Over 1000 high school students are visiting companies in the Joblandia project

Aurel Constantin 19/05/2023 | 12:51

HR Club, the HR professionals association, offers new information about Joblandia Week. The project, that takes place between the months of March and July, supports high school teachers by giving them a practical alternative through which they can encourage their pupils to better understand their career opportunities. 

So far, Joblandia has facilitated access to multiple companies’ offices in the country for over 300 youngsters, offering new learning opportunities and a direct connection to working environments. Another 1000 highschoolers are scheduled to visit registered companies until the end of the school year.

A teacher at the Tudor Vianu Computer Science National College, who has visited companies alongside her students, says: “Highschoolers have the opportunity to see and experience what it’s like to work in different industries for a few hours. This allows them to discover their own interests, and, why not, get an idea of the type of job they aim to have even if it is something they haven’t considered before”.

30 Companies have registered and 60 highschools have scheduled their visits during this first edition of the Jobladia project. Most of the visits have already happened in Bucharest, Baia Mare, Oradea and Iasi. Teachers are still able to register on joblandia.ro to schedule their visits at companies’ offices until the end of the school year.

The companies on the platform come from industries such as: banking, mobility services, human resources, food, retail, the automotive, petrol and gas industry, insurance, professional services, appliances or beauty.

“This first edition of the Joblandia Week shows us how important it is for us to continue to create professional orientation opportunities for highschoolers. So far, teachers’ feedback has been excellent, and students are delighted to see what’s actually going on in a working environment. Moreover, with such a high faculty abandonment rate and with only 35% of youth working in the same field as their degree states, getting to know future employers starting high school becomes a great need. This is why we are happy to contribute with our resources, knowledge and with the right partners. For us, Joblandia is just getting started”, says Dana Cavaleru, Executive Director at HR Club.

Future objectives

Joblandia will continue in the 2023-2024 school year, aiming to offer even more opportunities to highschoolers. The project wants to reach more students over an extended period of time in which schools are able to schedule company visits, starting October 2023 and until April 2024. Moreover, HR Club is preparing the next pillar of the project: the Joblandia Experience, an initiative that offers practice opportunities and mentorship for university students.

“Encourage your kids to visit diverse companies, even if they’re not on your career opportunities shortlist. The projects of the future will be about integrating domains. It could be possible for a high school student, future economist, to get inspired by their visit to a tech company and then create an app that improves people’s financial health. Joblandia is about career options, about how to reach wellness in the future, but mostly, it is about exploring and openness. This is why we, at BCR, want to show the youngsters we get visited by how to be open towards community, how to invest and how to become financially independent”, says Andreea Voinea, HR Director BCR and HR Club President.

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