LINC intervention in Czech Republic started with the implementation of the “Reflecting upon career aspirations” activity.
Students from several grades were involved in this activity. During the activity the students were given the chance to interact with people from the world of work, to visit several work spaces, to reflect upon the different job roles and the value of education.
- 17 pupils from the 5th class were engaged in a discussion with the staff of the VODOS Company. The students supported by their teacher prepared questions to address to the employees. The questions were related to the nature of their work, the activities that they usually perform, the impact that their work has in the community and the challenges that they face.
- The pupils from the 6th grade were encouraged to think of different job roles and to identify the challenges that revolve around the selected job roles. Different professionals (i.e. a fireman, a policeman and more) were also invited in the class and exposed to students’ questions. .
- In addition, the 6th graders visited the exhibition “Treasures of Ancient Egypt” that was held in the museum of Cologne. Apart from increasing their “cultural capital”, the students had the chance to interact with the archaeologist and the museum educators and to learn more about these job roles, the underlying challenges and strengths.
- The 5th, 7th and 9th graders of the ZS Kolin School visited the international manufacturing company “TPCA car”. This was an ideal opportunity for them to reflect upon the the value of education, the need for expertise, the need for skill building, the value of interdisciplinary teams. The students were given the chance to talk to key staff and to attend age-appropriate presentations related to car production.
- The 8th graders attended an Open Day in Cologne organised by the Secondary School of Mechanical Engineering. The students were guided around the different areas of the school (laboratories, computer lab, teaching rooms etc). In addition, they were given information regarding admission requirements and had the chance to listen to the experiences of the enrolled students. The aim of this visit was to stimulate students to continue their studies as well as to get information on possible educational pathways.
Concurrently with these activities, the 8th and the 9th graders supported by the educational counselor of the school and their classroom teacher visited an exhibition about educational pathways and future career steps. The exhibition offered students the opportunity to get information on possible educational paths at the level of secondary education, to discuss with other students, to contact professors and counselors, to consider vocational education as an alternative option, to link education in school and real-life demands.