Gaining self-confidence through an apprenticeship
With a mischievous smile on his face, Gene answers the questions of the young visitors to the stand. He appears relaxed and in control, more worldly-wise than most of his contemporaries. “So far, not only have I benefited from in-depth vocational training, but I have also become more self-confident and outgoing. That helps me here at the stand, in my direct contact with clients, and in my private life, too,” says Gene, summing up the advantages of the training he has chosen to pursue.
The fact that he has been able to develop his personality in this way is one of the plus points he mentions as he talks to countless young people today. “And then of course there is the practical experience. In my view, if you take an apprenticeship you have a clear advantage over people who go to university when it comes to finding your feet in a work environment,” says Gene.
Gene breaks off from the conversation, as there is now another line of students waiting to get the results of their SwissSkills personality test. The psychological test shows them which of their personal strengths stand out the most and how these can be a factor in their choice of career. The individual results are handed out on the spot in the form of a personalized leaflet. The results can then be discussed with the students if they so wish. This test is not only a useful guide when choosing a career but is also recognized by careers advisors as a valuable tool for advising young people.