Recognizing Talents and Interests
Young people often do not know their abilities and have difficulties to recognize their interests and skills as talents. The regions offer various initiatives to help them with this.
The region of Vorarlberg (A) organizes two orientation tools for young people: the "Talent Check" and the "Future Check". Both serve to reflect and identify interests and abilities. In addition, the young people are supported in planning their future steps.
The region of St. Pölten/Lower Austria/Vienna (A) offers the "TalenteCheck Berufsbildung" and the "NÖ TalenteCheck" as orientation tools for young people.
The region of Valais (CH) offers the "EDHEA Internship Day", a day that young people spend together with apprentices in the lessons of the vocational school. This enables them to get to know their own talents by means of practical exercises. This offer is specifically aimed at those interested in training as graphic designers.
In the region of Rosenheim/Bavaria (D), the "MINTfit" initiative helps young people assess their level of knowledge in the subjects of mathematics and physics using online tests.
The Munich Chamber of Crafts (D) helps young people to discover their talents by organizing the "School Workshop". An initiative that consists of a potential analysis and a practical part. On "Girls day" young girls can get a taste of professions through practical exercises and thus discover their own talents, too.
In the region of South Tyrol (I), the South Tyrolean regional administration offers the “training, study and career guidance” with the aim of guiding young people into the right career path based on their skills and interests. The offer of a "potential analysis" is also to mention here.
The region of Trento (I) tries to help young people through orientation initiatives for young people, such as "group initiatives" and "Job Counselling" to show young people their interests. Also "Talent Checkups" with the website "Sorprendo" offers information about 450 occupational branches, which young people can match with their own interests and skills.
"MINTfit" online tests for mathematics and physics
The "MINTfit" online tests offered by Rosenheim University of Applied Sciences are free and helpful applications for prospective students to assess their level of knowledge in school mathematics and physics. Participants receive their evaluation online after completing the tests.
Group orientation activities are carried out mainly in training structures, such as schools or training institutions, or collaboration with training structures, to support more young people, generally students, in educational and professional orientation processes, through the activity of one or
The activity is carried out mainly with students from middle school onwards, with differences in approach. In middle school, the emphasis is still above all on the Self, while in the next cycle, it shifts to life projects and choices.
The checkup of talents is a practice that has spread in Italy from the 2000s onwards, also thanks to the improvement of technologies to support individual assessment for educational and professional guidance.
The Chamber of Skilled Crafts for Munich and Upper Bavaria offers a two-day potential analysis with career counselling followed by 10 days of practice-oriented career guidance.
Girls day in the training centres of the Chamber of Skilled Crafts for Munich and Upper Bavaria
Every year on the 4th Thursday in April, the nationwide Girls Day takes place, which is all about informing young women about career opportunities in professions that are atypical for women.
NÖ TalenteCheck (previously NÖ Begabungskompass)
The government of Lower Austria and the Lower Austrian Chamber of Commerce offer the Lower Austrian Talent Check in close cooperation for schools in Lower Austria.
The TalenteCheck is carried out during school lessons and lasts about one hour. It aims at professional orientation of students and was extended in 2021/2021 due to the lockdown.
The workshop "Future Check" is aimed at students (15/16 years) of the Polytechnic School with special support needs in order to increase the chances for a direct transition from school to work.
The EDHEA organizes internships for young people who are interested in an apprenticeship as a Graphic Designer. During the day, together with the first- and second-year trainees, they can follow the practical sessions and get a first impression of the profession and the training
Training, study and career guidance by the South Tyrolean provincial administration
Training, study and career guidance is a free service offered by the South Tyrolean provincial administration.
Analysis of Potential of training, study and career guidance in South Tyrol
Counselling with potential analysis (PA) is a combination of various computer-based test procedures. The following topics are covered: School and professional interests, Aptitudes and abilities, Achievement motivation, Work behaviour, Attention and concentration.
Lehre? Respekt! – Schnupperlandkarte (map of training companies)
This map of training companies supports pupils, parents and teachers to find potential companies for “Professional Practical Days” in their regions.