Now more than ever, teachers are important partners when it comes to job orientation for their students. From 6th or 7th grade onwards, students are guided towards the job market. Making them politically interested and responsible adults is one of the main goals of public education. The IfT Institut für Talententwicklung is supporting these tasks in various ways:

At the vocatium fairs students talk to people who are learning or studying exactly the professions and subjects they are interested in. Our workshops and guides  (printed and online), the learning and information forum with the Search area and our Learning Game help the young people to prepare for the discussions. In the run-up to the fair as well as in the individual discussions and lectures at the fair, the young people have many aha experiences for their career choice. Around 85 vocatium trade fairs take place every year. 500,000 young people are personally approached for participation. Until 2019, many trade fairs were called nordjob. In 2020, they were renamed vocatium.

Our movie about the vocatium fairs gives you an impressum on how they work.

Parents are important counselors when it comes to finding the proper profession for their children. At parentum events parents get support in finding a vocation for their children together with them. The duration of parentum events is 4 hours each, weekdays from 3 – 7 pm or Saturdays from 10 am – 2 pm.

The pluspunkt.ausland - Education Fair for Paths into the World brings pupils into dialogue with foreign providers and former programme participants. The fair takes place on weekdays in the afternoon hours and is aimed at interested families whose children are considering a stay abroad during or after school or would like to host an international guest.

Part of our service are workshops helping students with job orientation. Various themes are possible, e.g. workshops about the application process, body language or communication.

In addition, parent events are visited by employees of the IfT as well. A total of 18,000 workshops are held each year. You can find further information here.

In addition, mentors projects are organized.

Job orientation should be fun. vocatium2go is simulating a visit to the fair and serves as preparation for the interviews at the fair. A test concerning job orientation is part of the app as well. The game can be downloaded for free.

vocatium2go at App Store and at Google Play Store

Guides make it easier for teachers to design career-oriented lessons. In addition, materials for individual school subjects with references to career choices are published. Professional exhibitions with accompanying booklets enable a deepening of career choice lessons on specific topics.

Next year the construction industry‚ the worldwide biggest fair is taking place again attracting more than 500,000 visitors over the course of 3 years. In 2019, the bauma is opening its doors once again for schools to find a special place to learn out of school and present an exciting program for students known as THINK BIG! Schools from all over Bavaria, Baden-Wuerttemberg and Austria are free to visit the fair. Bus transfer and admittance is free for participating students. Additionally, participating teachers will be prepared by a teaching guide provided by the Klett-Verlag and a special event giving information. Preparing schools and organizing the event is the IfT. For additional information, please contact Mrs. Anne Fuchs, Tel.: +49 89 20062297 or

The following search mask will help you find companies, universities and institutions that offer internships, gap years, trainings and courses of studies. There are also some associations and initiatives that offer social internships.

The IfT Institut für Talententwicklung supports teachers with different media and offers in the design of job-oriented teaching. Workshops and meetings promote the exchange of experience and information about current developments and are mostly officially approved as professional training.


Professionals from the vocational world accompany your children on the way of their career choice and application to companies or universities.


The Melissantum School Award annually awards schools with exemplary career guidance concepts.


Under the motto "me&us ‚– Commitment for the world of tomorrow", the IfT organizes workshops and forums for voluntary involvement of young people in the areas of social, cultural, sports, science and politics.


The fairs for vocational education inform young people, that want to develop further after initial studies, about educational offers.


At TALENTUM conferences in Berlin, Hamburg, Munich and Frankfurt (Main), current aspects of career orientation are put up for discussion.


The Journal for Education and Career Orientation reflects historical and current professional and scientific discourses.