Hi Majed, do you have any suggestions on potential programs to implement and how we can make them effective? At my college, they organize company field trips to visit different businesses and see what they do/learn more about their industry. It would be cool to offer a similar style for high schoolers to explore fields of studies that they are interested in.
Hi Rob. My biggest takeaway from BA 101 was how to properly interview, a skill that will be valuable throughout my career. This included tips on dressing professional, being prepared with company research and questions and tailoring your responses to the specific position you applied for to best show your results from past experiences and future value if they were to hire you.
At the end, we had a mock interview with an alumni that closely simulated a real interview for additional practice. Afterwards, we received feedback on what areas we could improve in. The set up mirrored a real interview, but gave students a chance to fix mistakes in a low risk environment.
I am currently pursuing my undergraduate degree and do not feel fully prepared for the real world. Of the many mandatory courses I've taken, one of the most useful was BA 101, a mandatory business class (only 1 credit hour). It has been extremely helpful in terms of job hunting preparation. It teaches you how to create a resume and cover letter, correspond professionally with recruiters, and how to network and attend career fairs. You also learn how to prepare for interviews and even complete a mock interview with constructive feedback.
Many of my non-business major friends have expressed interest in completing a similar course. They feel they have a lack of knowledge and are not prepared for the job search because they have not had the same experience.
I would love to see more mandatory courses offered like BA 101 that prepare you for the real world and address issues like you mentioned (personal finances, saving for retirement, filing taxes, etc.) in detail. The long term value will outweigh the small time commitment and ensure everyone is ready for the real world.