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In front of the class room, the digital Revolution makes a stop

A group of WEF participants attended this week a primary school in Davos. The aim of the visit: The children should be given the opportunity to ask the managers

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In front of the class room, the digital Revolution makes a stop

A group of WEF participants attended this week a primary school in Davos. The aim of the visit: The children should be given the opportunity to ask the managers questions about their Jobs. You want to gain but also with an impression of whether the fourth industrial Revolution which will change the world of work radically, already arrived in some Form in the classroom.

the discrepancy between Career aspirations and reality

The diagnosis is: no. The drawings about their career aspirations, which included the children, in fact, so, therefore, as ever: The boys want to be like an athlete or a mechanic, the girl, the Athlete was also at the very top, followed by a teacher. Programmer? Software engineer? .

Now, while it is pretty normal, and that primary students have dreams. However, the Figures published by the Organisation for development and co-operation in Europe, OECD show that young people between the ages of 17 to 18 years, are interested in often for Jobs that are in demand in the modern world of work. More than 15 percent of young people aspire to a career in the fields of culture, media and sport – although the number of these sectors, persons required will reduce until 2024 drastically. "There is a mismatch between the Career aspirations of the young, and the reality exists," says Andreas Schleicher, Director for education and skills at the OECD.

the Jobbilder of students including their socio-economic Background, but also of the expectations of the parents and Gender stereotypes are Influenced. The probability of, for example, that parents trust a son of a engineer career, is three times higher than in the case of a subsidiary, even if both have the same skills. Accordingly, the fear of contact with the girls.

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That familiarity with technology and mathematics helps to survive in the new world of work, has known for some time. But the Numbers that were presented at the world economic forum, show that the schools are preparing enough on what is in the future asked: So has the OECD average-every second person between the ages of 16 and 24 years of age have sufficient skills to manage complex digital information. The best cut in the country comparison, Singapore, Korea and Finland. Switzerland is not listed, but according to the OECD expert Schleicher need to catch up in their education, with regard to the acquisition of future skills.

For Schleicher is clear: the world of work and schools will need to come in contact with each other, in order to bring the students, but also the traditionally conservative teacher with the Jobs of tomorrow, and the upheavals in the market in touch. A positive example is the organization of Education and Employers, which occurred at the WEF, together with the OECD is for him. The Foundation sends, in cooperation with the company's Volunteers in the British class room, to tell young people of their careers, and to break at the same time also Gender stereotypes.

a New Initiative in Swiss schools

According to the same principle is now being raised with a sister organisation in Switzerland, which operates under the name "Models". She is recently in the West of Switzerland, and is currently working with eight schools in Lausanne. In the next few months should also be in the German part of Switzerland is expanding. For this purpose, partners, and Volunteers are still being sought.

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 24.01.2019, 22:57 PM

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