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Students need to decide early enough what to study or what to learn after their Abitur. Currently, more than 450 German universities are offering more than 14,000 majors in all kinds of fields. Likewise, there are 327 qualified job training programs recognized by the state. Even maintaining somewhat of an overview here is next to impossible! However, this overview is necessary to prevent disappointments such as changing majors at university or quitting job training. It is indeed paramount for a successful future to know as early as possible what one wants to be. We want to support students faced with this difficult decision and prepare them as best as possible for it, since the decision which job to pursue is essential for personal life plans.
At FPGZ, we are thus committed to introducing students to this issue as early as possible, to support them, and to lead them through this jungle of advanced learning opportunities. We have conceived a thorough concept for job and study guidance for this purpose.
Starting with the school year 2018/19, a new subject will be introduced beginning in Grade 8, that will be focusing on the challenges of the professional world: economy, job and study guidance (WBS).
In WBS, students are taught general job and study guidance as well as basic economic knowledge which can then be built upon in the subject economics, which is introduced in the Grades of “Sekundarstufe II” and includes four lessons per week. Here, students take on the role entrepreneurs for the first time, too. Annually, young entrepreneurs of the economics class found their own business that they then run over two years leading up to the Abitur.
Based on the job and study guidance part of WBS, Grade 10 students take part in a one-week BOGY internship, which they have been thoroughly prepared for with the help of the accompanying BOGY concept starting in Grade 9. Here, students learn how to properly write a CV and applications, and how to present themselves convincingly in a job interview, and much more. Special focus lies here on the so-called “soft skills”: through focusing on their personal skills and interests, further cemented by the geva-test, students take a big step towards job and study orientation. In addition to the practical experience of the internship, where students get to decide which professional area they want to get a feel for, there are further events in the Grades of “Sekundarstufe I”, such as a guided tour at the Porsche AG.
After acquiring the necessary basic insight throughout the Grades of “Sekundarstufe I”, job and study guidance picks up steam in “Sekundarstufe II”. The job information day marks the beginning of this and is hosted by FPGZ for Grade 10 and 11 students bi-annually. More than a dozen businesses, including Porsche AG, Metro Group, and LBBW, present students with the opportunity to engage in conversations, browse the booths, have their applications checked, and begin to network.
To get a glimpse of how life at university is, and to get a better overview of the countless offers, students visit the university information day – chances are, some students might just visit their future universities on this day… Further events include the open talks with university and job training ambassadors at FPGZ, as well as a visit to the education fair “vocatium”. Furthermore, the federal agency offers guidance talks with Mr. John.