Rant to the Future of Vocational Education: Thinking Education Radically Re-Think?



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Is our university education still up-to-date? Or does it have to be completely rethought? And what does that have with the Skills shortage to do? A polemic!

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Is our university education still contemporary?

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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.

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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

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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?

Overview

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.

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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?

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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.

Training 2.0?

Overview

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:

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Perhaps we simply need to think radically new, away from institutions and curricula, to more interactivity?

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  2. YOUNECT GmbH

    Self-responsibility looks different. But that is exactly the goal of an education. Open secret,…

  3. YOUNECT GmbH

    that one usually learns his skills best in the job: learning in doing. This wisdom does not taste good to many

  4. Thilo tree

    @Zorem:

    > I have often asked Thilo Baum, the GSA and other trainers to start a school

    When and where did you do that?

  5. Thilo tree

    Unconditional support for Ms. Janson. Both schools and colleges are passing young people past reality - with exceptions, of course, for example, some engineering courses. I'm sure the theory and the incompetent practitioners are definitely on the construction side. When it comes to photovoltaics, energy efficiency, building marketing, certainly. But that's only one of many dimensions.

    Instead of staying with debates about the form (Abi in 12 or 13 years?), We should rather talk about content: What do we actually learn, what is really necessary? Against this background, we urgently need to ask the stubborn attitude that theory is per se and in principle good.

    In this context, a reading tip: "The World Week", current issue (46 / 2011), page 67. There, the political scientist Michael Hermann writes a replica on two scientists who have tried to disassemble him in the previous issue.

    Mr. Hermann writes about the disaster of the science company:

    "Of course, one takes the public funds, but does not endeavor to return the results of the research to the public (...) What is good and right for the natural sciences often leads to self-referential, detached and self-reliant ones in the social sciences self-rotating research activities. If academic political science does not like my work, then there is only one way to counter something: that is what the ProfessorHowever, they venture out of the ivory tower and strive for a language that can be understood even outside the professional circles. "

    Against this background, we should indeed rethink the entire education system.

    • Wilhelm Zorem

      Journalists are career advisors, doctors are motivators or PR managers opportunity checkers. Schools and universities have thus far been closed to this group of practitioners, and thus also the coffers of the state education system. The question of Thilo Baum, according to the necessary knowledge, can only be answered dogmatically from my knowledge. What is required in the curriculum is necessary. The goal of the practitioners seems clear. Pure with the practical knowledge in the curricula and thus in the schools and universities. Thilo Baum, the GSA and other trainers, have often asked me to start a school, but train the trainer institutes, the industry for the industry, have often been the only source of funding for speakers. I am skeptical as to whether consultants and trainers without educational, psychological or sociological university education find meaningful solutions for our education system. In my world, more freelancers with universal competence are unnecessary. I am looking forward to well-educated people who solve the current problems of society in interdisciplinary teams.

  6. master solution

    lifelong #Learning - #Education #2.0

  7. Lars Hahn

    RT @LVQ_Education: Fachfräftemgel 2.0: One is never finished. Beautiful insights at @SimoneJanson #Karriere

  8. Oliver Springer

    What the future brings is hard to say. But if you look back from today, the media world has changed a lot. But only in part.

    Sure, some concrete skills that will be needed in the future, you have to acquire only when the need for it is there. This goes to those who are already working in the media, but also not otherwise.

    However, I agree that we need major changes in the education system. To a certain extent, you can continue as a professional in your spare time, but that has limitations. Here, which create the prerequisites I think is more difficult than financing issues.

  9. Patrick Breitenbach

    "Education radically rethink?" - an interesting contribution from @SimoneJanson

  10. Simone Janson

    @nadia_z @ breitenbach Since I have just yesterday what to write #bildung is not # education

  11. Simone Janson

    Hello Zorem,
    that is nice that you have this attitude and I also find that that should be so. One can see, however, how much pressure is exerted at the universities to push people into prefabricated training schemes. Pretty sad the whole!

  12. Wilhelm Zorem

    What do you know for Professors? How is the man Professor become? Studying is about methods and basic knowledge. Without theory, there are incompetent practitioners.

  13. Quartera

    Or even "Lifelong Learning 2.0" RT @LVQ_Education: Expert deficit 2.0: Beautiful findings at @SimoneJanson

  14. LVQ Continuing Education

    Or "Lifelong Learning 2.0 - Skills shortage 2.0: Beautiful insights @SimoneJanson

  15. LVQ Continuing Education

    2.0: One is never finished. Beautiful insights at @SimoneJanson #Career #Recruiting

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