This is precisely the reason why we started our own higher professional education track (YoungCapitalNext
). 4 months of boot camp in which you learn the basics and practical skills for your coming year. You go to work 4 days a week and back to school for one. You learn with two goals only. Applying theory to practice and developing yourself. We receive a lot of positive feedback from the business community because they come into contact with talent at a very early stage. We not only do this at the higher level, but also at the vocational level. You need to bring people into contact with companies at an earlier stage and let people learn their trade on the job.
We want to scale this up but we are confronted with the fact that the mindset of educational institutions and companies are not ready for this model. For instance, they still ask for a resume. But what kind of resume are you going to submit? You delivered pizzas and stocked shelves at the supermarket? Perhaps worked at call center or restaurant once in a blue moon. The last two are relevant (for sales); you can already discard the first two. At Young Capital, we focus on looking at what kind of person we have in front of us. Where does he or she want to go and to what extent is that person willing to improve him or herself?