Career choice is considerably important in terms of socio-economic lives of the individuals. The truth or falsity of the decisions taken in a career choice has a major impact in terms of personal and social life. However, career choice, an important decision, is made in the early periods of individuals’ lives. In this period, individuals take decisions under the pressure of factors such as gender discrimination, family pressures, lack of information, not being aware of their capabilities. In the period after the determination some contrition and negation occur related to the choice. Thus, individuals who have not been satisfied with the chosen field in vocational education quit their education and intend to get harmful habits and violence. Our project focuses on how the vocational school students choose their fields and how satisfied they are with their choice, what factors influence the choice of the students who have not been satisfied with it and what kind of rehabilitation studies can be done for them. As a result, for the European-wide dissemination of the results a website will be created and a booklet will be prepared.
A career is a set of activities that is obtained as a result of certain education and its rules are determined by society to produce useful products or service in return for certain income.
The career is important to survive, to satisfy the individuals’ basic needs and it is also a means of ensuring satisfaction for social status. Therefore, the right career choice is one of the most important decisions of human life. Because, the decisions on an individual's career choice are the most important phenomenon to determine an individual’s and his/her close circle's lifestyle. The truth or falsity of decisions on choosing the right career will determine an individual's life progress toward happiness or unhappiness. On the other hand considering that decisions on career choice are taken in the early period of individual’s life, this issue appears to be more important. During the stage of such an important decision, most of the time hearsay information, emulation, family pressure, gender discrimination, and other environmental disadvantages are effective. The result of this situation becomes a 'wrong career, wrong person'. As a result, because of the increasing number of individuals who have not been satisfied with the jobs in the society, many negative situations are confronted in a wide range from the country's general economic interests to social happiness.
As mentioned above, our project will be held for the 14-18 year old Vocational School students who have chosen their field but not been satisfied with them. The students in this age group are influenced by the factors such as gender discrimination, family pressure, not having enough information about careers, not being aware of their own interests and desires in the stage of identification of vocational field. Therefore, in the next terms students are experiencing regrets, disadvantages, instabilities about their field. These students cannot adopt their vocational fields and are experiencing some serious problems such as decrease in school achievements, the loss of interest at school, formation of violence, terminating the educational life, development of a negative reaction against the family. In the social life, because of the raise of the students experiencing the problems mentioned before, some sociological problems are emerging such as personal and social misery, loss of work force, increasing the number of individuals who are unskilled and unable to perform themselves. In this respect in project partner institutions, it is the fundamental goal of our work to determine the ratio of the students who have chosen vocational fields but not been satisfied with them, to identify what factors the students are influenced by at the choice stage, what can be done as guidance for these students. On the other hand in accordance with good results to be achieved as a result of the project, it is aimed to continue the cooperation with project partners, and thus to have a work in accordance with the transformation of innovation.
Another fundamental reason for the project is the exchange of experience and the development of the intercultural dialogue through the cooperation.
THE BASIC AND CONCRETE OBJECTIVES
To make a product-oriented cooperation and a study with European Countries
To make a European-wide studies about vocational guidance and to form a basis for future cooperation
To analyse the current vocational guidance practices in different European countries
As a result of the analysis, to determine the good practices and to ensure the implementation of them in institutions
To determine the level of the students’ readiness about the vocational field choice
To create an active cooperation atmosphere between teachers and students
To determine which factors influence the students vocational field choices and try to eliminate the negative ones
To motivate teachers and students in foreign language learning, different cultures and the intercultural cooperation
To determine the satisfaction rate of the students who have chosen vocational field
To identify the future expectations of the students who have not been satisfied with their field
THE ISSUES AIMED TO BE SOLVED
Determining the factors that influence the students at the vocational field choice and to find solutions for the negative ones
Providing the students make conscious choice and with informational studies
Manifestation of the individual and social results of the right or wrong choice
Reducing the number of students who quit the vocational education
Improving the proficiency and the quality of guidance activities
Revealing the necessity of the principle of "The right person, the right career"
Revealing the relationship between quality of life and career
THE METHODS TO ACHIEVE THE TARGETS
The vocational guidance practices of participating countries will be analysed
The scientific literature will be browsed and statistical data will be investigated
Student identification tests and the questionnaires to determine the factors that influence the career choice will be conducted
Vocational satisfaction questionnaire will be conducted towards the students who have chosen career
Field work will be done to introduce the good and bad practices in the career choice
The route will be determined to solve the problems by obtained findings
Workshop will be done with mentors and advisors (Brainstorming)
Conferences towards parents and students will be organized
International study visits will be held about agenda
A web site will be created for introduction and dissemination of the project
A booklet will be prepared to enhance the results of the project