One of the primary reasons students go to college is to increase their chances of getting a good job. However, it takes college graduates an average of three to six months to secure meaningful employment after earning a degree; and for early exiters without a credential, the time to obtain a job with a livable wage could be longer.
A solid career-seeking strategy and early exposure to work-based learning (WBL) opportunities are key components to making the school to work transition successful. Work-based learning has been referred to as “test driving a career. These work-based experiences can take on different forms, including internships, co-ops, pre-apprenticeships, and registered apprenticeships.
WBL experiences can assist with narrowing career options, provide opportunities to network with potential employers, assist a struggling student decide on a major, or help to hone job skills directly relevant to future employment. WBL provides an outlet to gain early exposure to employment, allowing students to “earn while you learn.” Work-based learning programs currently exist through programs like JumpStart, On-the-Job-training, externships, LOSFA field outreach services, and WorkReady U.
The Board of Regents invites Partners in Education to join us by becoming a Work-Based Learning site in Louisiana.
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