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    Posted: Nov 15 2013 at 2:12pm

I know college isn't just supposed to be a stepping stone to a career...it's an experience too...but considering how much college could institutions do a better job of preparing the potential workforce for work? How much should be left up to the student in finding work and how much accountability should the college take?

 
How would you rate your school in preparing you to be a member of the workforce? Could they have done a better job, or should that even be a factor?
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I think my school is doing a good job. There are a lot of practicum, field work and tutorial classes, as well as mandatory internships. I appreciate that the curriculum is more hands on than it is theory.
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that's not what i went to college for. my school prepared me to go to school so more 

workforce is just real experience and no class or summer research/internship is going to do that for you. 
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No, they aren't
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Good question! I feel like colleges are not fully preparing their students because the professors are too worried about giving meaningless papers or tasks to do instead of what is applicable in life.
For example, I took a Spanish online course where all the professor did was make us read some modules, then read something VERY similar on the website we had to do the homework, then we had to log in daily to do quizzes because it was a pop-up quiz, therefore we never knew when it would happen, and then more homework. I can read and speak in Spanish (I would say intermediate level), and I learned NOTHING because the woman just wanted to keep us busy, not learning.

I also feel like many schools baby the students. I go to a community college. I have an English professor who studied AND taught at Harvard. I was very excited to take her class because I thought I would learn something in the Harvard-level without paying the high tuition.......... but since she probably had so many students fail her class due to her high education and requirements (remember, she taught at Harvard, so most likely she was used to much better papers and discussion arguments), she makes silly quizzes such as to give definitions of words, to say who was the main character of the reading and crap like that...
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I honestly don't think that it's most schools' responsibility to prepare students for the workforce.

I think if you're going to school for a trade or an applied profession (like nursing, HVAC, accounting, etc.) then yes, the school should require actual working experience as part of its curriculum.

But when you're getting a liberal arts or general degree, it's really incumbent upon the student themselves to search out opportunities and make it happen. Schools should just facilitate that.
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I would give my grad school a c

and you might think oh that's not fair, blah blah lol

but I have been contacted by current students that are getting ready to graduate and feel the same way I felt when I was in the program

if you do not want to follow are certain path, you receive little to no help, even if you ask
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College is about learning theorems. 
Vocational school is about actual work.
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depends on the major/degree. in my experience, no. like samone mentioned, you're being groomed to go to the next level of school.

in my case, there's (understandably) a large focus on theory, but there should be just as much (if not more) application/interning/practicum. they're setting students up for failure (in a sense) conferring degrees related to jobs that want experience new grads haven't acquired yet. 

how else will they begin to gain experience, if not through their school?
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crazy thing is many jobs now say ____ year/years of professional or full time or postgraduate experience required

I have no idea how you get that experience when you are in school lol

if you have an internship that may mean nothing and usually its very difficult to hold down an 8 hr a day job and go to school

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