How can we equip young people with the skills, information and opportunities to succeed in the world of work? read the brief
Hurdles & Success Stories
Share your story, or someone else’s, about the hurdles you faced and/or the successes you achieved when you first entered the workforce, or made another big life transition. Find out more...
Skills & Training
Help us identify new types of ‘soft’ and ‘hard’ skills that today’s young people might need to succeed in the workplace, and the ways in which they’re being acquired. Find out more...
The Employer’s Perspective
As an employer what’s your perspective on supporting young people in their transition to work? Find out more...
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What are some great examples of how businesses, governments, educators and NGOs have collaborated to help young people into employment? Find out more...
Why is some people successful and some unsuccessful? A description by Malcom Gladwell
Three books that give young people a great panorama about what success really is and how to achieve it by telling the stories of outliers and their journey to the finish line.
Malcom Gladwell is a british sociologist that wrote three books about success: "Outliers" , "The tipping point" and "Blink". All of them focus in convincing the reader that, in a world like today's, success may be defined by lucky strikes and random advantages. This pattern must be unfair to any extent, so Gladwell suggests things to focus on and things to dismiss while trying to build a successful career.
These books are all very interesting and entertaining, filled with astonishing facts. I think every young person in the late college years should read them.
Maybe colleges could teach students to use the unfair opportunities of today to their advantage in a way that their success stops being determined by luck.
Contribution submitted by: Diego Angel Hakim
June 06, 2012,
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