One of our key tasks is to prepare our pupils for the future. This also means informing them about the perspectives and opportunities that are open to them for study and future careers. We consider it our duty to help pupils find their way to achieving a fulfilled professional life. Young people are very motivated by knowing what opportunities their school qualification offers them and having a clear goal in mind. We do our best to help our pupils identify their personal goal. Each and every one of them is offered optimal guidance so that they can make a well-informed decision about their studies or career that corresponds to their aspirations and abilities. The study and career coordinator supports pupils during this process and is familiar with their strengths and interests. He or she provides support and advice and can be consulted at any time about issues relating to life after school.
Alongside ongoing personal guidance during schooling, we also offer a special study and career guidance programme. Here, we enlist the professional help of German agencies that provides orientation and practical support with programmes designed specifically for young people. Services include study and career guidance workshops, where personal strengths are identified, study programmes and professions are presented and decision-making support is offered. One workshop offers pupils practical advice on interviews and how to present themselves. At an information evening, parents can also find out more about the current study and training environment and learn how to help their child enter the working world.
Alongside visits to career fairs in Germany, we also organise our own job forums at the school. All kinds of careers and study programmes are presented, including pharmacy, medicine, law, engineering, teacher training, journalism, marketing, natural sciences, space travel and the diplomatic service. University representatives from Germany and the Netherlands have the opportunity to introduce their study programmes. Parents and other contacts from the DISDH network are also invited to report about their professional practice and answer pupils' questions.
To allow our pupils to gain practical experience in the professional world, a one-week work placement is part of the curriculum in Grade 10. Pupils also learn how to prepare application documents, write a curriculum vitae and present themselves in an interview.