Vocational information as a carrier planning factor of children’s homes pupils

Irena Žemaitaitytė, Loreta Jankauskienė

Abstract


Children who live in children‘s homes often suffer from psychological and social problems as well as poor living conditions. As a result, evidence suggests that this can badly affect their social life and integration into a wider social network when they leave the children’s home. A choice of right profession can help these children to integrate not only into the job market but also into the society. The necessary information provided at the right time will help to guarantee that decisions made by children will be the most suitable for themselves. The aim of this work is to find out about the possibilities of informing young people from children’s homes about employment prospects. The survey was carried out in the Alytus Children’s Home using the method of individual half-structured interview. Eight young people aged between 15 and 18 and 2 childcare workers participated in the survey. The survey reveals that young people do not tend to value the information which could help them to find out about their future job requirements and career prospects. The results also suggest that children‘s homes are not able to use all available services for informing young people about employment prospects because of the lack of human resources. There is clear evidence that the children‘s home needs a person or a group of people who could initiate a system of informing young people about professions and continue it when children leave the children‘s home.

Keywords


children living in children‘s homes; vocational information; career planning

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"Social Work" ISSN online 2029-2775 / ISSN print 1648-4789