Self-promotion as a means of self-determination and participation

The aim of the project is to support young people with disadvantages in their trThe aim of the project is to support young people with disadvantages in their transition to a job. Image: Jan-Peter Kasper (University of Jena)

How can disadvantaged young people more successfully access working life after leaving school? Researchers from the Universities of Jena and Paderborn are exploring this issue in their new research project ’SeiP: Practicing self-promotion - approaches to a self-determined, multimodal competence assessment for young people with disadvantages/disabilities’. The interdisciplinary project is to be funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research as part of its ’Inclusive Education’ funding measure, to the tune of around 700,000 Euro over a period of three years.

The project will investigate how best to support young people with disadvantages and/or disabilities in identifying their competences and leveraging these for their transition to the world of work. "I"m sure the project has great potential, both from a business and vocational education perspective and from a special education perspective" says Prof. Petra Frehe-Halliwell, Professor of Business Educational Studies at the University of Jena.

Spotlight on the principles of self-regulation and self-determination

"We’re putting the spotlight on the principles of self-regulation and self-determination. Multimodal, i. e. especially open and creative self-portrayal and analysis concepts open up opportunities for young people to explore and identify their strengths. The competence assessment thereby becomes a development or learning process in itself," explains Prof. H.-Hugo Kremer from Paderborn University.

The aim is to create a training programme that helps young people identify their strengths and leverage these for their transition to employment. Integrated training will support teachers and those responsible in companies and businesses in documenting, receiving and using the results. The goal is effectively integrate the targeted self-promotion concepts in learning and development processes for use as prototypes for successful transition to training and employment. "The project will consequently increase participation and inclusion in the world of work and society," says Prof. Désirée Laubenstein from Paderborn University.