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T.O.P - The Opportunity Project

Sometime what we need is a good opportunity that mostly doesn't come easy. The Opportunity Project is a one year apprentice/internship program that provide a strong base for the young so they're able to make the right decision for their future.

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Sometime what we need is a good opportunity. But most good opportunity doesn't come easy and cheap.

Every young people deserve an equal opportunity to get a job experience without any background or education requirement. The Opportunity Project is a one year apprentice/internship program providing real job experience and mentoring system for young people from age 15 to 24 years old. 

In the end of the program, the youngster is expected to develop enough resources to decide whether he/she wants to pursue college/university, to apply for the real job, or to start their own business. 

Values:

1. One year apprentice/internship program. 
There's no such thing as short cut to learn about real work life. 

2. Provide real job experience.
To get a full understanding about work life and all the skill in it, young people must experience the real work. We can't learn swimming only by reading a book.

3. For 15 to 24 years old.
T.O.P provided for the most sensitive working age which is 15 to 24 years old. Those who often failed in job interview at this age usually develop lack of confidence that can lead to other negative result.

4. Can be taken at any stage or age required.
T.O.P can be taken at any stage. e.g: after graduate from high school, in the middle of college, etc. And with input from Sabine (pls check comment below), there will be two choice of program. One can take a full program in only one job/corporate or for those who'd like to taste a bit of few job, they can take (max) three different job in one year program.

5. Focus on soft skill.
The main aim from this program is to develop the soft skill and building a good character for the youngster. When they are finish the program, they will get the report that focus on the soft skill.

6. Provided mentoring system.
Each job will be provided a mentoring system. I believe a good mentor will give a positive influence to the youngster.

7. Building network.
By working on a real job, youngster can develop a good network trough fellow workers or mentor. This network can be used for future development.

8. Given basic business knowledge.
In the end of the program, the youngster will develop a basic skill about simple business knowledge such as simple cash flow, etc. This knowledge can be used for future development. Whether he/she choose to pursue college/university, to apply for a real job or even to start their own business.

9. Bright Blue
Because that's how the young people should look at their future. Like a bright blue sky on the sunny day :)

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

T.O.P - The Opportunity Project is the bridge that provide real working experience, mentoring system, network, and real business knowledge. The youngster will be excepted in T.O.P without any working or education background requirements. This soft entrance will give the youngster a good start and build confidence. In the program they are also will not be judged by their working skill but rather their soft skill that leads to a good character. Skill can be taught, but character is what makes people strive and succeed.

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

The T.O.P website should work as the platform that connect and share information between the young people, the corporate, mentors and the alumni. The website will also provide stories from the alumni that share the experience and their success story. These stories will provide a good lesson for the young people to plan their life in advance. As a good will, the alumni are expected to become the next mentor.

My Virtual Team

Not yet, wish to have one :-)

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Photo of Sabine Kuznik
Team

Hi Mei, great concept. I was wondering if two options for the TOP participants would help them:
- to be one year in one project/company to really contribute and get to know one company well (for those who already know in which direction they want to go)
- to do a rotational internship in one or more companies (for those who need to see more in order to find the right thing)
It´s a TOP name, I really like it.

Photo of Meilati Batubara
Team

Hi Sabine, I am so agree with you! That will also help the young people who are still confuse on subject they will take in college or university. It's not easy to find the right thing for us (been there...lol)

Photo of Meilati Batubara
Team

ow, and I'll wrote this as on of the value, tx for the input :)

Photo of Sabine Kuznik
Team

Hi Mel, it´s great seeing your concept evolve!

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