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Wandr gains national recognition

by Cheryl Quang

18/12/2023

Overview

Wandr's launch has captured interest from leading news outlets including The Herald Sun, Daily Telegraph, The Courier Mail, Adelaide Advertiser, The Sector & Education today...

Wandr's launch has captured interest from leading news outlets including The Herald Sun, Daily Telegraph, The Courier Mail, Adelaide Advertiser, The Sector & Education Today...

Education Today talks about the fact employers are looking at skills and an ability to learn.

"Gen Z is entering a job market that values adaptability, creativity, collaboration, and digital proficiency. However, research shows 42% of Australian students are still choosing from the same top 10 traditional careers their parents and grandparents pursued. Even more concerning is that over a third of Australian teenagers aspire to jobs that are at high risk of automation. This suggests that the skills nurtured in classrooms may not translate into employability, leading to a perplexing and often disheartening transition from education to employment.

In an age where technology and automation are reshaping the workforce, young people are succumbing to the pressure to follow in their predecessors' footsteps, without considering the rapidly changing landscape of the job market. Students need access to up-to-date information on their chosen career pathway and the skills that will be in demand. The consequence is a lack of diversity in career aspirations, which is detrimental to both individual growth and the nation's economic future.

The sense of disconnection extends beyond the immediate challenges of education and employment, it also breeds anxiety, doubt, and a crisis of identity. Cheryl Quang, CEO of Wandr and Online Courses Australia (OCA) says the disruption to education, job losses, financial uncertainty, and social isolation have all weighed heavily on Gen Z's shoulders. Amidst this environment of intense pressure, students are expected to make huge, potentially life-defining decisions about their career pathways."

Read the full article here.

The Herald Sun documented a case study with Wandr student, Justin Reynolds.

"Queenslander Justin Reynolds, 20, finished school three years ago and has worked several jobs since then, including as a kitchen hand, landscaper, labourer and concreter.

Now employed as a renderer, Reynolds wishes he had been made more aware of some of the newer job offerings while he was still at school and says he would prefer a more mentally- challenging role than the physically-demanding work he has done to date.

“I’ve moved around a bit and am still looking for the job that’s ‘the one’,’’ he says. “I still don’t really know what that is but I do know it has to do with using my brain instead of my hands. I’ve always been a bit tech-savvy and I’d love to do the study (required) to do something computer-based. I find things like bitcoin trading and all that very interesting.’’

Generation Z is plagued by stress and indecision when it comes to careers, with young people increasingly regretting their tertiary study choices, according to research from new online learning and career and discovery platform, Wandr.

Of the 70% of young Aussies headed to university, just 41% feel confident about their career choices, while one-in give drop out in their first year, the research finds."

by Cheryl Quang

18/12/2023

Overview

Wandr's launch has captured interest from leading news outlets including The Herald Sun, Daily Telegraph, The Courier Mail, Adelaide Advertiser, The Sector & Education today...

Wandr CEO

Cheryl

Quang

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