We have collated the answers to the most frequently asked questions about the competition for you here. Please make sure you also read the terms and conditions of entry and the information on data protection before you start working on your entry.

What is the #futureworkchallenge and what is the background behind it?

The #futureworkchallenge is an international competition for teens and young adults that is linked to beyondwork2020 – european conference on labour research. Your task is to portray an occupation of the future in a photo or video and submit your entry via Instagram along with a short explanation. This will require you to get creative as you think about the changing face of education, training, work and jobs.

Your future career is going to be hugely affected by changes relating to digitalisation and globalisation. And you will also play your part in shaping these changes and the working worlds of the future. The #futureworkchallenge gives you the opportunity to portray your hopes and expectations surrounding future jobs and career paths.

Who is organising the competition?

The competition is being organised by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

What is beyondwork2020 – european conference on labour research?

beyondwork2020 is a European conference on labour research organised by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, which will take place in Bonn on 21 and 22 October 2020. International experts will come together to discuss how we want to help shape the working worlds of the future. They will be delving into questions like: What does the transformation of work mean for people? How can companies best prepare their employees? And how is each European country reacting to the process of change? The main areas being put in the spotlight are health and prevention, networks at work, humans and machines, interactive work, participation and leadership, skills management, and regional and global change.

Who is eligible to enter the #futureworkchallenge?

The competition is open to teens and young adults aged between 13 and 29 and living in the Federal Republic of Germany, another member state of the European Union, Norway, Switzerland or the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. If you are a minor, your parent or guardian (or other legal representative) must also consent to you entering the competition. By submitting your competition entry, you are thereby confirming that you have been given this consent.

Can I enter the competition as part of a group, e.g. with my friends or siblings?

We are happy for you to work on your entry in whatever way you see fit. And so you may want to get other people involved to help you portray the occupation of your choice. That's no problem at all as long as they agree to it! However, when it comes to actually allocating and awarding the prizes, only the person who used their Instagram account to submit the entry will be counted as having entered the competition. And only that person will be awarded a prize if their entry is picked as one of the winners. PLEASE NOTE: In light of the current coronavirus outbreak, under no circumstances should you breach social distancing regulations and other restrictions when putting together your competition entry.

What do I need to know about submitting my competition entry?

You must submit your entry by posting it on Instagram or via email. Your Instagram post must remain online until 30 November 2020 and it must still be possible to find it at that point as it will also be used as part of the publicity for the conference and the competition. This will continue even after the conference has closed its doors on 22 October 2020.

If you wish to enter the competition, you must also do the following when you post your photo or video portraying your chosen occupation: use the hashtag #futureworkchallenge, tag the account @beyondwork2020 and include a short description or explanation of your chosen occupation which must not exceed 250 characters including spaces – you could use the caption for this, for example. Please don’t forget that users of Instagram have to follow the applicable terms of use at all times.

If you wish to send your entry via email, you must do so by the latest 30 September 2020, 11:59 PM, German time (Central European Standard Time). Please also add in your email a short description or explanation of your chosen occupation which must not exceed 250 characters including spaces. Please also send us your Instagram name if you have an account.

Can I submit multiple entries via my Instagram account?

Yes, you may submit multiple entries. Please note, however, that each account/individual will not be awarded more than one prize. The same applies for a submission of various competition entries via email.

Is there anything I need to bear in mind when deciding on an occupation? Are there any restrictions?

You are free to portray any occupation of your choice. It’s entirely up to you whether you choose to look at the evolution of a job that already exists or create a brand-new field of work. All that matters is that you follow the terms and conditions when choosing an occupation and creating your entry. For example, it’s very important that you don’t post any racist content or infringe upon the rights of third parties. So please do make sure that you read those terms and conditions of entry before you make a start on your entry.

I want to enter the competition but I don’t have an Instagram account. What can I do?

Whoever does not want to share the competition entry on her or his Instagram account or whoever doesn’t have an Instagram account will also be able to send their competition entry via email to the beyondwork2020 contact office: challenge@beyondwork2020.com. Therefore the submitter declares her or his agreement that the Federal Ministry of Education and Research may publish the competition entry on its own Instagram account and possibly tag the name.

How will the winners be selected?

All entries submitted will be assessed by an international jury of experts, who will then select the winning entries.

How will I know if I have won?

If you have impressed the jury with your entry and they have selected you as one of the winners, you will receive a direct message on Instagram from the beyondwork2020 contact office or respectively via email. You will then be asked to provide some personal details that will be required for the ongoing process (allocation of prizes, organisation of the award ceremony and so on). You can find out more about which personal data we will need and how this will be processed by reading the terms and conditions of entry and the information on data protection. All communication after this initial contact will be predominantly by email.

What is the prize?

All the winners will be invited to attend the award ceremony in Bonn on 20 October 2020. The organiser will cover the travel costs. Winners will also be awarded a non-cash prize at the award ceremony. If your entry is awarded first, second or third place, a film crew will also visit you to record a short interview. This video material and your entry will be shown at the award ceremony and used in the press and media. You will find out more about this process through direct communication with the contact office.

When is the closing date for the competition?

The closing date for the competition is 23:59 German time (CEST) on 30 September 2020. Entries that are submitted or posted after this date will, unfortunately, not be accepted in the competition.

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