Career Orientation Project: “future jobs [campus]”

Career orientation project “future jobs [campus]”

On 11 April, the career orientation project “future jobs [campus]” took place for the fifth time on the campus of the Villach Technology Park. Around 200 pupils from the 8th grade of the St. Martin Realgymnasium and classes from the Peraugymnasium (specialising in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology and computer science) took part in 45-minute workshops where they became more familiar with professions in the fields of technology, research and development as well as new technologies. The young people learned first-hand what kinds of training are necessary for finding a job in a high-tech company.

The event is organised by Vocational and Educational Orientation Carinthia [Berufs- und Bildungsorientierung Kärnten], which carries out this initiative on behalf of the Carinthia Public Employment Service [Arbeitsmarktservice Kärnten] and the State of Carinthia.

In the various workshops, the pupils gained an insight into regional career opportunities. Practical exercises were used to introduce the different activities of the respective occupational fields, career opportunities and training opportunities after the Austrian school leaving examination [Matura].

Practical exercises with the teenagers in the workshops:

  • Making glow sticks
  • Conducting experiments with ceramic powders
  • Visiting and experimenting in a clean room
  • Building an automatic table sweeper with microelectronics experts
  • Performing colorimetry
  • Getting to know an innovative Villach-based startup company and learning more about the future of e-mobility

Communication of perspectives

At “future jobs [campus]”, the teenagers are shown current requirements and opportunities for further development. Through the interactive meeting with companies from the region, these young people are better prepared for the world of work. The “future jobs” project aims on the one hand to raise awareness of technology- and research-focused career and training opportunities and, on the other hand, to inspire more women to pursue technical professions and corresponding fields of study.

Again this year, fifteen well-known companies from industry, research and medicine were present: build! Gründerzentrum [Startup Centre], KABEG LKH Villach, Carinthian Tech Research (CTR), comprei, Silicon Alps Cluster with the cooperating partner emc² – e-mobility centre carinthia, Imerys Technology Center Austria, Infineon, Intel Austria, ipac, KAI, prior IT, znt Richter – Zentren für neue Technologien [Centres for New Technologies] as well as the University of Klagenfurt, the IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems and the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences.

In the course of the workshop by e-mobility centre carinthia – a cooperating partner of Silicon Alps – entitled “eMobility – what’s it all about”, the topic of mobility in general and electromobility in particular was established with the pupils, as this is a central topic in our everyday lives. By asking specific questions about how we move about every day – whether by car or bicycle – what this means, and what eMobility actually is, the pupils had the chance to familiarise themselves with the topic and use concrete examples to understand how it differs from “normal mobility”. Concrete hands-on products – such as the crank-e Motorcycle – left a lasting impression on the young people.

The e-mobility centre carinthia – emc² advises on the acquisition, awareness and promotion of electric mobility. Due to the board members’ many years of experience in the development and production of electric drive systems for vehicles, they can offer know-how from development consultancy to conceptualisation.