Tonight I went to my son’s school to attend the open evening for 6th form and the whole application process. And it raised a few questions in my mind.
He will soon be required to choose subjects based on his ‘future career’. It surprised me how much importance and weight is given to this process.
It’s predicted that graduates leaving university now will have a minimum of three career changes and fourteen jobs before they are thirty-eight so why apply the pressure to fifteen year olds?
Over the last few years as I’ve learned more about the global shift, the new industrial revolution that is taking place I have been less inclined to steer my son to a University. Also, as I’ve studied really successful people I’ve realised there are quite a few that never actually completed university.
So in terms of entrepreneurs and Emerging Leaders, does university actually offer a disadvantage?
Do the extra few years of being in ‘the system’ take some of the daring and innovation out of our young people in an age where adaptability and flexibility are key?
Do we condition them into thinking like employees looking for a job for life that doesn’t exist anymore?
How should we Lead our Children in a system that’s preparing for the past?
I am so resisting influencing my son in any way and yet I do question whether we are preparing and training our children for a future that’s in the past.
I watch this information revolution, this global shift and I watch how young people around the world are becoming entrepreneurs and learning faster than I ever did and I so want to point my son in that direction.
To be an emerging leader in the information age, doing what he loves with the absolute freedom to be creative, to be ignorant of knowing if something is possible or impossible, to be curious and to avoid having creativity worn down with what is academically acceptable to get good grades.
And I know that at the same time I can’t help but influence him. I am immersing myself in becoming an Emergent Leader and am passionate and committed to my skills and niche.
Even this evening he commented that as the ‘Information Age’ is now on the syllabus it reminded him of what I’d been sharing.
It’s an interesting challenge for me. I want to prepare him for a future that the education system isn’t totally geared up for and at the same time he must choose it.
So I aim to stick with my personal goal of leading by example. He can learn from my mistakes. He can choose what to take on and what to ignore.
How are you preparing your children for a future that we only have an inkling of in a world that is changing faster than ever…
Here’s a powerful video to give you some food for thought. The stats were taken between 2006 and 2009 … what do you think the figures are now … ??
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