Is our university education still contemporary?
The world and with it new technologies are changing faster and faster, and traditional professions such as bankers or even medical professionals are likely to die out soon - if you do Gunther Dueck follows - even if you can't quite imagine it yet.
And the technology is developing faster than the apprenticeships follow, see shortage of skilled workers in IT. Self Professors in relevant courses are now desperately asking what to teach their students. Therefore, some flexibility and permeability in professions would make sense.
What such Professorto teach their students?
Some time ago I talked to one at an event 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.
The prospective media people are currently learning to program apps because that is currently the big hit with publishers. In the near future, however, my interlocutor was certain that something completely different would be asked for again. And he should be right.
The training is lagging behind: The digital change needs new professions faster
But that is just one example that can also be applied to many other areas: Today, training content becomes outdated too quickly. This was accordingly Professor a man in need - and indicative of our German training system. Because even if modern technology changes the requirements on the training market more rapidly than universities can provide training (in this case a training course lasts 3 years):
Apparently it is still quite deep in the mind that only a clever vocational training in subject X enables one to practice precisely this profession X. 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 has long been true not only for journalists, since access is still comparatively open, but above all for technical professions. No wonder that “help, shortage of skilled workers” is often 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.
Get serious about lifelong learning
I find a statement from recruiting expert Henrik Zaborowski on the subject of lifelong exciting:
The whole babble of “lifelong learning”, which was never really serious, has to come true now. Simply because in the future there will be occupations / activities that hardly anyone can do today. If I could study on the job, I could change my focus every 5 years if I wanted to and I had what it takes. And so find out what I really can and want.
Is everything still the same?
Joachim Diercks, CEO of the HR service provider Cyquest, does not believe that the career choice and training system will fundamentally change either:
We have a systemic education system, at least in the dual vocational training, which has proven to be a model of success (at least for the economy, for the individual there is room for improvement ...) and secondly, has burned deep into the collective cultural consciousness.
What does the future of training look like?
And both are somehow right: I also think that this attitude of “training for a lifetime” is a little out of date and can only make you unhappy, because your own wishes and needs are constantly changing. And finally, training must also become more interactive and spontaneous.
What does the dream training of the future look like? We need permanent communication, for example with companies, instead of fixed, rigid curriculum corsets. Something like that is almost impossible to achieve with today's education system: Maybe we just have to radically rethink training, away from institutions and curricula, towards more interactivity?
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