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Ratence (The essential social network for talented students)
Ratence provides (and broadcasts) on-campus debates for students to describe their ideas and get them awarded based on number of votes.
As a UCLA student, I was wondering where we end up after finishing our studies. So I started my research on graduate students from different universities and studying other researches that have been done before. As a result, I found 4 types of graduates. Two groups of losers and two groups of winners:
1. Losers type A: The graduates who could not find a job related to their studies and still search for it.
2. Losers type B: The graduates who could not find a job, so decided to work in a field irrelevant to their studies because of financial needs.
3. Winners type A: The graduates who found a job related to their studies, but are not satisfied with it.
4. Winners type B: The graduates who found a job related to their studies and are satisfied with it. But while they seems to be the happy ones, they make some other people unhappy. Guess who? Their employers!
According to a survey conducted by an Associate Professor in Elon University from Silicon Valley employers, only 14% of them were happy with communication skills of graduate students. According to the same survey, the employers say these students have some weak points which need to be improved. The top weak points on their list are: Public speaking, interpersonal skills or in other word confidence. Wow, we got to know three groups of unhappy students in the beginning and now this group of happy students with no confidence. Let's go even further. Think of a talented student who could be good fit for a position in a reputable company but he or she get wasted in first three groups and someone with less abilities take the position.
Some people say the talented students would find their way to the success. It is true but we know that in some cases, it is highly time-consuming and even apart from that, why put them in risky positions of those groups which make them or other people unhappy?
"My friend got LUCKY to find a job in ...(Big Company Name)". We heard enough of sentences like this from graduates. But why nobody thinks of a way to provide them equal chance to show their potentials and get them the jobs they deserve based on their true skills. I don't want to hear the word "LUCK" around success anymore. I want to see students earn success by themselves. It is so strange that there are so many talent shows out there that are trying to introduce a new stars to the society and we forgot that dancers or singers are not the only stars that society need. People who will shape our future are today's students who are studying neurology, engineering, politics or economy who may not have an opportunity to explain their theories to us.
But in near future they can with Ratence.
How does it work?
Ratence team will sit right beside the students in campus to gather their suggestions on debate subjects. The next step is to interview with each candidate to check if he/she qualifies for the subject or not. After qualification round, 16 candidates will be chosen on 4 different subjects (4 candidates per each subject) to have debates every week which will be broadcasted live on YouTube and Ratence. After the debate, other students can vote for their favorite candidate until end of the season. The candidates who get highest number of votes on their Ratence profile will be awarded in a ceremony every season/semester. No matter who won the award, all the candidates introduced their theories and they will find their fans. Likewise employers who monitor theories that have been discussed in debates will contact to hire the candidate whose ideas were in same direction as their's.
Now think of a HR recruiter at the moment who is reviewing applications he received for an important position in his company. What elements can he trust? The CVs that have been rewritten by the agencies? Facebook and Linkedin pages that filled with friend's and family's Likes and Endorsements?
Some may argue that Ratence on its own may not make the future a better place, but what we can agree upon confidently is that it will be a path for many individuals who will make the future a better place. So lets do this together to have a better future.