Scoala de Valori: The “Academy of Technical Careers” program has ended and 67% of the participating students want to attend a college
67% of high school students with a technological profile in the country, who completed the program of the Technical Careers Academy, organized with the support of PEPCO Romania, plan to attend a college and invest in their academic development after high school.
The ACT by PEPCO project, supported by the non-governmental organization School of Values, ended earlier this month, and 75% of participants said they had received the support they needed for career guidance.
The Academy of Technical Careers (ACT) is a project born under the auspices of the Career Laboratory, a career guidance initiative started by the educational association School of Values. ACT by PEPCO, a program organized with the support of PEPCO Romania, was addressed to students from technological high schools in Romania, more precisely to young people eager to explore their potential and discover what a career in technical or other related fields might look like. The students from the technological high schools in the country had the opportunity, during the six months of the program (January – July a.c.), to discover their potential and to be guided to a career in the technical field.
The results of the program The ACT by PEPCO program counted 70 participants, who attended personal development courses and had at their disposal the necessary tools to help them clarify their professional path, after graduating from high school. At the end of the project, 80% of the participating students stated that the program lived up to their expectations. At the same time, half of the participants perceived this experience, giving them a lot of motivation, energy, but also the perspective of plans for the future.
75% of students said they received the expected support in creating future plans. Among the most important projections for the future, young people mentioned the investment of time and energy in their academic and professional development, as follows: college admission (67%), post-secondary courses and / or specialization courses (9%), finding a satisfactory job (20%) as well as running a personal business (6%).
Moreover, the young people confessed that they developed their collaboration skills and teamwork, but also their knowledge in the financial field, communication and leadership skills.
“This project helped me to better control my emotions, to have confidence in myself, to be more attentive to the people around me and to choose a good job, which I like and represent”, states Daniela Ionela Gheorghe , student participating in the ACT by PEPCO project.
During the six months of activity, the program of the Academy of Technical Careers included 11 workshops designed for students – in which young people developed their skills of presentation, decision making, career counseling and other workshops. designed to show their potential and prepare them for the future – 3 Living Library workshops, where students talked to PEPCO professionals in various fields, but also a virtual visit to one of the PEPCO stores, where students understood how to manages such a business, what responsibilities exist in the departments of a chain of stores and how the recruitment department works.