Hi, it’s Isao here. Lately in Japan, the heat wave, the continued high price of vegetables (due to the prolonged rainy season) and, as far as my family is concerned, the unusually rapid disappearance of barley tea and ice cream, have been putting a strain on our finances. This is due to COVID-19 and the heat wave, which has caused us to stay home more often. And the other reason I stay home is to study.
I am currently studying to become a Career Education Coordinator. I would like to share my thoughts and feelings on why Japan and the rest of the world need to have a career education coordinator.
One of the reasons for this is that coordinators are needed to serve as a link between the community and the educational field. In Japan, career education is defined as “education that encourages career development through the cultivation of the skills and attitudes necessary to lay the groundwork for social and professional independence of each individual. This means that when children and students go out into the world, they should ask themselves “What is the purpose of work? What do we learn to live and work for? I believe that career education is an education that helps students to find the purpose of life and the meaning of their existence. This career education is a place for learning that does not exist in the school curriculum, and is only possible in collaboration with local resources and human resources in the real world. Coordinators are the only professionals who are able to plan and provide schools with this kind of education by being aware of the needs of the school, being sensitive to the qualities and skills required by society, and coordinating and coordinating with those outside the educational field.
Secondly, coordinators need to work to further raise awareness of the need for career education in society and to actively introduce more of its learning offerings into educational settings, because in the context of life with COVID-19, academic time is being squeezed and teachers are too busy with their subjects. It is. As a result, career education has been put on the back burner, or even cancelled, as a matter of fact. I think one of the problems is that this career education is secondary to academic studies. In my opinion, working is a way of life, and one that people learn to be themselves. This is the essence of education, and if we simply force students to learn a subject without realizing the purpose of learning, the result will be that they will be less motivated to learn and will avoid learning. Rather than choosing between academic and career education because of a lack of time, coordinators must continue to communicate to society that they are equal and that they are both interconnected.
As a member of the Career Education Coordinator, I would like to be in a position to improve education in Japan and to design the lives of foreign students from abroad.