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Ideas to make college grads work ready from day one!

Ideas to make college grads work ready from day one!

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  • 1. "The air is full of ideas. They are knocking you in the head all the time. You only have to know what you want, then forget it, and go about your business. Suddenly, the idea will come through. It was there all the time." - Henry Ford
  • 2.  A passionate , driven recruiter of a multinational organisation needs a way to bridge the gap between ace institutions and corporates with meaningful education that would make graduates work-ready from day one! Problem statement
  • 3.  Children are great imitators. So give them something great to imitate." 1. Expose children to a wide variety of experiences including music, plays, sports, museums, travel, reading, dance, games, food, puzzles, et hnic activities, etc. One never knows how what exposure may influence future life choices 2. Encourage kids to ask questions 3. Play "thinking games". These are games where there is not just one answer like scrabble and chess are examples. 4. Emphasize the value of thinking & thoughtfulness rather than the importance of winning. Kids – changes at home
  • 4.  5. Put them through all the streams of learning and do not restrict them to few subjects 6. Help school kids pick their area of interest while learning 7. Let children pick their stream of subject for specialisation based on what they enjoy 8. Conduct guided reflective sessions to help them understand what they want 9. Educate school children on job opportunities 10. Run “know your career “courses 11. Each school to be afflicted with a college in the same city 12. Group of final year school students to be buddied by a college grad of the same line of interest 13. Each group to work on a project assigned by college buddy Children – changes at school
  • 5. 14) Help students understand themselves – their strength / weakness with self assessment tests 15) Common work based curriculum – with all self learning modules 16) Industry-academia tie-up. Each college to be affiliated to a local industry partner for learning 17) College professors should have a minimum of 2 years of industry experience and 5 years of research background to be able to handle a subject at a college 18) Every college to have technology transfer office – A council that will help colleges cope up with technology upgrades and industrial trends 19) Development of new benchmark evaluation criteria to encourage grads to apply knowledge rather than just score in the exams Adults – changes at college
  • 6.  20) Complete 2 projects to clear a semester  Work on industry problem statements project  Colleges identified application based research projects 21) Train people on life/ soft skills for the last year at college 22) Every student to be active part of Form life/soft skills club 23) Competition and opportunity to win industry recognised workshops for key work-skills 24) Group of final year grads to be 3 month mentorship program-mentored by an industry employee Adults – changes at college
  • 7.  Workplace environment 25) Think about new innovative opportunities about how corporate and industry can interact more - Promote a positive image of the company 26) Industry to sponsor postgraduate studentships 27) Industry to angle invest college generated impressive projects 28) Industry to identify employees mentor final year grad groups for 3 months 29) Industry employees to train in collages at least for 6 months 30) Continued life skills clubs – for sustain learning and support 31) Provide access to company knowledge and resources Professionals – Changes at workplace
  • 8. Pre hire phase / standards 32. Ability to spot and recruit the brightest young talent based on projects 33. Folks who have completed impressive projects for the industry should be given preference while hiring 34. Folks to be evaluated & hired based on simulations -clearing stress / life skills workshop to become eligible for hiring Post hire – pre on board phase 35. Self study curriculum + projects 36. Trainee mentorship program to help them in seamless transition 37. Interactive website to experience work at hiring organisation Post on board training phase 38. Trainees to spend the first week in observation – will be sent to project floors and would observe(with observation pointers) people in action 39. Every group of 5 trainees to be tagged to a mentor manager 40. Work attitude module with built in 270 degree feedback 41. Train managers to be mentors – esp deal with college grads / company entrants Professionals – Changes at workplace
  • 9. Parents: 42. Oriented on how to encourage questioning , thinking and give less emphasis on making it right and wining 43. Be more open to explore un conventional learning / employment opportunities School teachers: 44. Qualified to teach rather than qualified on a subject 45. Should encourage children to make mistakes and learn 46. Provide a on threatening learning environment College professors 47. Qualified to work rather than qualified on a subject 48. Encourage students to apply learning rather than score marks Recruitment policy 49. Look at projects rather than scores 50. Look at learning / coping capacity Influencers -Mind-set change
  • 10.  Collaborating with people 51. School: Invite collage grads to orient school final years to help them understand / prepare themselves for college 52. College: Invite industry experts – Visiting professors for regular project coaching 53. Industry: Have industry to invite academics who may have an interest in a common problem to spend time at their facility, interacting with researchers and practitioners 54. Sponsored and honorary posts for industry best contributors at institutions and for professors at corporates 55. Dual appointments – employment at both industry & institutions Collaborating instances 56. During research for future of work - Provide institutions a flexible and cost-effective extension of the R&D resources (expertise, equipment, facilities) available to the company 57. During solving current industry problems Collaboration check points
  • 11. Interactive website for newly hired resources to experience work-life at hiring organisation  Context – what :  A end to end interactive website depicting the culture and work life of an organisation  A walk thro that will provide complete understanding & learning experience  Why:  This would help fight anxiety of a new entrant and get him familiarised with the organisation  Help understand an organisation culture before joining  Process – how:  Every hired candidate to be given access to this website  The candidate to take a walkthrough of the website ; complete all the required milestones  Walkthrough will have learning checkpoints – that will prompt / teach organisation way of work Most practical idea
  • 12. School-college-employee continuous buddy program  Context – what :  Every school in a locality to be tied / affiliated to a college  Every college to be tied / affiliated to a corporate / company  Why:  Use the buddy system to help juniors to understand how a college / corporate works  Orient juniors on what can be expected & what to look forward to  Buddy mentors to help in project execution / guidance  Process – how:  High School group to be buddied by college graduate from the affiliated college  Final college grad group to be buddied by employee from the affiliated corporate Most disruptive idea
  • 13. Entrants of corporates spend the first one week observing on project floors  Context – what “Most human behavior is learned observationally through modeling: from observing others one forms an idea of how new behaviors are performed, and on later occasions this coded information serves as a guide for action." -Albert Bandura, Social Learning Theory, 1977  Why:  Harness on learn by observation  Facing the project world first and then providing them with corporate training ensures entrants aware of what they don’t know  This awareness builds agility to learn – later when sent to corporate training they will know why they are learning what they are learning  Process – how:  Trainees to spend the first week in observation – will be sent to project floors and would observe(with observation pointers) people in action  The observation pointers will help associates motivated & look for opportunities to learn My favorite idea
  • 14.  "If at first, the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it." - Albert Einstein