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 80 vocatium trade fairs take place every year. 500,000 young people are personally approached for participation.

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 over 12,000 workshops are held each year. You can find further information here.

In addition, mentors projects are organized.

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.

The construction industry‚ the worldwide biggest fair is taking place again attracting more than 500,000 visitors over the course of 3 years. In 2022, the bauma was 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. Preparing schools and organizing the event is the IfT.

More than 300 years ago the scholar Johann Gottfried Gregorii, called Melissantes, said: "Everybody should explore his own inclination, suitability and efficiency, compare them with the professions in order to find the suitable one among them. A concept that is still highly topical today. The IfT Institute for Talent Development annually sponsors the Melissantum School Award which honors exemplary new and proven career orientation concepts in schools. The Board of Trustees for School-Business Policy decides on the awarding of the prize.

Once a year, all schools that implement an outstanding concept for career and study orientation have a chance of winning the prize.








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