I think your focus on problem solving and developing tangible skills to do so would help solve the problem of students upon graduation feeling like they didn't learn how to do anything during their time. Many of the other ideas contributed to this problem mentioned that less than 50% of employers feel that students entering the job force are competent for the job and that many students are dissatisfied with the jobs that they enter into after graduation and end up switching jobs frequently. I think this paradigm shift from choosing a major to choosing a problem to solve could really change how students view problems and develop tangible and useful skills to tackle them. I also personally find, as an undergraduate senior looking back at my courses, that courses that focus on problem solving or doing research to figure out a plan for a company are much more useful and interesting than those that teach hard concepts and theories. Though I do also think that those concepts and fundamental terms and languages are necessary for students, I think those basic topics covered + problem solving mindset would allow students to be much better prepared for the future while also giving them a chance to experience certain types of projects and see what they enjoy doing, what roles they like playing, and what they have a passion for. Excited to see where this goes!
This is a great venture and initiative to bring together industry professionals and students outside of both of their usual social and professional circles. As a graduating senior, I have experienced and also heard many students who felt lost and unsure of who to turn to for practical advice on professional and personal struggles. I think the concept of having my own "board of directors" who are detached from me, can judge situations objectively, and that can help me navigate through life sounds quite compelling. However, you did mention that the app is mainly used for students from low to mid-income level families, and my concern is whether the BOD members have enough incentives to help a student whose potential is also unknown by sharing their connections with him/her, when the professionals can reach out the students of proven talent from more prestigious colleges. Also, it will be difficult to coordinate with all the different board members from different backgrounds and help the student reach a consensus in times of disagreement and opposing views. These concerns are only in case that MyBoard is used to connect people solely based on the test that the student takes (basically, chosen randomly). However, I can see this app be very useful within an organization, institution, or even industry to help maintain and organize the network while facilitate the needs of the student. Great idea overall and I'm really excited to see where it goes!
The GLA 3.0 model seems quite thorough and since it's based upon two previous models and their successes, I feel like it has some solid grounds. As an undergraduate senior myself, I definitely felt like my school lacked helpful resources to help guide myself and other students in choosing careers outside of what most students go into. The self-reflection and assessment part of the app will really help students take a moment to think about whether or not they're interested in pursuing a specific career because that's where their passion lies or whether it is because everyone else is doing it. I feel like the latter is the case usually for students, which is why there is such a high number of students who switch jobs within the first year. I am curious though how the career coaching services would work seamlessly or be integrated with the university career centers. Not all universities have the resources or connections to help students interested in very specific job functions to get opportunities in that area. Would the results of the assessments be for the students' own resource and understanding? Or would those results be of value to employers in the sense that would students who, for example got results that they would thrive in an equity research position, have a better chance of getting an interview in that position over another student whose interests are also in equity research but got results from the assessment that they're better suited for accounting? Would the goal of this initiative be to help students find what they like from straight out of college so that they could stay in their jobs longer? Or would it be simply to let students reflect and learn more about themselves? I hope these questions give some food for thought!