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Before College Multi-Internship Program

The confidence about what you want to do with your life is something that comes along with the age and experience. However, young people are forced to go to a college right after high school before they really know what they want to do/are good at.

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As a young, talented but unemployed newly-graduated student, I often experience the problem of “proving myself” to the employers. That is, I don’t have enough references or experience to get me the job, or I just did not study what I really wanted to and I want to find a job at a different sector than what I’ve studied. The thing is, how can I gain some experience if no one offers me that chance?

The confidence about what you want to do with your life is something that comes along with the age and experience. However, young people are forced to a college right after high school before they really know what they want to do/are good at. Unfortunately, in rather unsettled education systems such as my country, Turkey, the decision of choosing what to study is not made only by the young person himself/herself. Parents are so involved in that decision because they are concerned about the employment after graduation, and sometimes misdirect their kids with these concerns. One point they all miss is that one would be successful at what he/she does only if he/she likes what he/she is doing!

As a person who has found out what she wants to do at a later age after doing some internships and talking to some people from different business sectors, I recommend high school kids should not be forced to go to college right after their graduation. Instead, they should be placed in long term/short term special internship programs due to the information gathered from their instructors, grades and activities at their high school. The most important thing is, these internships should be based on “finding out what you want to do”, not filling in your resume or being an intern at the biggest company in your country. The companies and firms from different business areas should be honest and helpful to these intern students rather than seeing them as “cheap” or “inexperienced futile” workforce, and let the students quit internship to start another one if they don’t really want to continue. The students should be able to broaden their visions and find their role models/mentors, do as much as internships as they can to find out what they really want, and finally stick to the one they like. There are many different job opportunities, business sectors, but if the student is not aware of them, then how can you supply workforce for these sectors in the future? This program aims to inform students about all kinds of business, and the backgrounds of people working at these sectors, so that they know what their choices are, and what they can become after studying what they want to study. 

How will your concept support young people as they transition into the world of work?

• Learning about the diverse job opportunities • Getting to know what they really want to do • Providing them role models, mentors and examples • Learning about the education process they need to undergo to get the job they want to • Developing a variety of skills on many different areas by the internships in different business areas • Providing students a better and “fuller” resume

What online or in-person components of your concept will best support this transition?

• High school instructors, mentors etc that know the students and their skills well enough to give reference for them when applying for the internship • Companies, firms to employ the students as “young interns”, or to arrange special internship programs for them • Parents collaborating and letting these kids to find their own ways

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For certain, your approach is a better alternative for some people rather than going straight to college. Finding one's passion in life can prove to be an elusive goal for some and by finding out what activities/roles one likes (and consequently does not like) can help people find purpose in their lives.