On 31 March 2019, as part of European ALL DIGITAL Week, the Kaliningrad IT for Youth center coordinator conducted an ICT Career Guidance Training for hearing impaired children.
The training targeted students 14 – 16 years old and aimed to encourage youngsters to learn more about information technology and take up a career in ICT sphere.
Together with the IT for Youth center trainer and their sign language interpreter, students discussed a lot of useful and interesting things about ICT-related jobs. At the beginning of the event, the trainer told them about a great variety of technology-based jobs. Then, the participants identified important factors to consider when choosing a career path, like personal interests and working conditions. Some students added salary as a significant factor, others talked about career opportunities and availability of jobs. The next part of the training was reviewing the situation with ICT job opportunities in Russia. The participants learned some statistics data, looked at the job-hunting websites and saw quite a few options to choose from.
“It’s been a very important training for me”, a 16 year old student shared his opinion about the event, “It has pushed me to the Information Technology. I’ve never thought about the job opportunities in IT sphere, and I see now there are a great number of IT jobs that don’t rely on the need to hear”.
“For people with disabilities, it is especially important to find their place to lead successful lives. I am very much interested in Information Technology. I’m sure my future profession in the IT sphere will allow me to make an interesting career and find my own niche in life”, another participant said.
To wrap up the training on a positive note and increase her students’ motivation, the trainer gave them quite a lot of examples of technology based jobs with their benefits for hearing impaired people.
The students’ feedback showed that they were really satisfied with the training. They also stated that they would share and exchange their knowledge with other students from their boarding school and their friends.
“The students have set their goals to focus on. It means that the goal of the seminar has been achieved”, the trainer said.