Provide Career Counseling for At-Risk Teenagers

by Step for Bulgaria Foundation
Provide Career Counseling for At-Risk Teenagers
Provide Career Counseling for At-Risk Teenagers
Provide Career Counseling for At-Risk Teenagers
Provide Career Counseling for At-Risk Teenagers
Provide Career Counseling for At-Risk Teenagers
Provide Career Counseling for At-Risk Teenagers

Dear friends,

We are happy to share with you the news for this school year. With your help we managed to set an absolute record and conducted 50 career workshops for students from 8 high schools throughout Bulgaria: Sofia, Gorna Malina, Novi Iskar, Stara Zagora, Chernomorets, Pleven, Shumen, Zavet, Tutrakan


80 volunteers applied to be classroom inspirers. Among them are both individuals and business companies, which he told about his personal and professional path to the students. We are grateful to all the volunteers who took the time to prepare real business situations and cases to challenge the students and thus give them the opportunity to upgrade their knowledge and skills.

 

In addition to quantitative indicators, the most important for us are the qualitative ones: we managed to engage the young people we work with to be part of permanent groups and to participate in more and different career workshops. This had a positive effect on their motivation, on their results and on their satisfaction. The completed surveys show that all young people want to participate again and recommend our career workshops for other young people.

At the end of the school year we are preparing a special event for young people related to non-formal education and development of social skills. Twice as many young people signed up for this event. They share that everything we do is important and they would like to experience it.

This is amazing!.  Thanks for your support! 

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Dear friends,

we are happy to share with you that in the last four months we have launched our program of career workshops for this school year. The program involves 4 schools and over 90 young people. The program includes sessions and discussions focused on current workplace challenges for young people. We look at future professions and the skills they need to acquire. Through various informal games and professional tests, students explore their career interests, desires and skills. They discover their strengths, develop their communication skills, presentations, teamwork.

For these four months we managed to organize 17 career workshops. In 8 of them the students met and talked to volunteers who told about their personal and professional experience. Nine of the career workshops were conducted by our career guidance trainer.

During this school year, the young people we work with accepted the challenge to participate in the organization of the workshops - to attend preliminary meetings with volunteers, to communicate, to prepare presentations and to organize online classrooms themselves. They are happy that they manage to cut themselves for their future.

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In the last summer months we held analysis of the results achieved during the past school year, as well as the areas in which we need to look for new approaches to working with young people.

 

The indicators of success that we monitored during the past school year are a) the development of knowledge in students about the relationship between the level of education they have and opportunities to start a job, b) the attitude that career choice and successful career depends on their knowledge and skills, c) skills for working in a digital environment, d) knowledge of various professional options and knowledge of the requirements for starting a job.

 

59% of surveyed students give examples of the relationship between education and job opportunities. Unfortunately, their aspirations are for starting a job that requires low professional qualifications. Students prefer professions that are familiar to them and are performed in their close family environment.

70% of students indicate that the choice of career depends on themselves, their interests and desires. 66% answered that their professional success depends on the efforts they make and the education they receive. Qualitative analyzes, however, show that this statement is more based on the meetings and conversations we have with students. Many students can give two or three examples of exactly what effort they need to put in.

A large percentage of students still have difficulty working with digital applications. This is largely due to the lack of specialized classes focused on working in a digital environment, as well as the fact that they participate in career workshops via smartphones because they do not have computers.

 

As a result of the conducted analyzes, during this school year we will continue to work in the direction of building attitudes and knowledge of how education influences the future professional success. We will continue to meet at-risk teens with inspirational volunteers who work in a variety of professional fields, and of course we will include more experts related to the professions of the future.

The main focus continues to be the building of real skills through which students will be able to get involved more successfully in working life.

To this end, this school year we will launch a new project in which students themselves will initiate, plan, organize and conduct career workshops. we already have a ready plan for working with the first student who will organize his career workshop. We will soon write in detail about the success of this first project.

 

We thank all our donors and supporters, without whom these ideas and projects would not be a reality. Thank you and stay healthy!

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Students work on the design thinking method
Students work on the design thinking method

In 2 days the school year for the young people we work with in Bulgaria will end and we are happy to share our successes with you.

 

Although this school year was challenging, filled with worries and social isolation for students, thanks to each of you, thanks to the support of volunteers, teachers and school leaders Step for Bulgaria Foundation managed to organize and implement 73 workshops for professional information and motivation of students. young people from underprivileged communities. Most of these workshops were held in a remote online format.

 

The workshops were attended by over 120 students from 8-12 grades in 6 groups from different small towns and villages in Bulgaria. This year we managed to include students from the town of Targovishte, which is 320 km from our capital. Together with the dedicated work of teachers at school, we organized 7 online workshops, thanks to which the students' understanding of the importance of acquiring and developing digital skills deepened. Various volunteers took part in all 7 workshops.

 

A total of 28 volunteers from various companies and professional fields took part in all 73 career workshops. Each volunteer presented to the students his professional and personal path, told about the professional challenges he faces and the professional satisfaction he receives in his work.

Together with the volunteer, the students had the opportunity to immerse themselves in his profession by solving professional cases - processing an insurance policy, creating a work schedule, creating a calendar for Facebook ads, generating ideas for new tastes for chocolates, dealing with customer complaints, planning tourist trip, etc.

 

Over the past year, we have built long-term partnerships with a large international retail company, which has included its employees in the workshops and provided an opportunity for summer internships for students. An active supporter in the workshops was the Training Manager of the company, which conducted workshops in which he introduced the students to their labor rights as employees (employment contracts, leave, overtime, additional incentives). As part of the career counseling, the young people had the opportunity to prepare their CVs and receive guidelines for successfully submitting a job interview.

 

Next month we will collect and analyze the results achieved by working with students during this school year. The main indicators that we monitor are a) the development of knowledge in students about the relationship between the level of education they have and opportunities to start a job, b)  the attitude that career choice and successful career depends on their knowledge and skills, c) skills for working in a digital environment, d) knowledge of various professional options and knowledge of the requirements for starting a job.

 

Thank you very much for your support this school year. Our success in working with students is due to your constant support.



Students create a work schedule plan
Students create a work schedule plan
Students generate ideas on how to look for work
Students generate ideas on how to look for work
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Some of our volunteers
Some of our volunteers

Dear friend, 

 

During this school year we managed to include in the program two more groups of students from Targovishte. We currently work regularly with 6 groups of students who organize meetings with volunteers from different professions.

Thanks to online education we were able to organize twice as many meetings and introduce students to 18 volunteers, including - doctor, digital marketing specialist, lawyer, hairdresser, physiotherapist, online game artist, psychologist, animator, manufacturer of organic cosmetics, engineer, accountant , car mechanic, insurer.

Communicating with different role models gives students the opportunity to get more information about unfamiliar professions, to compare their interests and to think about what knowledge and skills they need if they want to dedicate themselves to a particular profession.

During this school year, our program aims to develop the digital skills of the students we work with. We set tasks with which they practice working with various applications and online programs. We involve students in challenges to work with shared documents.

The biggest goal we want to achieve, thanks to your support, is to develop in them the attitude that every challenge and change is an opportunity to learn new things.

 

 Thanks for your support



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Step for Bulgaria Foundation

Location: Sofia - Bulgaria
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Veselina Vurgova
Sofia, Sofia Bulgaria
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