Education in the 21st Century: Learning What or Knowing Who?

Rules of the job market are changing. There are always preferred candidates coming from the existing social network. As a result, what you know is getting less and important than who you know and who you can approach.

Likewise, students tend to think that subject matter is important, but ignore the essential core skills about communication, social networking, and resume writing.

A reputed consultant based in Australia, with an experience of placing tens of thousands of international students every year, believes that ninety-nine point nine percentage of students do not have a good resume when they seek internship or job placement.

More importantly, students often fail to prioritize time and efforts to get these things right. An accounting student, for example, is very keen on his subject but hardly pays attention to communicating his accounting skills.

Universities do not prioritize these sills as part of the graduate attributes. In the recent years, they have started adding these elements in the learning strategies, but limited attention in practice.

As a result of Universities facing this, a number of private and intermediary firms have emerged in Australia which provide a range of services – from placement to career counseling. They cash on the fact that University graduates are not job-ready and there is a lot of value adding work needed between the University and the job market.

The idea of Work Integrated Learning (WIL) is a response to this demand. Providers of WIL services are also on the rise. Elaborate little more about work integrated learning ?

Consultants of WIL believe that such services are a great platform for students to not just to learn what could work in a practical sense, but more importantly, know people in the job market and create networking.