College students face more obstacles to getting an internship. Transportation and having to work a paying job are among the barriers.
Internships send an important signal to employers about how ready a college graduate is for the world of work. But for many students, taking an unpaid or poorly paid internship is not practical.
Work-integrated learning experiences provide people with hands-on opportunities to apply concepts learned in the classroom in the real world.
For post-secondary students, work-integrated learning experiences offer opportunities to gain that first experience on the resumé while planning a transition from school to work.
They might want you, but are they prepared to pay you?
Offering unpaid positions for what should be a paid job is against the law in Australia. What should graduates do then if they're looking to get a foot in the employment door?
Canadian medical students graduate with up to $200,000 in debt, and burnout rates are high.
A 'learn local' strategy, along with increased residency positions and the return of a rotating internship could go a long way towards improving Canada's system of medical training.
It’s not a level playing field.
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In a victory for meritocracy, sandwich placements overwhelmingly go to the brightest students, irrespective of their background.
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.