In this paper, I will introduce the educational overseas career program designed and executed by the author and validate the effectiveness for students. The program aims to cultivate general capabilities(cognitive, theoretical, social and cultural skills as well as broad knowledge and experience) through students’own proactive quest with active learning. The program entails discovery learning, problem-solving learning, experience learning, and explorative learning. It offers two credits and entails completing pre-and post-guidance in Japan, overseas training at local companies, and compiling a final report. The program started in 2008, and so far has conducted overseas programs in California, US (2008,2009), Paris, France (2010), San Francisco/ Silicon Valley, California, US (2011), and New York City, US (2012-2016), with a total of 69 participating students. It is essential to provide students with career education that enhances their qualifications for becoming highly capable professionals, and motivates them to enter the workforce. The attrition rate among college graduates in Japan during their first three years of employment is increasing. The significant gap between the readiness of college students and the qualities required for entering the workforce and sustaining employment is contributing to a national problem characterized by a growing number of students incapable of integrating into society.
Mayumi Hori, Chuo University, Japan
Stream: Learning Experiences
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