This is exactly what our School aims for through coordinated actions such as:
- Experiential exercises of self-knowledge, professional values, targeting and decision-making.
- Automated professional orientation tests.
- Continuous information on the educational system, universities – departments, correct completion of the computerized record for admission at the university and the latest developments in the labor market.
- Anxiety and time management seminars by the school psychologist.
- Contact with important people from the fields of science, arts and business.
- Implementation of a 3-day professional experience program designed by our school for our students where during holidays (Christmas, Easter, Summer) if they wish, they can attend and work for 3 days in a profession of their preference in the local and not only businesses and organizations.
“The secret of success in life is to be ready”
Benjamin Duraeelli (1804-1881), English Prime Minister
The future can not be predicted, but we can prepare it! How? By creating our own personal plan.
But how will the young person build his own personal plan?
The preparation of each young person must begin with his self!
That is, to ask the following questions:
- What are the characteristics of my personality?
- My strengths and weaknesses?
- What are my values?
- What do I expect from myself in the future?
The school helps children answer all these questions through automated personality tests, experiential exercises and role-playing, meetings with a psychologist, and personal meetings with the school career counselor.
Thus, the young person enters the process of “self-confrontation” with his own self and finds the roles that fit him in the working environment and society in general.
The second step in the process of building one’s personal plan is to inform the young person about the studies and professions as much as possible. Our school achieves this by:
- Collection of reliable information about the educational system and its choices (eg: directions-scientific fields and optimal combinations).
- Getting acquainted with the faculties and departments as well as the alternatives and the professional rights they offer.
- Interviews – video conferences with professionals, as well as visits to a variety of work environments.
- Acquiring professional experience (for example, the three-day work experience program for Christmas and Easter holidays that successfully implements our school and has gained children’s wide acceptance.)
- Automated professional orientation test.
All of the above are offered by Bougas Schools knowing the importance they have for our students. They are important tools to help them make informed decisions, shape the appropriate strategy for achieving them, fill their admission form for the universities, complete their studies, and make appropriate professional choices.
However, we must not forget that beyond the formal qualifications (degree, foreign languages, computer), there are some essential skills without which we will not be able to stand out amongst other graduates. According to the World Economic Forum, held in January 2016 in Davos, Switzerland, the most important skills are:
- Problem solving
- Critical Thinking
- Personnel Management
- Coordination skills
- Emotional Intelligence
- Crisis and decision-making capacity
- Service specialization
- Negotiating skills
- Perceptive flexibility
What needs to be emphasized here is that the above-mentioned skills, nowadays requirements, are not congenital but taught and acquired to help improve the person’s position in his personal, professional and social life.
At Bougas Schools we have realized that not only School Professional Orientation but the whole structure of our educational system and the basic care of each teacher, regardless of specialty, is the cultivation of the above skills in an indirect or direct way. Participation in educational programs and entrepreneurship programs, participation in international and global competitions and Olympiads, various research papers, rhetorical art group, philology group, theatrical group, speeches by distinguished people, seminars on topics such as “Management of anxiety and time” by a psychologist is proof of our persistence in the above goal.
Finally, let’s not forget that “The mind is not a pot that has to be filled but a fire that must be lit” Ploutarxos
Students of the 1st and 2nd grades of the Lyceum of Bougas Schools participated in the program “Acquisition of professional experience”.
This program is organized and implemented by our School during the last six years (on Easter or Summer Holidays) within the framework of School Vocational Guidance and is of great interest to both students and collaborators according to the feedback we receive each year and encourages us to continue.
Through this process, our students can experience the nature and requirements of the job they like, the working conditions, the social and technical skills they need, the alternatives, the developments in the industry in the most experiential and interactive way.
We are very grateful to all the industries who have cooperated with us.
Specifically, the Karelia Tobacco Industry, Mrs. Mary Tsoulakos – Archaeologist at the Archaeological Museum of Kalamata, Mr. Georgios Bougas – Civil Engineer, Mrs. Stavroula Zervas – Psychologist, Mrs. Klairi Michalopoulou – Attorney-at-law.
About the program, our students wrote:
This experience helped me realize how the profession of Architect is practiced. I also saw how the various specialties work together to get a project done.
This experience confirmed the reasons why I love the profession of Architect. Andrianou Thalia
Eventually Archeology is much more interesting than I expected. It is divided into many fields and every one is just as admirable. In the summer, I will attend the excavations!
Through two very constructive papers, commissioned by Mrs. Tsoulakos, archaeologist at the Archaeological Museum of Kalamata, we have learned in an interactive way the functioning of a museum and the profession of Archaeologist.
After this experience I feel closer to the profession I want to follow, which is psychology, as many questions have been solved. Katerina Rekleiti
The meeting and conversation with my psychologist diminished my concerns about whether this profession continues to meet my expectations.
I felt very nice. The environment was very friendly and the children in the kindergarten were very happy to have another “miss” … that was me!
The organization of a factory, such as the Karelia Tobacco Industry, and the way the production lines work were an unprecedented experience for me. I was given a great deal of information and answers to the various questions I had for the profession of Mechanical Engineer.
We have been able to look at several of the departments of Finance such as Accounting, Personnel Management, Logistics, Public Relations and Marketing, and we have better understood what a graduate of an economic school can do. The whole experience and coordination of this project by the Karelia business was excellent.
Borbila Maria, Diamantopoulos Thanos, Kakalertis Sotiris, Bougas Yannis
Since my meeting with the lawyer I have gained a lot of new knowledge and stimuli that helped me reflect on this profession. This experience will be unforgettable. I was guided by Mrs. Michalopoulou in the courtroom and I look forward to summer when I will attend a trial!
3 sites to open your horizons…
and 47 videos with a profession…
1st Scientific Field
- a. Special Education: http://gr.paideia-ergasia.gr/pavlidis/
b. Special Education – Autism: www.autismhellas.gr/el/VideoGallery.aspx
- Theatrical studies: http://vimeo.com/24556178
- Criminologist: www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0tS0VHvrpw
- Musical Studies: youtube.com/watch?v=T3cWc4FXeg
- Legal Studies – Lawyer: http://gr.paideia-ergasia.gr/argiriadis/
- Cultural Technology at Aegean Univeristy: youtube.com/watch?v=zU83o3d0qRw
- Sound and Image: youtube.com/watch?v=QmCeyo1kVqo
- Computational linguistics: youtube.com/watch?v=gk73rpkj8PU
- Social Worker: youtube.com/watch?v=tkWNN3zrI1W
2nd Scientific Field
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4th Scientific Field
5th Scientific Field
It is widely known that young people are confronted with a constantly changing working environment (internal and external).
Our aim is for rapid developments and constant challenges to become quickly perceived in order to become a significant added value for all.
Competitiveness and innovation are today’s challenges for economic and social development. Concepts such as sustainable development, fair trade, social economy, e-business, etc., are adopted by societies worldwide.
But how fast does the actual integration of the above concepts into Greek reality actually happen? Are we not flexible enough?
Flexibility is now considered a necessary asset for every student, every employee, each productive-economic unit, so that any change will become a new challenge, a new comparative advantage.
By saying flexibility we mean:
- The ability to perceive developments and always be in front of them. That is, to keep an eye on the developments and possibly to embrace the new challenges, after critical and analytical thinking.
- To create a professional identity capable of changing at all times according to the needs of the market, without altering personal characteristics and professional values.
- To be able to move from one working environment to another, without stagnation, whereas adding value to what we call human capital.
What is the role of a school (at all levels of education) in the above? How can this interaction between the socio-economic environment and each individual become dynamic and beneficial?
The School has to contribute to the cognitive and emotional development of young people. It must be open to society, perceive developments and adapt, if necessary, to them.
The educational process should aim to transform the child from a receiver into a transmitter and manager of the acquired knowledge. Flexibility is not only a gift, it can be taught. It is taught at all levels of education, oriented towards the student’s broader general education and deeper knowledge and understanding of things. It is taught by promoting student’s self-effort, teamwork, expressing one’s views in various ways. Thus, the student’s self-esteem is strengthened and his unique inclinations are cultivated.
We have to help young people be happy with themselves and proud of their efforts, to have dreams and pursue them, to have ideals and fight for them, to envision the changes and implement them.
Teacher of SEP