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School curricula should incorporate more real-world emphasis, both separate from and in relation to academics. ..... This could be running mock-businesses or role playing work situations.  As a precursor to or in absensce of internships or apprentice

School curricula should incorporate more real-world emphasis, both separate from and in relation to academics. ..... This could be running mock-businesses or role playing work situations. As a precursor to or in absensce of internships or apprentice

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Sital commented on Real Real-World Learning

Jeanne, I was thinking more about older kids, e.g. high school and college. However, in order to make sure lessons are learned and engrained, then you have to start early on enough for that to be possible. So, if teaching experts and career coaches, and whomever can make a case that it should start earlier, then so be it. .... But don't let the picture fool you, the role playing I'm talking about is real stuff without sugar coating, like interviews and working with other people. The play aspect may still apply too.

Geordie,

This is an excellent initiative. Recruiters focus too much on what you have done, and not your potential. I am struggling as a mid-career professional who wants to move to a new role or industry.

Two suggestions: maybe the job candidate can also write about himself or herself to compensate for lack of references; or there can be some assessments of translatable qualties. Also, there needs to be a marketing campaign to get employers to rethink what is important and their approaches to hiring. Chapter 2 of "Good to Great" by Jim Collins discusses getting "the right person on the bus".

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Sital commented on Preflight: Real-world challenges in the classroom

Connecting employers to youth seems to be an important aspect of your idea Gavin. This article mentions how perceptions of youth are changed when those connections are made, which leads to greater liklihood of employment.

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/jul/23/youth-unemployment-fall-attitude-work-experience