When a degree is not enough, how can students make themselves more employable?
Striking CEGEP students hold a demonstration to protest against unpaid internships in Montreal on Nov. 21, 2018.
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Legal or not, unpaid internships are likely to continue as long as people face barriers breaking into the workforce and some employers see the opportunity for free labour.
Students at Monash University are provided integrated medical and surgical teaching in year three of the new curriculum.
Technology is currently not at the forefront of how work-integrated learning is designed and this is something educators need to address.
Academics who are closely aligned to professional practices in health professions, engineering, teaching and social work also value work integrated learning highly.
Work Integrated Learning includes placements, internships and work experience. It is increasing as students are expected to be more work-ready and to contribute to the economy post-graduation.
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Work placements are leaving many students with high debts.
Job shadowing is one way that students can understand career options in their Rust Belt communities.
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Rust Belt youth often want to stay near home but can't find jobs. The key may be in educational initiatives that help young people find and acquire the jobs that are already readily available.
Young people from disadvantaged backgrounds may find it harder to get unpaid work experience.
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A new study quantifies unpaid work experience in Australia and shows how some young people miss out.
Internships give students the skills to navigate real world situations like interviews.
Students who complete internships at university are better at managing their careers and are satisifed with their career choices, research shows.
Interns may have to give up time at paid work to do an unpaid internship.
Internships can have direct and indirect costs that may exclude some who can't afford them.
A lot of research on internships is based on perspectives of employers and interns, which makes the findings less objective.
There isn't a lot of research on whether an internship will secure you a job.
When does an internship cross the line and become unlawful?
Employers run the risk of breaking the law if they are getting interns to do work that otherwise would be done by paid employees.
Interns will earn an extra $200 each fortnight under the new program.
The path to employment is not easy for a young person. Follow the lines in our flow chart to see the many different pathways young people might have to take to secure a job.
The World Health Organization’s executive boardroom.
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It is time to have an open and honest discussion about who is – and isn't – being trained to secure the future of our world’s health at the World Health Organization headquarters.
Elite students get elite jobs.
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Even though America claims to be a society based on hard work and meritocracy, rewards go only to those with the right college degree.
And that’s the truth.
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The use of unpaid internships in the human rights sector has ballooned in recent years. While human rights bodies have employed interns in a general work experience capacity for decades, the last few years…
Some companies have been known to treat interns as free labour instead of skilling them. But employment rates suggest internships are still worthwhile.
In Australia, interns rarely get paid. Students and prospective employees undertake internships in order to skill themselves in the industry they wish to work in and to get a foot in the door. Issues arise…
Students at last February’s London Fashion Week.
It is often said that, without interns, London Fashion Week wouldn’t run at all. At last year’s edition of the event, representatives from this usually invisible workforce made an appearance, demonstrating…
The increase in medical graduates means there’s not enough internships to allow them to practice. So who is given priority and why?
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“At the moment, we’ve got international graduates who are getting preference over Australian doctors in some states.” - Australian Medical Association president Steve Hambleton, National Press Club Address…
With stable jobs in short supply, what does the future hold for Australia’s young workers?
The term “precariat” conveys the idea that the old working class, the proletariat, has transmuted into a new social class where work and life are characterised by precariousness and risk. While the old…