Millennials May Be Ill-Prepared for Careers: Crowdfunding Campaign Aimed at Addressing Job Readiness, Developing 21st Century Career Planning Tools

Colorado-based Watershed is launching the Indigo Project, a crowdfunding campaign designed to raise awareness and funding about how to better match high school seniors to programs at colleges and universities across the United States. TTI Success Insights is working in collaboration to execute and support Watershed's Indigo Project.

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"We hope today’s higher education system becomes a free market, where only the best institutions succeed due to their ability to prioritize students’ passions over continuing to operate in silos.”-- Sheri Smith, CEO and founder of Watershed

Scottsdale, AZ (PRWEB) July 16, 2014

As education continues to change, one grassroots organization is launching the Indigo Project, designed to empower young people to make the learning process more personalized and better aligned with future career planning.

Today, employers’ concerns are mounting over Millennials’ perceived readiness for the workplace or their failure to meet job expectations altogether.

  • 61 percent of business decision makers give colleges and universities a “C” or lower on preparing recent college grads for their jobs.
  • 41 percent of business people give the grads they have hired a grade of “C” or lower on being prepared for the workplace.

Source: Bentley University’s PreparedU Project

Conversely, high school- and college-aged students are growing frustrated that education is far too focused on subject-area comprehension rather than building upon skill development and better understanding self.

“In essence, with the help of our funders, we are launching an education revolution that aims to shift the system away from standardization to a system that empowers and trains students to find work they love,” said Sheri Smith, CEO and founder of Watershed and the Indigo Project, http://www.IndigoProject.org.

The Indigo Project is an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to raise awareness and funding about how to better match high school seniors to programs at colleges and universities across the United States.

It is based on collaboration between TTI Success Insights (http://www.TTISI.com) and Boulder, Colo.-based education social enterprise (501c3 status pending), Watershed. TTI SI is providing the matching system based on metrics from its validated and research-based behaviors, motivators and skills assessments. For 30 years, TTI Success Insights has provided science-based, validated assessments that help leaders place people in the right jobs, develop talent, and build winning teams.

“We want to empower students to attend universities that offer programs best tailored to their career aspirations and interests," Smith said. "Through the Indigo Project, we hope today’s higher education system becomes a free market, where only the best institutions succeed due to their ability to prioritize students’ passions over continuing to operate in silos.”

One goal of the Indigo Project is to create a searchable database of at least 100 alternative higher education options from across the nation, categorized by an individual’s motivational style, where students can best excel based on their top inherent skills. Both traditional and non-traditional institutions will be included.

“Education is on track to a revolutionary change,” said Dr. Ron Bonnstetter, vice president of research and development for TTI SI. “We want young people to be passionate about what they are learning so they can transform those skills into success in the workplace while planning and dictating their own future.”

For more information about the Indigo Project and to donate and become involved, visit http://igg.me/at/indigoproj.


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