How many times have we, as technologists, admins...staff in higher education in general...heard the hearts of students who are stuck in the never-ending story of "I need a job, but I keep being told I don't have enough experience..."?
It's upsetting, and very stressful, especially if you've ever tried to change careers, or if you think back to your own early days of breaking into the workplace. I realize this doesn't affect every career and industry, but it does seem to be a prevalent problem.
Around the world, at least I can attest that in many parts of Canada, and in Germany, schools as early as high-school level have officially partnered with local business (technical/mechanical/banking, etc) in order to establish a system of receiving qualified individuals when they leave college. But the official partnership is qualified by the fact that many of these companies actually aid in the cost of tuition for the student, upon contractual agreement.
This accomplishes many goals - for every party involved.
First, as was mentioned, college graduates have been trained by this company over many summers and have usually maintained part-time jobs with the same organization, often times in various rolls. This prepares them, not only for the profession, but they have now been adequately exposed to a variety of job descriptions within one area of interest and allows them to focus their studies accordingly.
Second, the students receive financial assistance, not federal debt. 'nuff said.
Third, ok, I'll stop numbering. What a relief to know that all during your college experience you get a real good idea that your learning experience is tied to learning about what you are experiencing in the work place. I believe you could actually enjoy what you're learning about because you're getting to experience it early on, and on a regular basis!
1. Does your school actively encourage internships and job-shadowing (more than one required day)?
2. What do you think about the work-place buy-in culture in the US? Would it work?