Apprentice for a day
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nanapublicbgosh Feb 07, 2021
I wish I was smarter. Smartness, comes from getting out of your comfort zone and trying new things. New tastes, cultures, experiences, and languages all compound to rejuvenate your brain and create new connections.
College is great. I will be forever grateful for the knowledge I have received and the motivation and dedication I ingrained in myself. It is not always easy. However there are areas where college itself gets a big old F.
Getting into the job market, the first days are always so stressful for me. But before I know it, i am settling in. What if everyday was like the first day? What if you could experience the first day stress over and over again. Maybe, just maybe, this would make you smarter.
My job finder concept connects you to professionals in every industry and you can shadow them for a day for $100 dollars. You can peer over a lawyers shoulder or be a doctors side kick. The movies arnt real life, but real life could be more like the movies.
$90 of those dollars go directly to the professional for their flexibility, while $10 of it goes to us. I believe this is a proper incentive to get people interested in the program. Its as simple as that.
Aaron Barry Apr 01, 2021
Another way to do this could be apprentice share. This is where employers already have an apprentice and swap/share them with other employers. For example, say you have a divorce legal practice and an apprentice, you could allow your apprentice to spend a day/week or month at another law firm that specialises in a different area like crime as an example. The apprentice that swaps firms get exposure to the area of law they do not encounter from their existing employer.
For the employer the apprentice still needs to do the normal day-to-day tasks so shouldn’t need training from scratch and should be familiar with the general legal practice concepts of time recording, creating statements, case files, etc.
If you hold the database of the apprentices and the employers, then you can arrange the ‘swaps’. In addition, you may have an employer that has an apprentice that is getting in the way and the employer wants you to find a short-term placement for them while they finish working on a big case. You could arrange a temporary assignment in another workplace for them. Perhaps the employer would take an apprentice and help out another employer in return?
I think there is certainly a gap here and a win win for the employer and the apprentice.
Spook Louw Mar 31, 2021
I think it might be asking too much of the professionals to be stuck with an outsider for a day. The apprentices could easily get in the way or prevent the pros from doing everything they need to do.
Perhaps this idea could be approached differently though, maybe you can get someone with expertise in the desired field to give a tour of a "typical working day".
A young med student, for instance, could earn some extra money by taking the apprentice through their normal schedule and showing them around allocated areas of the hospital. Or a law student can sit in a court session with the apprentice and explain everything afterwards.
I think, in this way, apprentices still get the information they are after, whether it be for interest or to help them decide on a career path. Students or retirees get an opportunity to make some money. And the professionals don't get irritated by having to take care of another obligation piled onto their already full working schedule.
Like I said, if the professionals are willing, then the idea is perfect as is, I'm just wondering if they will be able to remain patient and give enough attention to the apprentice if they are busy with their actual work. I think emergencies might arise, which could force the pro to ditch the apprentice, or even just become stressed and lash out at the apprentice/customer for being in the way. By getting someone knowledgeable who is dedicated to only the customer these risks are eliminated.