From school to a career: Aligning school curricula with work


Welcome to this page! Need to know how one can get prepared for a career while they are still at school? Why does from school to a career transition matter? They There is beyond a student that only a school can sort out. There is that happens in the classroom that is like to advantage or ruin someone’s future career, did you know that?

Stay on this pay, please and read until you finish. I wanna work you through how a school curriculum can ruin students’ career or enhance it, indeed I’m up to show you that school has a big weight on your career success. If you’re failing, may be your school played a role. If you’re thriving, you should not attribute it all to your smartness!

There are a number of activities and policies that caring governments enhance to make sure that citizens are successful in their careers after school. Some states even see schools before career and tear themselves to make sure everything is well-done at the school levels.

School and Job market: Any possible link?

To prepare a smooth and good students’ transition from school to work or higher level studies, some countries and states have already come out with good projects. To illustrate this point, let us ask Cohen (2008: 22) and Bangser (2008: 9). What stories have they got? They’ve good accounts about the American Diploma Project. The latter is memorable in its having been able to mobilize or appeal to both state governors, education officials (at the K–12 and college levels), business executives, and many others to unanimously work on one important ISSUE: ALIGNING high school curricula with the collective expectations of post secondary education and work.

Why did this matter, that the question you’ve got, right? There a sort of jeopardy to the youth’s future career when no alignment is set between high school learning and work industries’ standards. A non-alignment of school teaching contents (curricula) and work industries’ hiring standards leads to a complete fiasco as far as insuring students’ successful transition from school to work is concerned. Bangser (2008: 9) and Cohen (2008: 22) showed that the stakeholders pleading for “the aligning of what schools teach and what job industries consider to hire new workers” shared the same views. They found that such an alignment is sine qua non.

Assessment in school: a key to thriving career experience

Assessment is a systematic collection of evidence of a learner’s progress. As research has shown it, students develop or tailor their learning approach on the way they are likely to be assessed! If the assessment tasks are likely to be performance or product related, students get ready. It is during this period of “getting ready” for a performance or product (e.g. something well done like a well-written and unique essay, a demonstration of how install electricity from Waring to lighting a room, etc) that students develop skills required for that assessment task. They also develop team work, decision-making, etc skills, al, of which are required on the job market. This is supported scientifically by Ng and Feldman (2007: 117) who demonstrated how a high alignment between classroom/school assessment and students’ future expected role/work can push those learners to develop some sort of ability to identify or mirror themselves in the work or feel positive aspirations of the work role.

Through this, you then see the urgency that there be a step forward so that on the one hand high tests school that students take really serve as readiness tests for college and workforce, and that standards, knowledge and skills required for success after high school should be aligned.

Focus on the right skills required at the job markets

Today, any assessment at school that is worth of its name should consider the most useful 21st century skills. Kaufman (2013: 81-83)is clear about how skills required at the job market can be developed when prospective workers (students/learners) are still at school. The author shows exercises that can foster 21 skills expected of work or job seekers in 21st
century. Many of those exercises can be part of the tasks given in some authentic assessment methods.

Kaufman (2013) also suggests a TFCS (21st First Century Skills) teaching-learning approach whereby TFCS can embedded integrated in the daily classroom instruction, tasks, and assessment. Job apprenticeship or internship in the job industry institutions is an ideal way to prepare well the young students.

Collaboration between schools and job industry institutions

This is a model that enhance job skills. This sounds weird in some parts of the world. But collaboration that works should be closely structured as follows:

Between Educational institutions: Suppose institution A specializes in teaching marketing, it should help apprentices from institution B, who specialize in creative writing

===> Apprentices from B will exit their educational institution with the idea of how to monetize their contents;

===> They will be ready to launch their content marketing;

===> They are likely to get a job from institution A

But how A will be benefiting as a good business today is at least win-win?

——>Institution A will have workers it does not need to retrain from A to Z

——>It will just accept a work they know, they have been working for a while and this save from the troublesome recruitment that usually results in no ideal candidates

Briefly, any other collaboration is possible between multiple educational institutions or departments, industry executives, and Science Foundations. However, it should be benefiting students either in terms of mentorship, internship, or apprenticeship, (Kaufman, 2013: 80).


In this post “From school to a career: Aligning school curricula and work,” I’ve walked you through how schools should offer required skills at the job market. But how on earth? The answer is through (1)  assessment tasks, (2) helping learners to develop TFCS, and (3) involving in collaborations with other institutions. The latter would be serving fields for practice. Such an involvement can kill two birds with one stone: it is a marketing strategy for the schools would get more enrollments and their alumni secure a high probability to get hired easily or build their own business with confidence.


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