A web platform where young bright minds share and showcase their academic research and expertise while learning how to make interactive digital content!
RecycleResearch is a website that allows unemployed and employed graduates to add value to their professional profile by providing interactive digital articles and reports on the topics they studied or are passionate about. University teaches students research methods and provides an environment and tools to apply those on a few projects during one’s university experience. Unfortunately most of that research is hardly shared, explained or used after graduation (except for the lucky few who get published and even then it often remains in academic circles). Students have a relatively deep understanding of the topic or field they worked on.
The aim of this website is to provide a tool for former students to share the insight they have gained via digital means so that businesses and online readers can gain value out of the content. A topic thread will allow members of the community to contribute on research-specific knowledge and generate a debate over the ideas with the objective of sharing information and working towards collaborative projects.
The framework of the website will encourage the content producers to diversify their method of expression using the variety of tools available in the digital world; articles, images, audio pod-casts, videos, infography, mini-games, etc. A person that uses all of these tools will gain digital skills that can be presented to potential employers in a portfolio.
Graduates can also further engage with their field(s) of expertise by collaborating with fellow students and professionals contributing on the platform. This collaboration will encourage connection-making and raise job opportunities and recruitment opportunities. A profile page of their contribution to the site will allow them to share some of their expertise.
John completed his Masters in Electronic Engineering and his final thesis was a paper he published on the use material X in Fiber Optics for the Optoelectronics department. John decides to publish his results and knowledge in this niche topic on RecycleResearch and creates a complete post on Fiber Optics and its compatibility with material X. In this process, John learns how to produce the following:
Meanwhile, Company A is looking to recruit a new engineer with a background in Optoelectronics to fill a position in their R&D team. Sam, the manager, has been using RecycleResearch to learn more on topics related to Optoelectronics that he did not specialise in. He sees that John has been contributing to the knowledge base of Recycle Research in a topic that will be treated in their next project; thus he decides to contact John and starts contributing on his posts. Sam is impressed by John’s knowledge of the field and decides to invite him for an interview in order to meet him and see how he could fit in his team, if interested.
- a blog post or an article for online readers
- an explanatory video
- an audio podcast
- an infography
- an e-learning game using web technology
- data visualisation documents
Who does this idea benefit, who are the main players and what's in it for them?
This idea benefits graduates from universities and technical institutes (both unemployed and employed) who wish to showcase the knowledge and insight they acquired during their studies. When linked to their professional profile, this tool will allow them to provide more depth on their educational experience and their know-how. They will also learn new methods and skills related to digital content creation and sharing. By collaborating on topics of knowledge/research, they will be able to create a global network related to their field of studies/work.
Businesses that get involved on this platform will also have access to a pool of young people seeking exposure in a specific field. This will help them narrow down their recruitment search and target future employees better. The website will also be an alternative source of knowledge for research and development teams that need brief overviews on a topic addressed without having to pay for large licensing fees.
How is your idea specifically increasing access to employment opportunities and pathways for young people?
This website will provide a traceable access to aspiring employees’ work and portfolio: at the same time, it will organise these aspiring employees’ skills in searchable fields of knowledge to facilitate employers’ access to candidates. By encouraging collaboration on a topic between professionals and graduates, professional networking will be encouraged and both parties will have access to a database that facilitates future collaboration between them. This will make the transition from unknown candidate/potential employer to contracted employment more gradual and smooth with the ability to gain awareness of each others’ work culture and capabilities.
What early, lightweight experiment can you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?
Conducting qualitative and quantitative user research on unemployed graduates, current students and passionate professionals in order to identify the incentives required to attract content producers.
Contacting businesses and institutions of various sizes to investigate how they could contribute to help the platform grow and what aspects of the profiles they would like to focus on, on a broad level, in order to develop a framework for users in order to guide their content production.
What skills, input or guidance are you keen to receive from the OpenIDEO community to help you build out or refine your idea further?
Any contribution is welcome! Development expertise would be useful to estimate the details of an implementation plan. Expertise, insight and feedback from Human Resources professionals would help identify incentives for businesses (large, medium and small) to contribute in such a web platform.
Collaboration on the project and helping produce viable incentives for graduates to participate, based on personal and professional experiences, would be very helpful.
How do you envision your idea being implemented?
Keen to prototype it, find partners and pursue implementation