The new CEO of General Motors secured her first position with GM as a co-op student.
Now I can’t say that everyone who does a co-op work term will become CEO of a multinational corporation, but it is encouraging to see the value of experiential education on a person’s career path.
Experiential education, “puts an education to work” and practically informs the learner about a career that a classroom environment can’t accurately or faithfully simulate.
Experiential education can affirm career goals, or alter career paths through revealing unexamined expectations, perceptions and labour market realities.
Experiential education provides the learner the pragmatic experience that employers desire from new hires, while providing tangible examples of acquired skills and providing a forum to demonstrate learning, critical thinking, team work, communication, numeracy, innovation, creativity, emotional intelligence, and character.
Experiential education affords an organization an opportunity to recruit potential candidates, and allows potential candidates to critically evaluate the merits of an organization/career through a mutually beneficial and agreed upon work term format.
Experiential education connects and engages the academic and non-academic communities; creating a bridge of learning, shared goals, best practices and collaboration.
Experiential education connects people, builds networks and facilitates synergies that influence change.
Rev up your future through experiential education!!!