Project of giving the opportunity of career experience
June 30, 2014
Students (6 to 12 years old) of elementary schools in Nagoya and
To create positive change by allowing children who will play important roles in the future to know that jobs are the means not only for making a living but also for social contribution, so that children will be able to provide service to humanity through their jobs in the future. 1. We must not forget that jobs play an important role as means of social contribution in addition to the means of making a living. This means that citizens provide service to humanity through their jobs. 2. However, according to a survey by the government, only 5% of next-generation citizens answered "being helpful for many people" as a reason to work. 3. Therefore, it is important for next-generation citizens to understand what kinds of jobs provide service to humanity and how. 4. To have such understanding, it is important for next-generation citizens to experience actual jobs. According to a survey by a private toy manufacturer, many children answered that they would choose their future careers after seeing actual workers. 5. However, Japanese school education focuses on improvements in academic ability, and does not provide career experience opportunities to next-generation citizens. 6. It is necessary to provide opportunities to promote children’s recognition of the importance of service to humanity through career experience.
JCI Nagoya provided at least 4,400 elementary school children (6 to 12 years old) and their parents opportunities to experience the work of lawyers, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, emergency workers, architects, heavy machine operators, flower designers, manicurists, musicians, martial arts fighters and greengrocers.
・Children were able to learn what kinds of jobs provide service to humanity and how by experiencing at least one occupation. ・Children were able to learn the importance of providing service to humanity through jobs. ・64% of the children said that they found occupations in which they would like to work in the future. ・Career experience allowed next-generation citizens, of which only 5% had known the role of occupations to help many people, to understand an important aspect of social contribution through occupations. ・As a result, it brought positive change to next-generation citizens to choose their future careers based on how such careers provide service to humanity. ・A time limit should be set for each occupation to allow more children to experience different occupations. ・Career experience booths should be increased by attracting more sponsors.
・Each next-generation citizen experienced at least one occupation and learned skills necessary for the occupation.