The International World Day for the Skills Acquisition of Young People will be held on 15 July 2018. Gender stereotypes should not play a role in the planning of young people's own careers. They restrict career opportunities and prevent young people from realising their potential and making decisions based on their individual strengths and interests alone.
Girls still often choose "typically female" professions and boys still choose "typically male" professions. Almost three-fourths of young women and over half of young men concentrate on just 20 dual vocational trainings. When it comes to study subjects, men and women only share the 10 most popular subjects. It is important that young people, regardless of gender, obtain detailed information on a wide range of professions and sectors. Free of clichés and gender stereotypes!
The professional designation for both sexes is a major and important step on the way to a cliché-free career choice in Germany. Therefore, it’s important to find both the female and male spelling of job titles in job advertisments for example: Erzieher/in (educator), Mechatroniker/in (mechatronic technician) or Arzt/Ärztin (medical doctor). The job title has a great influence on the choice of profession and is intended to reduce barriers for both genders through the spelling.
In order to secure skilled professionals, we wish for a free career choice for all.
Further information on stereotype-free career choice can be found on the website of the National Cooperation on Gender Cliché-free Career and Study Choice www.klischee-frei.de. We would also be happy to advise you personally in our FrankfurtRheinMain International Office.