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Alex commented on Why go to college at all?

Hi Izabela. Yes, happy to share some information, however, the apprenticeship scheme runs out of our London office (I'm based in Sydney) so don't have 100% overview of its mechanics. However, from my understanding, we receive candidates on placements from a company called JustIT, they also provide direct training for the apprentices as well, they can take courses and complete exams to receive certifications in different technical areas, HTML development is one example. The apprentices are paid while working for us, from the JustIT website it states people can earn up to £1000 pounds a month(around $1500USD at today's rates). In Australia we partnered with some Universities to facilitate short-term internships (around 8 weeks), unfortunately, these weren't for technical staff as 8 weeks just wasn't enough time to achieve anything. The internship acted really as just a taster of work-life and people were obviously already attending Uni.

Out of interest Izabela, what are your thoughts on progressing something to the ideas stage, based on people's feedback has it provided any inspiration for potential ideas?

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Alex commented on Why go to college at all?

I've also heard stories of recruiters filtering out CVs of people that do not have a degree - scary stuff! My fear is that robot recruiting will only exacerbate this issue, resulting in final decision makers never seeing CVs from a diverse range of candidates. Especially in the Technology industry there are a number of alternate routes a post-high school student can take - one being apprenticeships, the company I work for employ a number of IT apprentices allowing them to gain real-world job experience while simultaneously being trained. I think as you've mentioned a number of times it really comes down to a cultural and societal mindset which needs to evolve.

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Alex commented on Why go to college at all?

Hi Izabela, I work in the Technology industry(I don't like to pin myself down to one title), but have grown a passion for business in general. My Masters is in business and IT management. I vividly remember, in high school, my teacher asking which Universities I had applied to, I simply responded "None" - they were clearly unimpressed. For some reason I never had a fear that I wouldn't be able to find a job without having a degree, maybe it was naivety, or maybe it was just because I didn't have a grand plan; go to uni, get a job at this company, earn X amount.... Another interesting aspect to consider is 'robot recruiting', linkedIn probably being the most prominent. It is one thing for a recruiter to manually go through a dozen candidates where their personal perception decides, it's another for a machine to trawl through thousands of potential candidates. Maybe this will be a good thing? Allowing for more than just surface level information to be gathered from a CV. What impact may this have in the future for people deciding whether they go to Uni or not?