City of Occupations to help Astana children choose professions

ASTANA – In cooperation with Community International magazine, the capital administration will implement City of Occupations, a large-scale career project. The publication has been successfully executing the concept in Ukraine for four years and the programme will be controlled by the capital mayor.

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Photo credit: bebinka.ru

“I really wanted that everyone who chooses his or her own way could do so since childhood with understanding and fanaticism. Because when a person does what he or she likes, I am sure that he or she does it very well. The main goal is to have more such people. Thanks to such projects, I think the quality of life will be much higher,” said project manager Tatyana Lyulka, according to astana.gov.kz.

Last year, the project involved 326,675 Ukrainian children in 25 cities. Parents pay for their child to visit the special town, where he or she can test various vocations. The local City of Occupations will be a social rather than commercial undertaking; a commercial analogue can be found in Dubai.

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Photo credit: toursdekiev.com.ua

The project has three main goals. Vocational guidance will give children an opportunity to choose their specialty, followed by teaching them the importance of labour and the value of the money earned. The final objective is related to statistics, which indicate most people today do not work in their profession, a trend seen throughout the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

The interactive town will begin operation 11 a.m., Aug. 19, in Arai Park. At the entrance, each child will receive a passport specifying his or her profession, then he or she will be able to get a job and test the adult role. The children will pass a workshop and their mentors will be professionals from different fields.

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More than 100 occupations will be represented, including rescuer, firefighter, dog breeder, doctor, teacher, criminalist, agronomist, builder, hairdresser and banker.

Each child will have three-four hours to test his or her abilities in a wide range of activities. Organisers note the project is an excellent opportunity for parents to discover fields where their children have a predisposition. The identified abilities will help to develop existing interests, which in the future may aid in making the right career choice.

The diligent employees will receive a salary, which can be spent on goods and sweets in the souvenir shop. Children must try 15-20 occupations to make a purchase.