Tell Your Story: Generation Do-It-Yourself Pathways for School & Career
eduInnovation and Getting Smart in partnership with the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation are excited to extend the deadline for a submission for the Generation Do-It-Yourself (GenDIY) thought leadership campaign! This campaign about reimagining secondary and postsecondary education and career skills will explore the new generation building a global economy and experiences that are impact driven and entrepreneurial.
Submissions including blogs, video, and infographics will then be highlighted in a digital resource to be released in the Fall of 2016. A few additional details:
- Blog Length: 1000 words
- Images: We’d love to include a high resolution image (964×670), videos or supporting banner graphics.
- Please send contributions to [email protected] + [email protected]
Charting & Beginning Your Own Course
At some point you decide it’s up to you, but how do you decide what to do? You have to take control because it’s up to you.
- Mindset Student Stories: Grit, Perseverance
- Learn and serve: gap-year travel, AmeriCorps, TFA, Peace Corps (e.g. Invest In Your Own Journey: UnCollege’s Gap Year Program)
- Broadening your base: how to scan careers options fast
- What to do? Matching will & skill, mission & task, connecting passions with pathways (e.g. Reconsidering Liberal Arts, the Gig Economy, and Global Trends for Generation DIY, Roadmap: The Get-It-Together Guide for Figuring Out What to Do with Your Life)
Rethinking High School & College
Because it’s not “one-size-fits-all-at-18, two or four years then you’re done” anymore.
- Getting through high school: flex, GED, online, home, alternative, independent study
- College in high school: early college, dual enrollment (e.g. Navigating Early College and Dual Credit Alternatives)
- Cheap credits: community college, CfA, WGU, StraighterLine, Propero
- Career and technical education pathways (e.g. It’s Time we Talk About Career-Tech)
- Colleges serving low-income, 1st gen college students
- College now and later: online options, ROI decisions (e.g. Flipping the College Decision-Making Paradigm)
- Code school: a fast path to a great job (e.g. Code Schools: New Route to Great Jobs)
Learning on the Job
That thing about having seven careers in a lifetime? Here’s how GenDIYers thrive on it. Work experience is as important as formal education.
- Figure out what you need to know and be able to do
- Working and learning
- Finding or creating an internship
- Learn for free: MOOC, OER, TED, apps & tools
- Show what you know: sending signaling
Tools, skills, and advice for (and from) GenDIY.
- Personal management: manage your time and money
- Personalized Learning Plans
- Build Your Brand: positive social media presence, portfolio
- Build A Network: mentors, contacts, references
- Go Together: getting the help you deserve (e.g. Engineer Your Future: Don’t go it Alone, Own it, Create it)
The drivers that are empowering opportunities and options.
- School choice
- Course choice
- Personalized Learning Plans
- Data (e.g. How Data Works to Support DIY Learning)
- Advanced Digital Tools
- Coaching models (e.g. Life Prep Should Include Problem-Based Learning, Failure & Leadership)
- Blurring of Boundaries
Each section will include stories by and about young adults charting their own course: internships that lead to great jobs; artists and online students; code school success stories; “dropouts” who turn to alternative education, and alt ed celebs.
See a topic you are an expert or have experience in? We’re making the case and making known the realities of students who are pursuing careers through alternative pathways. If your contribution is selected, we’ll post an edited version on Getting Smart, submit it to The Huffington Post, and incorporate it into an interactive eBook in the form of a quote, feature, or video.
Follow GenDIY stories here and on Twitter with #GenDIY. For more, check out:
- Getting Smart Podcast | GenDIY: Emerging Options for Students Navigating Life
- Imagine Running a Phone Store While You’re Still in High School
- Living Your Future Is An Authentic Process
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