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Dual college education model: the Bridge between students and enterprises

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Dual education model in colleges of Kazakhstan was firstly suggested by President of Republic of Kazakhstan in 2012 at the 2nd meeting of Zhas Otan youth wing of Nur Otan party. Since that time a lot have been done for the purpose of introducing dual education model in Kazakhstani colleges. In this blog I am trying to highlight the results of these actions so far and give my personal opinion toward this reformation of technical and vocational education in Kazakhstan.

The main goal of dual education model is establishment the direct connections between students and enterprises. According to this modal students spend sixty percent of their instructional time at a workplace gaining job skills. After two or three years of studying at class and practicing on enterprises the students are ready to be a professional workers with the experience. The pilot version of this model was implemented at technical college of Almaty and there are already graduates. According to bnews.kz the success of the model was in particularly full employment of graduates on the enterprises where they used to be trainees. Moreover, the benefits that enterprises receive from this program attract more and more of them to collaborate with colleges. It goes without saying, that there is a huge lack of professional staff in such spheres of economy like energetic, IT, construction and welded clusters. As a result, there are already more than two thousands enterprises including such giants KazakhMys, Pavlodar Electrolytic Plant and Samruk-Kazyna Fund are willing to collaborate with colleges. There are 44,000 students studying now by this model and, according to centralasiaonline.com, it is planning to implement the dual education system in one hundred seventy six colleges of the state.

As for me, I think this reformation of technical and vocational education in Kazakhstan is a huge step toward establishing the bridge between students and enterprises for the purpose of increasing the state economic sector. Being a graduate student who was confused in further employment, I strongly support the dual model education and believe that it will bring more positive results rather than negative.

References

http://bnews.kz/ru/news/post/136283/

http://centralasiaonline.com/en_GB/articles/caii/features/main/2014/10/23/feature-01

Education-job mismatch among graduates. Thesis topic

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Qualified, motivated and well-educated specialists are necessary for development of all spheres in Kazakhstan. According to the state programs, Kazakhstan has the clear aim to be one of the most 50 competitive countries in the world. In this context, the education and job match between graduates who have the clear career goals, play the important role in improving the level of economic, social and political situation in the country. In this post I will describe the importance of my thesis theme – education-job mismatch among recent graduates.

The study of reasons and factors which affect on the education-job mismatch of recent graduates is not completely explored yet in Kazakhstan. Generally, some international quantitative studies were conducted, but none of them are investigated the real qualitative evidence about changing the occupation of graduates.

The quality of higher education of Kazakhstan rapidly declined which became an important issue from 1991 due to the private direction of higher education. This problem directly influence on occupations of graduates because universities prepared students for professions considered as popular and trendy such as economics, law, accounting. As the result, the market was crowded by unqualified specialists who faced serious problems, including education-job mismatch and this problem is existing in Kazakhstan until now.

The purpose of this study is to explore the reasons and factors of mismatch between education (field of study) and current job positions of graduates from different fields of study.

The qualitative study with narrative approach will be implemented in this study. The one-on-one interviews of six young specialists with different majors will explore the reasons and factors which influence on education – job mismatch.

This findings and results of research paper will beneficial for following stakeholders: the state policy, students, parents and higher education institutions. By analyzing the factors and reasons of education-job mismatch from perspective of field of study, it is hoped to (1) explore the reasons and factors of mismatch between job and study field of graduates; (2) highlight the specific opinions about the value of higher education major of graduates.

Kazakhstan needs a qualified and motivated specialists in order to be competitive. Hence, the issue of education-job among recent graduates is crucial and this theme should be explored. I hope this study will contribute the deeper understanding of education-job mismatch of Kazakhstani graduates through their personal stories.

Thank you for reading!

P.S. It will be interesting to see in comments your thesis’s themes

Is university that helpful in acquiring teaching profession?

It was really difficult to me to decide which job to choose, but once I decided to become a teacher, I entered university and expected professors to teach me how to teach*. Further I will provide an insight on my experience as a university graduate and novice teacher.

After my university study, I decided that I am more interested in teaching at private language school rather than state one, simply because I supposed that students are already motivated to study. However, the reality turned out to be far from my expectations and now I can argue that children should be constantly motivated and interested in language learning (some people might have come to this earlier) and it doesn’t matter whether they go to state or private school. What surprised and pleased me about my work experience is that we had weekly two-hour teaching sessions where senior teachers organized workshops on how to use certain teaching techniques. After every session I thought: “That’s what they should have taught us to do at university!

During the study we had several opportunities to teach school children each year except the first one. After this practice we had to write reports on what we did and how interesting it was, but, in fact, I didn’t feel that I was really ready to teach. I mean we presented some grammar topics and exercises, but there wasn’t any systematic attempt to make English lessons interesting to children rather than complete the task and get a grade. Having read piles of scholarly literature on methodology of teaching foreign languages and written a diploma work, I didn’t feel skillful enough to engage students in language learning. Luckily, my boss appeared to be brave enough to let me start teaching career.

That was my story of beginning teaching career. I understand that my university teachers couldn’t have given everything I needed as a specialist, but I think I would have benefited as a teacher, if there had been more practical advisory work during my study. Now I feel that I have just started being a teacher; I am really into this profession and the ways I can develop teaching skills.

What about you? I will be really happy if you share your early experience in teaching and describe how your university knowledge matched it.

*here I apologize for tautology