Initiatives to help young people to orient themselves professionally

Initiatives to help young people to orient themselves professionally

Your child is in college or high school and is already wondering about his future career and his future job. To help it find its way, the association Banyan organizes a new day of meetings with companies.

A study conducted by the JNDJ * found that 83% of teachers believe that high school students are not sufficiently prepared for the world of work. It is with this in mind that the 4th edition of the National Youth Day will take place on 20th November, with the support of the Ministry of National Education. Its goal is to educate young people about the world of work and what to expect.


Discovering the world of work

23% is the unemployment rate among young people under 25 years old. To remedy this, the association Banyan (an organization that is interested in the professional future of young people) wants to push students to go on the ground, to discover the world of business. This initiative, which will take place everywhere in France on 20 November, is aimed at young people aged 14 to 20 (middle and high school students). All areas of activity will be represented. This day will take place at the same time as the Enterprise School week organized this year by the Ministry of National Education from 18 to 22 November. On the program, meetings with company employees and the discovery of professions still little known so that teens can expand their future prospects.


The teachers will also take part in this day of awareness that seems more than necessary. Indeed, young people are increasingly pessimistic about their future and regret the lack of intervention by the state. According to JNDJ figures, 49% of them feel they are not prepared enough for their future.


* National Youth Day

A milestone appointment for companies


Because choosing a job should not be taken lightly, companies also play the game. From the largest companies to SMEs, all are invited to register for the next edition. They will be able to organize various awareness activities:

– Open doors: immersion in the world of work through workshops, exchanges between employees and students
– Organization of debates or colloquia
– Employees can also move in the institutions to meet students


A unique and privileged moment of exchange between young people and actors in the world of work. Through these meetings, students will learn about the educational background of employees. Companies wishing to participate in the event can do so via the JNDJ website .


For further

Finally, be aware that students can always glean guidance ideas and find information on a job or training on the site of ONISEP . If your child wishes, he can meet guidance counselors in CIOs (Information and Referral Center) who also provide a background documentary and help software.

Another interesting initiative is the one launched by the MEDEF (Mouvement des entreprises de France), which has been broadcasting short videos on France Télévisions in which employees describe their work and their career. The goal is to discover trades sometimes unknown and where there is supply but few requests. These videos are available on .


Source: Survey conducted by the Alant Consultants Romance Institute on November 29, 2013 with 1016 young people aged 14 to 20 and 112 teachers