (2) Non-cognitive factors that influence character development, (3) Indegenous practice in character development, (4) Benefit of career exploration for character development.
Although this seminar was held by the guidance and counseling study program, the papers or articles that were submitted and accepted as part of these proceedings came from various study programs. This is in line with the idea that the education of the younger generation is a collaborative effort from various disciplines, especially in the fields of education. Various reviews were revealed in the articles contained in this proceeding, including spiritual, multicultural, cross-cultural and traditional reviews, local wisdom, as well as established theoretical reviews of the character of the younger generation. In particular, it also discusses non-cognitive aspects such as self-efficacy, career development, and resilience. It is no less interesting to discuss various approaches to character development and career development, such as modeling, genograms, and even with sports activities.
There is great hope from the presentation of these articles to be able to answer external challenges through managing the non-cognitive abilities of the younger generation. If the conditions of education are managed properly to facilitate the non-cognitive abilities of students, the expected achievements will be achieved and be able to compete with graduates from other countries.