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Undiscovered career choices – Girls Day and Boys Day 2017

Michaela will become a mechatronics technician. Stephan is training to become an old-age carer. And why not? There has been a Girls Day taking place since 2001 with a Boys Day a later addition.

27 Apr 2017 | Press Release No. 11

By now about 1.7 million girls have taken part in Girls Day alone. On this day businesses and employers open their doors for young women: Girls can get a peek into careers in technology and IT, engineering and natural sciences and get up close with craft trades. In the case of Boys Day young men get a flavour of working in the areas of education, social and care work, early childhood care and medical care. On 27 April, the national Girls Day und Boys Day 2017, the Federal Employment Agency (BA) is involved in lots of initiatives and events. For example, one of those opening their doors is the BA's own IT System House which is responsible for the operation and development of one of the biggest IT networks in Germany. Under the instruction of trainees and skilled instructors from the IT System House team, 17 young women will use this chance to program their own website. In addition, the students will learn about the parts that make up one of the BA's 160,000 computers and then assemble the computer themselves.    

Young people have the opportunity to unlock their hidden talents and discover new careers.

Detlef Scheele, Chairman of the Executive Board of the Federal Employment Agency, commented: "Making a good and lasting choice when it comes to careers or studying is key for making a successful start in the working world. Good vocational training is also an effective way to prevent people becoming unemployed. We want to better support young people as they take this journey in the future. Our guidance counselling services start as early as the 8th grade (usually 13-14 years old) in all general education schools and in the 12th grade (17-18 years old) in the upper level of general secondary schools and vocational schools. What's more we are an active participant in the "No Stereotypes" national advice programme for young people that promotes career choices free of gender stereotypes."  

On Girls Day and Boys Day parents should also be encouraged to think together with their son or daughter about careers that may not have thought about before.

You can find out about events run by local Employment Agencies on 27 April by visiting http://www.girls-day.de and http://www.boys-day.de.

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