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Entrepreneurs are real people too! Provide young people with the opportunity to meet with entrepreneurs so they have a better understanding of the options outside the standard professional pathways and workplaces.
At the "Young + Unemployed Conference" proposed by Ana Cecilia companies and young unemployed can apply to a Blind Date. The young candidates pitch their skills and convince the companies to hire them.
Now that you got accepted to the job or your dreams, your employer wants to know what should be your area of expertise. The OpenIDEO Student Chapter at NYU-Poly believes that this is where the job-talent test, Occupational Idol, kicks in.
How about creating a GIS platform with data indicating types of employment needed and where. For example: a map showing 'teachers' needed in X country. Also, we can link this demand by providing access to virtual universities.
The Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook is easily browsable but requires fitting one's self-concept into one of many list items. 'When I Grew Up' would find out who you are and offer career path case studies that help you explore.
The focus here is on gaining skills and experience alongside industry professionals. Wonder how your industry really works? Connect and get advice. Here youngsters will be given the opportunity to acquire important employment tools and knowledge.
Aimed as 16-24 year olds, the YouthForce could be an online platform where local businesses post up 'small projects' they are seeking help on. This could be something as simple as setting up a web page, or tutor employees about new technologies.
Young people are often unemployed the longest. This idea gives employers a financial reward when they hire the unemployed. The unemployed can also use the cash themselves to start a business. The longer the unemployment, the bigger the reward.
As an entrepreneur coming into the MBA program, I sometimes feel education often revolves around form rather than substance. Removing the clutter in thought process and focusing on truly important things is a skill. This concept explores it.
For young people who are in the middle of job seeking and may be suffering from isolation in front of their computers, YouthCafe is a bi-weekly meetup where young people in similar situations can get together and work on projects or share stories.