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In 2005 I graduated from university with a combined degree in engineering and arts, majoring in philosophy. Now, with 15 years of experience as a professional engineer specialising in wind turbine technology, I can look back and compare the practicality and "job relevance" of my two tertiary qualifications. My grade average was almost exactly the same in both courses, and while I would not say that one was easier than the other, they were certainly very different. Engineering grades seemed to be almost directly related to the number of hours spent studying and doing assignments: 10 hours' study might get you a pass, 20 a credit, 30 a distinction, for example. Yes, there was some variation between courses depending on how naturally the content came to me. Distinctions in mechanics of materials took me less study time than in software engineering. With arts subjects, however, there was no such relationship between hours spent and grade achieved. Skills and concepts There were other differences.

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Entrepreneurs push for schools to provide better job-skills preparation Posted about 5 hours agoMon 8 Jul 2019, 10:22pm Investors are calling on educators to include entrepreneurial skills in all schooling to prepare children for the future 'gig-based' economy. Key points: Steve Baxter says a cultural change is needed to accept entrepreneurshipMoves are underway to incorporate entrepreneurial skills in the school curriculumThe search is on for a successful model for entrepreneurial education Proponents of entrepreneurialism say it teaches soft skills such as collaboration and public speaking and should be a mandatory component of the secondary school curriculum.

China’s noisy ‘dancing grannies’ silenced by device that disables speakers Across China’s public parks and squares, in the early hours of the morning or late in the afternoon, the grannies gather. The gangs, made up mostly of middle-aged and older women who went through the Cultural Revolution, take to a corner of a local park or sporting ground and dance in unison to Chinese music. Loud music. The tradition has led to alarming standoffs, with the blaring music frequently blamed for disturbing the peace in often high-density residential areas. But many are too scared to confront the women.

George Town program tackling youth unemployment in Tasmania's north When 26-year-old Sean Wendes left school, he struggled to find work in George Town, where he grew up, and ended up spending years feeling lost and alone. Key points: George Town has a youth unemployment rate of 28.8 per centSome young people change their address on job applications to increase their employment prospectsA new group has formed to improve employment and other opportunities in the town "I'd spent most of my life at school and I really wasn't sure what I was supposed to do next," he said. "[At school] we really only had a few conversations about entering the workforce and I felt uncomfortable and I didn't feel like I had the skills I needed. "It's really, really tough, it's very easy to get despondent and give up — I wanted to give up many times."