Here is an excerpt from an article that we found online that describes the importance of Career simulations and how they can better prepare students for the workforce:
Career educators and counselors have long recognized that factual information about careers and employability skills, presented in traditional classroom formats, insufficiently prepares students to enter an increasingly complex workplace.
Various authors (e.g., Barth, 1984; Klausmeier & Daresh, 1983) have suggested that a shift toward a stronger experiential learning focus in career education could help students make the transition from fact-based learning about employment to skilled job performance.
These suggestions have led to an increase in experiential career education initiatives such as work experience, job shadowing, and co-op education.
The in-class employment simulation has been proposed to provide either an intermediate step between classroom instruction and work placement or a substitute for placement programs where these are not available (or where the student is not ready for them) (Cairns & Woodward, 1994).
A workplace simulation can be an effective way to bridge the gap between students’ initial cognitive understanding of employability skills and their full engagement in the workplace environment.