Is our university education still contemporary?
Yesterday I talked at an event with one Professor a Hamburg university, where it is responsible for training in media studies. And he told me about a serious problem: that one did not know how to train the young people properly, because one had no idea what would be needed on the labor market tomorrow.
At the moment, the media people were learning how to program apps, because that is currently the racer among the publishers. In two years, however, my conversation partner was sure, something quite different would be needed again. But what?
The training lags behind
A man in need - and indicative of our German education system. Even though modern technology can change the requirements of the training market more rapidly than the universities can train (in this case, a training course takes 3 years):
It is still pretty deep in the minds that only clever vocational training in subject X enables them to exercise this profession X as well. And with the Professorbut unfortunately also with the young people, who constrict themselves so unnecessarily. The topic I have already dealt with here.
Skilled labor shortage - but not a fairytale?
And that is not only true for the journalists, since the access is still relatively open, but above all for technical professions. No wonder that like "help, shortage of skilled workers" is called: If Company looking for practically already trained professionals to whom they have nothing more to teach, then the choice is actually quite limited.
It has long been an open secret that one usually learns his skills best in the job: Learning at Doing. But this wisdom does not seem to taste to many:
- The companies do not, because you have to teach the people something and lose time.
- Not to the universities, because who would study the carefully designed courses of studies, if it came out that they are comparatively worthless in the labor market?
- And not for the students either, because they get it drummed in a regular way in some subjects and they have to repeat themselves over and over again, that they study the right one, which helps to secure a job - otherwise the uncertainty would simply be too great.
Lifelong learning - but how?
Self-responsibility looks different. This is exactly what the goal of an education should be: that one can develop later on independently (the cited but often hollow-phased lifelong learning) and can flexibly face new challenges.
But it would also require a labor market that rewards such skills and enthusiasm, no employers who are looking for a specialist in the labor market, which they really have to develop themselves. And let the generalist lie on the left, instead of giving them opportunities.
And finally, training must also be interactive, spontaneous, weaving Web 2.0iger. Permanent communication eg with companies instead of fixed, rigid curriculum corsets. Something like this is almost impossible to achieve with today's education system:
Perhaps we simply need to think radically new, away from institutions and curricula, to more interactivity?
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