Baccalaureate class of 2021 - worries about the future

Article of the Forum Institute for Employment Research (18.03.2021)

This article describes the worries about the future as well as psychological stress caused by Corona and provides an insight into the world of young people.

Baccalaureate class of 2021 - worries about the future

In the current study "Vocational Orientation: Career and Study Choice", adolescents were surveyed in spring 2020 and autumn 2020. The young people stated that they felt somewhat more confident in autumn 2020 in terms of their academic performance than in spring 2020 and that school exchanges took place more regularly. On the one hand, this may be due to improved online services offered by schools, and on the other hand, it may also be due to the relaxation of restrictions that were perceived as burdensome. Nevertheless, the responses show that worries about the future and psychological burdens have increased significantly. The digital format makes career guidance and orientation more difficult, and the upcoming Abitur exams add to the tension. In addition, social inequality increases with age; pupils with a migration background or from educationally disadvantaged families are particularly affected. The study suggests targeted information campaigns and an adjustment of the BAföG to better support young people in the current situation.

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