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Old 19.09.2018, 14:32
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Help with "Take your child to work"

Dear EF,

"Take your child to work" is a program for kids to see what the adults' work days look like, ideally in the child's field of interest. It is set for November 8th.

My child's interests is in the medical field: cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, and medical research (heart or brain research). However, I am pretty sure other specialties would be appreciated.

I'm looking to connect with someone who works as a medical doctor, and more specifically as a cardiologist (if my child should be so lucky), who is interested in and willing to host my child for this day. I called the KSA (Aarau) and KSB (Baden) to inquire about such opportunities. They allow their employees to bring their children in, however, in case of an employee volunteer, they allow them to host other children if the spots haven't been filled (not too clear what that means).

Can anyone help?

Thank you!!!
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Old 19.09.2018, 14:35
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Re: Help with "Take your child to work"

Is Aarau / Baden the area you are looking? It's not clear from your location but you mention it in your post.

I can't help with your request but just thought it might help if you are clearer on where it needs to be in or around.
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Old 19.09.2018, 14:38
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Re: Help with "Take your child to work"

How does that work for children whose parents work in 'adult entertainment'?

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Old 19.09.2018, 14:41
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Re: Help with "Take your child to work"

That is the closest area, however, I am willing to go to Zurich, Basel, and Bern. I suppose most German speaking area is fine, but not as far as Schaffhausen.
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Old 19.09.2018, 14:51
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Re: Help with "Take your child to work"

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How does that work for children whose parents work in 'adult entertainment'?

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I hear Stormy Daniels maybe looking for work
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Old 19.09.2018, 14:55
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How does that work for children whose parents work in 'adult entertainment'?

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If they have an interest in their parents' job, what can you do?

Ours started to whine at the tongue-in-cheek mention of spending a whole day writing in Matlab.

Your comment brings up a funny discussion with the kids on jobs and hobbies. We made up funny "jobs" one might choose to do. One was: "When I grow up, I want to be a serial killer." The youngest doesn't know what "serial" is, but thought it is "cereal", and he laughed so hard at wanting to kill the cereal in the breakfast bowl. Don't you love innocence?
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Old 19.09.2018, 15:10
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Re: Help with "Take your child to work"

When I worked at IBM and Abb, the idea on this day was for your kid to see what their mum or dad did for their job.
The schools organized other visits in small groups at other times for specific career orientated education sessions.

I think the "take your kid to work day" is more geared up to a social effort by the company to explain why the parent devotes a big portion of their energy to the firm and not the family.

Outsourcing your child on this day to a unrelated family member would probably defeat the object of the day.
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Old 19.09.2018, 15:16
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Re: Help with "Take your child to work"

Yes, I was wondering, too, is this a "let child see what his/her own parent does all day" day, or is this a "let child have a day seeing how some adult, in a field that the child finds interesting, works"? Just checking.
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Old 19.09.2018, 15:17
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When I worked at IBM and Abb, the idea on this day was for your kid to see what their mum or dad did for their job.
The schools organized other visits in small groups at other times for specific career orientated education sessions.

I think the "take your kid to work day" is more geared up to a social effort by the company to explain why the parent devotes a big portion of their energy to the firm and not the family.

Outsourcing your child on this day to a unrelated family member would probably defeat the object of the day.
I think in this case (if it's the same event as Funnybone is referring to), it is indeed a career orientated day rather than "see what your parents get up to all day when you're at school".

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Old 19.09.2018, 15:29
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Re: Help with "Take your child to work"

Perhaps the concept has changed.
I am going back 6 or 7 years now since the last one. But it was about the same time of the year and the dress code was relaxed to make the kids feel more comfortable.
It seemed (to me) to be real work colleagues kids.
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Re: Help with "Take your child to work"

Thanks, Sandgrounder! Yes, it is for Nationaler Zukunftstag/Futur en Tous Genres/Nuovo Futuro, and it is more about a student shadowing in a field of interest rather than shadowing a parent at work.

I could offer in exchange, for a very mathematically inclined student, an insight into the life of a retired (Math) professor's professional life.
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Old 19.09.2018, 15:37
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# interest. It is set for November 8th.

My child's interests is in the medical field: cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, and medical research (heart or brain research). However, I am pretty sure other specialties would be appreciated.

I'm looking to connect with someone who works as a medical doctor, and more specifically as a cardiologist (if my child should be so lucky), who is interested in and willing to host my child for this day.
The problem with this is that a cardiologist is either with patients who, let's face it, probably don't want a teenager in with them when discussing, what usually are, in this field, serious medical problems), in surgery (where a teenager wouldn't be allowed and would be a liability anyway), or doing paperwork.

So, it wouldn't be such an interesting day.

My son went to an animal hospital for the day and they tried to make the day as interesting as possible but many owners didn't want a child in the same room, he wasn't allowed in surgery and so did pretty mundane things like cleaning out cages.

Some companies organise special events for this day and are totally geared up to provide and interesting day as possible. Perhaps there is a hospital near you that does this?
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Old 19.09.2018, 15:39
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Re: Help with "Take your child to work"

I wonder how many kids will get accused of plagiarism in their "Diary" when they all write "Working with my mum/dad consisted mainly of reading something called English Forum"?
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Old 19.09.2018, 21:28
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Re: Help with "Take your child to work"

I hope I am not speaking out of turn here, but would it interest your child to see what medical school is like? After all being a doctor sounds cool but the work it takes to become one is not to be underestimated.

EF member heckenhocker is studying medicine in Bern. If your other options don't pan out, maybe contact her about shadowing a day of studying/lectures?

Apologies to heckenhocker if this is a terrible idea!!
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Old 19.09.2018, 21:34
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I wonder how many kids will get accused of plagiarism in their "Diary" when they all write "Working with my mum/dad consisted mainly of reading something called English Forum"?
Or "we saw lots of pictures of women with huge boobs"!

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The problem with this is that a cardiologist is either with patients who, let's face it, probably don't want a teenager in with them when discussing, what usually are, in this field, serious medical problems), in surgery (where a teenager wouldn't be allowed and would be a liability anyway), or doing paperwork.

So, it wouldn't be such an interesting day.
This - but also the ethics and legality - patient confidentiality, etc- for anyone not being medically trained and under 18?
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Re: Help with "Take your child to work"

From my children's experience 5th class children tend to spend the day with their parents. 6th class children do anything they fancy on the Zukunfstag website/their parents can organise and 7th class children only bother if they find something they like the look of.

For boys there are opportunities to experience medical work through being a Profipfleger/Ergotherapeuter/career for elderly or disabled people if you search on the website. For girls, this year there's a new programme to shadow a boss of company.



In my opinion it's better to join a well planned out programme with other children even if it's not in the target career area than just following someone around. It's all a great learning experience. For the most popular companies like google you need to book on 1st September.
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