I have in the past complained about the kind of education system I endured back in India where most of the learning was based on memorising. The only subject I remember fondly from school was English because you couldn’t memorise things like essays and compositions and reports. In fact, I think we learnt English really well in school.
One thing I’ve noticed about the Aussie school system which I really like (apart from having assessment tasks in addition to written exams) is that in Year 10, students have a couple of weeks of work experience.
Basically, the students go out to one workplace for a week in one term and another place the other term and suss out different jobs. They get to observe workers and assist (depending on the job, of course!)
And it makes me wish we had had something similar.
At 15, you are young and naive and have this egocentric worldview. In India, what was worse was that you had to choose your field of choice pretty much after Year 10. So basically, as a 15 or 16 year old, with no work experience whatsoever, not much knowledge on what actually jobs involve (apart from your own fantasy view based on TV), you are thrown into the world of making up your mind what you have to do.
Who the bloody hell came up with that brilliant idea???
I don’t know if anything has changed. But if one thing should, I reckon all schools world over should adopt a work experience week or even month.
I saw some high school students this week with primary school teachers and observing them in their job. It’s not a picnic as some people think. Managing a class of 20-odd 5 year olds can be a nightmare! I’ve observed it first hand (and I will not swap my role with teachers any day!!!). With students getting a chance to actually see what it’s like, it would help them get a realistic view rather than something based on what someone said.
When I think back now, in year 10, I didn’t even know what a psychologist was, let alone what a psychologist did!!!??? And I did have a fantastical view of journalism back then (Someone forgot to tell me that weird hours and public speaking were involved)
How many others are there that take up a career path based on what someone said or on what they saw on TV or the internet and realised years down the track that it wasn’t what they thought it to be?
How many have regrets?
I’m not saying work experience will be the answer for everyone, but it’s one way of sniffing out what’s there in store…
Until next time,