In general, people tend to learn more on the job than they do in a classroom. I want to start a program where part of each student's degree involves completing 16 of their total 128 units outside of school. This gives the student the opportunity to learn if a specific field is for them, what it takes to be a successful employee, and most importantly help them gain experience. Each internship they complete would be worth a certian amount of units and their would be certain criteria that the internship must fulfill. So many of us come out of school learning stuff that we simply just forgot once we start our first job or just in general find not useful at all. I can say from personal experience that I have learned a lot more from internships than I have in school, so I might be bias. Concepts and principles learned in the classroom can only be so effective. Most principles are valid but are limited to very few circumstances. For example, in economics class why do we assume its a closed economy when doing supply and demand related problems? The world functions as an open economy!! Learning principles that don't complement actual events is useless. I think by having this program it would open up our eyes to actual life conditions and help us make more efficient decisions. Having internship units as part of our degree will allow students to be more prepared for the working world. As a result, there would be a smoother transition from the classroom to the working world.
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