When Two Worlds Collide

Join us for this #chat2lrn on Thursday, February 2, 2012 at 16.00GMT/ 11.00EST. And tell your colleagues to join us! (Check the How to join in the chat link for more information.)

There are many disconnects between the world of education and the world of work, and many of us feel that they are getting wider, especially in light of the world’s  economic problems. Entering the workplace involves different cultural issues, expectations, access, information, and technologies than the world of education.

Finishing school or getting a degree is not enough, especially in the current economic  climate. Graduates and school leavers need to know what employers are looking for, and then prepare themselves for the skills and attributes that organizations are looking for. They need to understand the world of work and how to work in an environment where not only are there often many more constraints, but also where the rules and protocols are not as obvious as they were in school or at university. As an employee, you frequently have to make decisions on your own and need to learn how to use a number of different tools, protocols and devices, often with little or no help or time. You also need workplace survival skills!

Where are the ‘new-to-the-workforce’ workers supposed to get these skills? From their educational experience or from the workplace, or both?

Those of us who support learning in the workplace probably don’t spend enough time considering the learning and workplace ‘survival’ needs of those who are coming to us from school and university and yet, it’s an important issue, worthy of our consideration. Likewise, schools and universities don’t seem to place enough emphasis on how to ease the transitions from ‘there’ to ‘here’.

However, some changes are afoot, both in the world of work and in primary/elementary and secondary/high school education to try and remove some of the disconnects. The question remains though, will these changes be sufficient to prevent the two tribes  (education and work) going to war and the inevitable outcome?

Before participating in this #chat2lrn take a look at these 3 articles, all of which make a number of very important observations with regard to this debate:

Nic Laycock: Doing the same things – but not sure learners see it that way http://niclaycock.blogspot.com/2012/01/doing-same-things-but-not-sure-learners.html

Steve Wheeler: Border crossings http://steve-wheeler.blogspot.com/2012/01/border-crossings.html

CBI – Future Fit: Preparing graduates for the world of work http://www.universitiesuk.ac.uk/Publications/Documents/FutureFit.PDF

Further reading:

Mark Sheppard (@elearningguy) has written a blog post reflecting on the discussion https://elearningguy.wordpress.com/2012/02/04/reflections-on-chat2lrn-the-businesseducation-gap/

Company and Business Law Advice: What do your children need to know to succeed in today’s world?  http://www.med08.org/what-do-your-children-need-to-know-to-succeed-in-todays-world-and-what-can-you-do-to-help-them-at-school-and-at-home.htm

Questions from today’s chat

Q1) What major skills gaps do you see in people coming from education that make it hard for them to adapt to your organization? #chat2lrn

Q2) What role do school and universities have in readying students for the world of work? #chat2lrn

Q3) What role do organizations have in helping new graduates adapt to the world of work? #chat2lrn

Q4) What does the world of education need to do to encourage the learning needed for success in the workplace? #chat2lrn

Q5) How are current economic realities in both worlds exacerbating these problems? #chat2lrn

QWrap) Chatting is great…but reflection and action are better. What is your ‘take away’ from our chat? #chat2lrn

2 thoughts on “When Two Worlds Collide

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