Work & education

  • For which professions does the job market in your country look favourable at the moment?
  • Do employers offer further training or include it in the working time?
  • Do employers expect any knowledge of foreign languages? If so, for which professions and which languages?
  • At what age can people retire?
  • What are the normal working hours for people who do not work in shifts?
  • How many holiday days do employees have on average?
  • Are people paid extra for working in the weekend or at night?
  • In which professions or workplaces can you not dress casually? Which industries have clothing regulations and what should one wear?
  • Do public authorities and companies have flat hierarchical structures or should one never disagree with the boss?
  • Are superiors also accepted when they are very young?
  • Do women generally work in your country? If not, what keeps them from working?
  • Do women have equally good chances to work in executive positions as men do?
  • Are there any population groups that have significantly worse opportunities on the job market? If so, which groups? What are the reasons for this?
  • From what age do children attend child care?
  • How is the school system structured?
  • Are equal opportunities guaranteed? Do children from uneducated families have the same chances to complete a university education as do children from academic families?
  • Does your country have whole-day schools or after school care?
  • Where do children eat lunch, at school or at home?
  • Are there any schools that employ progressive teaching methods? If so, which schools and are they seen as equivalent to regular schools?
  • Does your country have private schools? How do these differ from public schools? Can an average family afford the school fees?
  • How does the training system work for people without a university degree?
  • What are the university entry requirements?
  • Are there tuition fees?
  • What sources of research funding does your country have?

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