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Personal stories offer powerful insights and there are many different perspectives to consider.

Personal stories offer powerful insights and there are many different perspectives to consider. 
  • What stories can you share from your own experience as young job-seekers, employers, policy-makers or educators that might help strengthen our understanding of the issue?  
  • Can you recall the journey of looking for your first job? What skills, networks and support did you need to succeed? 
  • Have you ever been in the position of hiring a young candidate or working with young job-seekers as an educator, family member, social service professional or volunteer? 

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A while back, I came upon a great article in the Harvard Business Review Blog that featured a piece from Glenn Llopis on how adopting an "immigrant mindset" can bring about success in both business and life. Glenn Llopis is a recognized Cuban-America

A while back, I came upon a great article in the Harvard Business Review Blog that featured a piece from Glenn Llopis on how adopting an "immigrant mindset" can bring about success in both business and life. Glenn Llopis is a recognized Cuban-America

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I have not..not yet. I think most of us if you are not an L - Directed thinker find it difficult to find a new job. I sent countless e-mails with no or small responds because companies saying that Design Thinking or Design Management sounds excellent

I have not..not yet. I think most of us if you are not an L - Directed thinker find it difficult to find a new job. I sent countless e-mails with no or small responds because companies saying that Design Thinking or Design Management sounds excellent

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4 years ago I had an opportunity to serve as a judge for a day, judging the finalist of a speech contest. Before this day, I had limited understanding of the environmental threats to our world. The contest was a group of finalist from grades 1

4 years ago I had an opportunity to serve as a judge for a day, judging the finalist of a speech contest. Before this day, I had limited understanding of the environmental threats to our world. The contest was a group of finalist from grades 1

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" No experience is ever wasted. Every experience has meaning".  -Oprah Winfrey.
This could relate to any aspect of your life, but in relation to young adults and new graduates entering the workforce, this philosophy is extremely important. One of th

" No experience is ever wasted. Every experience has meaning". -Oprah Winfrey. This could relate to any aspect of your life, but in relation to young adults and new graduates entering the workforce, this philosophy is extremely important. One of th

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As a current participant in the Marcus Graham Project, I have been given the resources to fully delve into the world of advertising and pursue my in-born passion to connect with people from a multicultural background. In a field where diversity is st

As a current participant in the Marcus Graham Project, I have been given the resources to fully delve into the world of advertising and pursue my in-born passion to connect with people from a multicultural background. In a field where diversity is st

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The Experience Academy is trying to bridge the gap between what is taught in schools / colleges / universities with the actual knowledge, skills and competencies needed in the world of work. As it is getting more and more difficult to get and keep a

The Experience Academy is trying to bridge the gap between what is taught in schools / colleges / universities with the actual knowledge, skills and competencies needed in the world of work. As it is getting more and more difficult to get and keep a

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Raised in Belgium, I saw the devastation poverty has on people’s lives, both during travels as a young tennis player, and right around home, an ex-industrial area where unemployment ran at a staggering 20 percent. From that point on, I dedicated myse

Raised in Belgium, I saw the devastation poverty has on people’s lives, both during travels as a young tennis player, and right around home, an ex-industrial area where unemployment ran at a staggering 20 percent. From that point on, I dedicated myse

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Its been my own experience that the work that I perform with community service and other forms of charitable organizations have helped me develop skills throughout my career, especially in the beginning (junior high school through college.) Giving ba

Its been my own experience that the work that I perform with community service and other forms of charitable organizations have helped me develop skills throughout my career, especially in the beginning (junior high school through college.) Giving ba

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-I feel like I can do a lot more for companies, than what responsibility they are offering at an entry level position
-my traditional college experience seems to give me a piece of paper to get in the door rather than anything useful
-what is usefu

-I feel like I can do a lot more for companies, than what responsibility they are offering at an entry level position -my traditional college experience seems to give me a piece of paper to get in the door rather than anything useful -what is usefu

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What resonates with me is that these young people, especially the men feel that they have been sidelined and their future is hopeless. No one asks for their opinion.

What resonates with me is that these young people, especially the men feel that they have been sidelined and their future is hopeless. No one asks for their opinion.

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You are a senior student and you are about to  finish university. What happens next? 
Whether you have a general/common degree (Business, Arts, etc) or a very specific degree (Greek History, Mechatronic engineering, etc), when you start looking for

You are a senior student and you are about to finish university. What happens next? Whether you have a general/common degree (Business, Arts, etc) or a very specific degree (Greek History, Mechatronic engineering, etc), when you start looking for

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