Currently studying at Durham University in the UK, Anita Braga wants to prepare youth in her home country, Italy, for the global job market by incorporating job training programs into the school curriculum. Having lived in Berlin as an exchange student for four months, Braga seeks to use her experience with both the Italian and German education systems to help prepare youth for the competitive job market in Italy. Braga is the editor of the Durham Society for Economic Pluralism’s Magazine ‘The Pluralist’.
“Being a student, who has had the opportunity to compare strengths and weaknesses of the Italian and German high school systems, I see that Italian students of my age are at great disadvantage in terms of awareness of how the job market works. This not only affects our ability to look for a job, but also, particularly for students willing to pursue their studies further, it limits the knowledge of what could be most interesting to do. I believe that Italian students would have many more opportunities to participate in the job market, if their training at school could be combined with concrete job experiences, through business companies/non-profit organizations/public administrations.”
Anita Braga’s project was inspired by her experiences in both Italian and German schools. Her report covers her research into an alternative school system for Italy, with its high unemployment rate, and makes recommendations for improvements based on the German model. She interviewed many students for her project and provides some useful results.