Framing the problem: Design Challenge


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Framing the problem: Design Challenge

  1. 1. FRAMING THE PROBLEM Redesigning the School to Work Transition
  2. 2. Subject  Brooke is a recent high school graduate entering College this fall. She likes dance, art, and creativity, and is also a straight-A student.
  3. 3. Empathy Map •School counseling did not provide a personal relationship •More focused on finding a school than a major or career •Thinking about my career would influence picking a college program •Things I’ve done outside the classroom , like community service, helped me in my internship •Retail jobs had no correlation to my classes •I want a career that challenges me •I want to be creative •Society pulls you in to college. •I don’t think I would succeed without an advanced degree •I want to broaden my horizons •I don’t want to fill a mundane function •I think college will give me a good foundation, with both social and technical skills •I want an experience beyond the classroom •Problem-specific classes can help you decide on a career •I don’t know what my dream career is •The more internships connected to your school, the better •Needs to be more options for those who can’t afford college •College is not for everyone •College is a huge financial burden •I don’t think liberal arts classes are really necessary to the workplace •Some classes are just a personal choice •Planning for a career isn’t emphasized in high school guidance
  4. 4. Empathy Map •Read student profiles on College website •Watched school’s YouTube channel •Explored majors page and program details •Changed classes multiple times •Asked for advice from family members
  5. 5. Empathy Map •Society will not accept me as a viable job candidate without an advanced degree •A college degree is not just about the classes •Wants a balance between personal growth and technical learning •It’s hard to find a challenging and creative career •Don’t know how to get started •Not sure who to ask for advice
  6. 6. Empathy Map •Worried about the future •Unprepared to make a career choice •Excited to explore •Anxious that the path forward is unclear •Confused about what to do •Interested in learning more •Willing to put in effort
  7. 7. Empathy Map: Insights  Brooke seems to wish that someone had talked to her about her career options earlier in schooling, instead of just her college choices  Brooke seems to want a way to explore possible career options to find out what is right for her without falling “behind”  She does not seem to want a “traditional” career, but still feels the need to follow the “traditional” school to work path  Brooke views the soft, personal skills she hopes to gain in college as just as important as the technical skills
  8. 8. Problem Statement A driven, creative college freshman needs a way to focus her career path because she wants to make sure college gives her an appropriate foundation.