Interview with an innovation manager

*The interviewee wishes to remain anonymous

Organisation responsible for the interview: European Institute for Diplomacy & Policy, the Netherlands

Country: The Netherlands

Occupation: Innovation Manager

Date of the interview: 19.05.2023

Short summary of the interview

Nowadays, the majority of young people are choosing their future profession, in order to have as many as possible economic opportunities and stability. In some cases young people are facing many other challenges and they don’t really invest in career guidance; however, this needs to change immediately. Social and cultural norms affect to a great extent the career decision process and young people should be willing to deeply explore themselves, in order to comprehend what they really want to follow. As far as gender stereotypes are concerned, young people should feel free to challenge them all and dare to discover their interests and passions. It might seem impossible to completely tackle stereotypes and misconceptions but through the appropriate guidance, young people are able to achieve their full potential. 

Statements of utmost importance – top statements/ information

“The career choices of young people mostly are based on professions and paths that can offer economic opportunities in the future.”

“While parents can positively influence their children’s career choices, it’s essential to balance parental guidance with giving young people the autonomy to explore their own interests and make their own career decisions.”

“To overcome biases, individuals can engage in self-examination and reflection.”

“Stereotypes can also perpetuate unequal opportunities and outcomes for individuals from different backgrounds.”