Internship system over university

Many undergraduates do not enjoy studying for their degree. This is because they feel the subject matter does not apply to their lives after university. They also may not have any ideas or experience of jobs they could apply for after graduating. This creates an attitude of work being undesirable and unenjoyable.

Those who want to go into medicine, law, engineering etc, will obviously need specialist training at a college or university. But for the vast majority of other people, a degree is irrelevant and even a hindrance to finding meaningful employment.

An internship system should be implemented whereby all areas of the job sector provide a two-week internship for high-school graduates that are curious about that job. If they want to progress further, they would do a four- or five-month internship with the same company/service provider. Then they would apply for a job.

The contacts and experience gained through internships would enable a young person to decide what job they are best suited for. If, after a two-week or five-month internship they want to try another area, then they simply do another internship somewhere else.

Anyone interested in academia, particularly in the social sciences or humanities, should apply for a two-week position with the relevant academic scholar, in which they would be taught skills and work on a critical project.

In this way, young people will be able to choose their employment faster and more effectively than if they had done an irrelevant degree beforehand.
Zoe Coutts, University of Aberdeen | Sun 12th Jan 2014 at 20:19

1 comment:

How would this be funded ? Having someone on an internship takes organisation, and can require things like increased insurance cover. How many of these could a young person take? This is in many ways similar to my proposal on educating careers officers.
Simon Clark, SJC Systems Limited | Tue 14th Jan 2014 at 00:45

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