In all the German and international classes of Year 9 at Schule Schloss Salem, "practical vocational experience" was the dominant topic during the lessons for five weeks. Students could chose to visit businesses from the immediate surroundings, such as Georg Fischer Singen, EADS and ZF Friedrichshafen, Kugler Salem, Sparkasse Salem, Südkurier Konstanz, the advertising agency Schindler & Parent and the medical technology company, Pajunk.
On the second day back at school, there was an internal school workshop, carried out by both the career counsellors at the school. They conducted an "Interests and Skills Analysis" for a whole morning with all the students. In the GWG lessons (geography, economics, social science) basic economics is taught and the students are introduced to the various different professions. The main focus was a one-day business orientation for everyone which was to be prepared thoroughly. The students took key questions with them that helped them afterwards to evaluate the tour of the business in writing. To do this, they had to gain information about the businesses in advance and set up a fictional application folder. The research was to prompt questions amongst the students that could be used in the interviews to be held later on. For this purpose they learned how to set up a curriculum vitae and letter of application in their German lessons.
The students were also informed on an additional day about the possibilities for studying at British and American universities and about the application requirements. To obtain one of the much sought-after university places the school reports already have to be included from Form 9 onwards, since they are of great importance to the applicant's school and personal development in addition to the results of the school-leaving examination.
Nils Grimm 9 a, in March 2009