Do Schools Prepare Students for the Future?

While considering the possibility of pursuing higher education, students wonder whether or not schools prepare them for their future careers. The traditional model of education includes a teacher lecturing and conducting exams. However, this model may no longer be the best way to prepare students for the life beyond the classroom. Today, students hope to gain practical experience and a network as opposed to simply studying from a textbook.

It’s important to understand what’s being studied from a theoretical point of view. However, it’s also critical to have some type of exposure to the real world. So, do schools prepare students for the future? This question is entirely dependent on the school and program attended.

While some schools offer industry experiences, not all students have access. For instance, students who enroll in a business or nursing program oftentimes have real-life case studies across different year levels or work placements with industry professionals.

On the other hand, students who attend university for public relations or marketing may spend an immeasurable amount of time studying theories and writing research papers as opposed to gaining practical experiences.

Similarly, co-op terms aren’t offered to all students, but only to certain programs and in some cases, only a select number of students in the program. Employers notice this lack of hands-on experience, and they claim there is a gap between what they need from young employees and the skills taught in school.

Read on for Maclean’s list of universities most likely to prepare students for employment!

A recent study conducted by Mitchell Institute infers that “schools alone cannot foster all of the skills and capabilities that young people need to find success in work and life”. To ensure all students receive the education they need to succeed in the real world is to form partnerships between schools and industries.

These partnerships will grant equal opportunity for student internships across all program. In turn, students benefit by experiencing their industry, building a close network and easing their transition to work. Further, this closes the gap employers feel exists between skills needed and skills taught.

School-industry partnerships provide a range of experiences

Source: Mitchell Institute

Benefits of school-industry partnerships

Source: Mitchell Institute

Ultimately, schools and governments can enhance the effectiveness of education by expanding co-op work placements and internship programs. Early exposure to careers in turn assists students in making informed decisions about what they want to do.

Universities and the percentage of students who agreed their university education is helping them gain skills and knowledge for employment

Source: Macleans

Employment percentages by program area

Source: Macleans

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