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National Future Day (AKA bring-your-child-to-work)

So today is National Future Day here in CH.
Are you taking your child to work?
Or are you childless and dreading a day of other people's progeny distracting you from your spreadsheets?

I've seen a few around today. I think I'm most worried that all the staff restaurants here will be extra-busy at lunch!

What would be a cool job to go watch your parents do? Fireman? Pilot?

And if the schools are closed, what happens if both your parents are teachers...?
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Old 14.11.2013, 09:36
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Re: National Future Day (AKA bring-your-child-to-work)

I've got a lot of high voltage components kicking around here so if the little rugrats get under my feet I'm sure i can arrange a game of catch the charged capacitor.
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Re: National Future Day (AKA bring-your-child-to-work)

My son has been to work with me a couple of times (due to childcare mix ups etc.) and was bored off his rockers after an hour.

I think his idea of hell would be to accompany me to the office for a whole day. Although, I do have a stack of filing that he could do and I could bribe him with a bit of extra pocket money to put it all away for me.

But maybe I'm blurring the borders between "inspiring the future workforce" with "child labour" which is probably not the intended sentiment...
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Re: National Future Day (AKA bring-your-child-to-work)

aw really?? So you mean i could have packed my little one off out with my husband for the day?? sigh.. why didn't you post before 8am!!
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aw really?? So you mean i could have packed my little one off out with my husband for the day??
Depends on their age/year in school. Here in the french speaking area it is from 6eme/8eme HaromoS as I understand.

I thought it kind of interesting this a.m. passing through Zurich airport when the check-in lady from Swiss was being followed by two young boys. So it seems to be happening everywhere today.
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Re: National Future Day (AKA bring-your-child-to-work)

Fab idea, what can be more rewarding then politely asking your teenaged son, 'Tea no sugar' when entering the office. Loving it.
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Re: National Future Day (AKA bring-your-child-to-work)

Here in Delémont (Jura) it is 7ième Harmos that get the day off to accompany a parent to work.

My son has gone with husband into Basel - son was very cross as he has been into work with his father a few times previously when childcare muddles have made it inevitable and he usually gets to sit at the spare desk and play with the ipad/watch films etc. this time he is "having" to participate in an organised day including off site visit to company research centre in Stein etc. So not quite the day off he was expecting!!
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Re: National Future Day (AKA bring-your-child-to-work)

My son is at work with me. 2 of the guys I work with have activities & challenges lined up for all the kids that are here today and it looks like it will be a fun day for them.
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Re: National Future Day (AKA bring-your-child-to-work)

My son went to work with his dad for the day last year. He was in 9ieme Harmos then so I guess it varies pretty widely from canton to canton.

Fortunately OH's colleagues organised some interesting things for him to see and do as I think he'd have been bored to death if he'd just had to shadow his dad all day.
Having said that the thing he remembers most about the day is the weird and wonderful creations they have on the canteen menu and the delicious dish he ate at midday. ( budding chef in the making so food is the most interesting thing to him)
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Re: National Future Day (AKA bring-your-child-to-work)

Funny! I just asked my husband last week if they have a "bring your child to work day" here in CH, like they do in the States. He seemed to know nothing about it.

Yeah, sure.

Would have been nice for mommy to have the day off.
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Re: National Future Day (AKA bring-your-child-to-work)

In Baden, at my office it is above 10 years of age and my 6 year old was very upset he could not accompany me or his dad. the school has off and i took off to be with him. We went to Migros and i saw the cashier's son helping her, same at the apotheke. I think it is a nice system
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Re: National Future Day (AKA bring-your-child-to-work)

Here's more info:

http://www.nationalerzukunftstag.ch/de/home/
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Re: National Future Day (AKA bring-your-child-to-work)

Whole bunch of screaming brats schoolkids in work to day. They have a whole programme of introduction talks and tours organised in the morning and then accompany their parent during the afternoon. My colleague is showing her daughter how to prepare and measure protein solution concentrations using a UV spectrometer.
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Re: National Future Day (AKA bring-your-child-to-work)

Daughter got to hold gold at UBS to day which made her day, plus she got to hold a bundle of notes worth a million chf.
Jokes ensued as to why just few couldn't have ended up in coat pocket etc etc,
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Re: National Future Day (AKA bring-your-child-to-work)

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Daughter got to hold gold at UBS to day which made her day, plus she got to hold a bundle of notes worth a million chf.
Jokes ensued as to why just few couldn't have ended up in coat pocket etc etc,
There's no way you're actually expecting us to believe that someone put 1 million francs in your daughters' hand just like that. Keep the fairy tales for the kids
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There's no way you're actually expecting us to believe that someone put 1 million francs in your daughters' hand just like that. Keep the fairy tales for the kids
Why not? Why would anyone lie about something like that?
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There's no way you're actually expecting us to believe that someone put 1 million francs in your daughters' hand just like that. Keep the fairy tales for the kids
They do a similar thing in C/S as well.
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Re: National Future Day (AKA bring-your-child-to-work)

Down at Migros this morning and the guy stuffing loaves of bread into bags in front of the shelves was ably assisted by his young daughter.

I found it rather sad and hoped that his daughter would aspire to higher things in the future...
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Down at Migros this morning and the guy stuffing loaves of bread into bags in front of the shelves was ably assisted by his young daughter.

I found it rather sad and hoped that his daughter would aspire to higher things in the future...
Wow! Why would you make such a demeaning comment??
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Re: National Future Day (AKA bring-your-child-to-work)

my son did it today. his last time but he loved it.

our conversation via text.

'hi, mom.'

'what are you doing?'

'segmenting cells, you?'

'wow. that's really cool.'

'do you even know what that is?'

'no, but you'll explain later.'

and he loved it! yay for the JOM as they call it here. it's really a great opportunity for kids and my son is now determined to pay more attention in physics class.
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