Preparing Youths for the Workplace
Edited by Jessie Ee and Agnes Chang
Reviewer: Bertrand Leong
Bridging the School-Work Divide
FOR many students in formal education, school appears to be the only social reality of an organisation—where getting a good paper qualification alone guarantees a cushy job and a stable future. This is far from the truth as schools and workplaces differ in their epistemic culture.
Although educational qualification continues to be a key criterion, deep skills and practical experience are equally, if not, more important for employers in hiring—especially in a job market that is subject to swings in demand and supply, economic cycles, globalisation, technology, and socio-political changes.
Preparing Youths for the Workplace features topics from 16 contributors that help parents, educators, career counsellors, and educational psychologists equip youth with work-related competencies and skills, and eradicate work-related myths.
Contributors offer a wealth of experience. They include lecturers, educators, academics, psychologists, behavioural consultants, a scholar and microbiologist, a government administrator, an executive director, managing director, counsellors, and a communication skills trainer.
The book’s chapters are arranged in three parts: The first paints a realistic overview of the working world, the second discusses developing EQ skills, and the third touches on developing work-related competencies such as internships and networking, to resume writing and interviews, and helping young adults with attention-deficit (hyperactive) disorder (AD(H)D) and high-functioning autism transition to the workplace.
Instead of a cover-to-cover read, the book best serves as a school resource or teaching guide for what could be the basis of a curricular framework that prepares students for the working world.
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