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Humanities and education

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Qualifications in Humanities and Education (vocational qualifications and further qualifications) impart the competence needed in many types of tasks involving instruction, education and communication. Jobs are offered by municipalities, congregations, churches, associations and many organisations, but the field also offers opportunities for entrepreneurs or self-employed people.

Professionals in this sector are employed by day care centres and in open early childhood education, or by schools and educational institutes, youth centres, enterprises, and institutions. Actors in the field provide services and organise many types of activities for children, young people, and families, including interpretation services for immigrants and guidance and instruction for those using sign language or various other communication methods.

Prerequisites for working in this field are good skills in interpersonal relationships and interaction and an ability to take into consideration the needs for instruction and support of different customers in various age groups. Employees in this field often work in close contact with people of all ages. They need to be psychologically resilient, balanced, and flexible.

In many vocations in the field, they also need to assume responsibility for the safety of the customers or the people they instruct. Ethical responsibility associated with values is also emphasised in jobs in this field. Communication and self-expression skills are also important in the field in order to make sure that messages are comprehensibly transmitted. Familiarity with the way the society’s service system functions is a precondition for acting in multiprofessional teams and networks.

The employment situation in the field is good. The need for instruction, education, and language services will increase in the future.