Rheinberg For 135 pupils of the 11th grade there was a two-day study and vocational orientation at the Rheinberger Amplonius-Gymnasium.
Soon the Abi in the bag and then what? At best, students have a plan in hand before the final exam as to how to proceed after school. “No diploma without link” (KaoA), a national initiative for vocational and educational guidance in schools, helps to develop this.
In this context, 135 students from Q1 (former 11th year) of the Amplonius-Gymnasium learned about the theme “Study in the neighborhood”. “Some of the young people are not yet 18 when they graduate from high school,” says Thorsten Braun, who coordinates studies and vocational guidance at the Rheinberger Gymnasium. Studying in the region or in the neighboring Netherlands is an option without having to give up your familiar surroundings.
The first of the two days of the project was devoted to orientation and online research: Which courses are right for me? Which universities offer them? What (access) conditions must be met? And last but not least: are there alternatives with an apprenticeship or a work-study program that are also possible? Because unlike school, university requires a high degree of personal responsibility and initiative. “Nothing is taken away from the students, they have to organize everything themselves”, explains Thorsten Braun. This also includes financing your studies. This point, with its various options ranging from part-time work to student loans and scholarships, was also discussed, Braun says.
On the second day of the project, the focus was on studies: colleges and universities such as the Rhein-Waal University of Applied Sciences, the University of Duisburg-Essen, the Technical University of Dortmund, the University from the Ruhr to Bochum, the Heinrich Heine University The University of Düsseldorf and the RWTH University of Aachen presented themselves online -Conference with their courses. “Classical subjects such as medicine, law or education were included,” reports Braun. With the Hochschule für Gesundheit (Bochum), a young university was also represented, which was able to arouse the interest of young people in still little known subjects.
In addition, former Amplonians shared their experiences of studying abroad. “A former student described her everyday student life in Nijmegen, a former student from Oxford in England was on the hook,” says Braun, pleased with the broad perspective on opportunities and possibilities to “study in the neighborhood” .