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Employability focused training

Provide students and future students with market knowledge and projected job employability information to facilitate smart study choices.

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How do students make decisions about what they will specialise in? In the best cases interest lines up with employability and a successful life. In the worst, decisions are made based on the assumption that a certain degree will provide financial benefits which do not always deliver. What if students were provided with the projected jobs in demand for their future. Based on the information we have about emerging technologies, societal needs, and other trends we have the potential to intelligently predict market needs. Offerings students this information could help them make more informed decisions about what they choose to spend their time studying and becoming an expert in. A tool could be developed to help students interact with this information and offer recommendations based on both their interests, the future job market, and the needs of society.

Who is your idea designed for and how does it reimagine higher education to support the needs of tomorrow?

This idea is for students looking to invest their time and money in an education which will lead to a good job and comfortable life which is aligned with their interests. Providing the information in an accessible way will empower students to make better informed decisions about their future.

This idea emerged from:

  • An individual

What skills, input or guidance from the OpenIDEO community would be most helpful in building out or refining your idea?

Understanding how to access the data required to project future needs of the job market for particular areas.

What early, lightweight experiment might you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

Test a prototype with students applying to university - getting a better understanding of they select their specialties, if they would find this information useful, and if it would impact their decision.

Tell us about your work experience:

I'm a MSc student in Human-Centred Systems and also work full time as an Experience Designer in the financial and energy sectors.

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Hi Courtney,

Thank you for sharing another great idea.

I wonder if the data could be accessed from these sources or datasets:
https://www.bls.gov/emp/ep_table_104.htm
http://www.nabe.com/nabe
http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_Future_of_Jobs.pdf

I wonder if there is a link to University Union or Connecting higher education institutions to the job market