The Social Problem

  1. Students are unhappy with their careers services (see appendix A) and there could be more.
    To quote, “careers services aren’t quite hitting the mark with students who don’t know what they want to do”
  2. 60% of undergraduates and 40% of postgraduates have an issue with the degrees they have chosen.
  3. 25% of students have an issue with the HE institution they have chosen
  4. 64,000 (20%) students change their degree courses or leave HE every year
  5. 35% of graduates remain unemployed 6 months after graduation
  6. On average, people have 3-4 career changes in their lifetime
  7. 20% of students do not believe universities prepared them for a career. Student inconsistencies, finding their feet, engaging them in opportunities are key points here.
  8. Students finding the balance between work life, social life, opportunities to prove themselves, hard. Unanswered questions are abundant.
  9. I’ve seen people frown upon those who are unable (but able) to fulfil the demands of a situation and were left like that.
  10. I myself feel that companies, albeit a situation, demand skills which I know I have, but have nothing to show for – it didn’t enter my consciousness that this was an area I needed to explore before it was too late. Leaving me feeling out of control.

The route of this problem is a need for a raised awareness in careers guidance (see Appendix A-0000000000). Industries do not make themselves accessible to all students nor are they involved with the journey of a student. So it is up to us to fix the above 10 points.

A Micro Analysis (surveys, informal interviews, people I trust to give an accurate reflection)

Despite knowing that careers take a different direction upon graduation…..and it was up to me to find my passion and abilities….I myself felt a shortcoming with:

  1. how I could gain the skills that would make me an ideal candidate
  2. my commercial awareness
  3. the news I could do with knowing about
  4. concepts
  5. what is happening right now that is related to what I am learning
  6. my alumni network and what they were doing with their career pursuits
  7. what it would have been like to have my secondary school careers advisor with me all the way
  8. what it would have been like to have everyone on my shoulder
  9. how my portfolio was developing from day to day activities
  10. how my career relates to others
  11. how I am related to the next undergraduate and what I could tell him/her.
  12. Something as simple as, “don’t you know SIFE is doing….” At the right time, would have awoken me to what really needed to be done. Being in the loop, meeting people, hearing concepts, finding pace in the workplace, doing what needs to be done…., quotable experiences are all things we can easily take for granted in these experiences.

 

“Didn’t I already know all of the above?”

And so, I felt misinformed, helpless and a little embarrassed at times – but nothing felt wrong….I was still alpha….creating my space….making things happen….

but not realizing that I didn’t understand my degree – the pace of the workplace - how important concepts were – moving amongst men – being consistent from reality to paper.

“If my untrained eye…”

To summarise this analysis – without a constant personal interaction on this front to go to – without something physical to touch and feel – without having a face for this front with others – without an eye on this front - without recognizing these skills and events as important development phases (past and present) - without seeing your lectures from whiteboard, to the application, to the actions, to the home, to the status quo, to our tree of knowledge – then I was just playing with what was hot...unproductive. And a lot of people go this route. And so I ASK, what pace have I been setting, if my untrained eye was due for a brick wall + setback scenario, which is inexcusable as alpha male. Didn’t I already know all of the above? Who understands the journey of alpha males ? I want students to be able to take control of this because they can, and more.

Another important point I want to make is that without hobnobbing, others can affect the ‘yellow brick road’ and hence your innate potential to do bigger and better things.

Tackling The Problem From All Angles

 

My theory of change is interactive careers guidance and having eyes around the campus, reason being, to be situated to bring justice to students to control their outcomes, produce results and offset bad undercurrents that are evident in the confusion and inconsistencies of life. We are the active participants. The factor of change in a student’s life.

Keeping end products in mind, the highlight of my results would be to see justice for the most timid of students. I’ve seen alpha males and queen bees let problems drop, all because it is out of their way, a stigma is involved and easier for them to serve as examples - although this is natural, the straight path, it’s careless - this presents the problem of “is letting someone die the same as killing someone”. Again, we are the active participants. The factor of change.

 

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