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13 Nov 2008
IOC News

Dare to do a Job: a colourful 2008 edition!

Sixteen 10-13 year-olds, the sons, daughters, family members and friends of the IOC staff, spent the whole day yesterday at the Vidy headquarters and Olympic Museum in order to discover the workplace of their fathers, mothers, grannies, aunts or friends.
A marathon programme enabled them to discover all the mysteries of the establishment, from Human Resources to the Museum collections, not forgetting Communications, the Games Department, the Library, the Historical Archives or the organisation of seminars and events.
During the presentations by the IOC and Museum Communications, the children learnt about the essential elements of a publication such as this one (golden rules, researching information, drafting, translation, photo, publishing, etc.).
Elevenses, lunch at the Olympic Museum, tea, a group photo and small gifts alternated with various presentations. All the children left enchanted, some of them convinced they wanted to follow in the footsteps of their nearest and dearest.
Quotes of the day, when asked “What is your favourite sport?”:
“Tennis, because I like being alone”
“Swimming in hot water”.
“What do the Olympic Games mean to you?”
“Sport, action, stress, joy”.
“Would you like to work at the IOC one day?”
“I’d just like to be a member because I’ve already been to the Games”.
The “Dare to do a Job” day is part of the awareness programme run by several Swiss cantons, enabling primary and secondary school children (9-15 years old) to discover the most diverse professions.
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