Listening to a leading teacher speak at a recent event, it came as no surprise that he admitted that teachers were probably the worst people to give students and pupils career advice. It has always been so when I was about to leave School in 1975 a tweed clad teacher of advancing years gave the careers talk to me. It appeared I had a number of options which included.
1. Getting a job at a bank (a job for life…)
2. Joining the armed forces (and branch would do)
3. Attending further education to resit as is was expected my exam results were to be less than average.
4. Do the above and then apply to a polytechnic or university.
5.Become a teacher
6. Apply to a local engineering company for an Apprenticeship (7 years before a living wage)
7. Stay unemployed as the State at the time was a generous benefactor.
None of above suited me but I persisted with 3 and 4 because at that time grants for education were readily available which meant that it was one step up on 7 but staying pretty close to it.
Now moving on 45 years what is left of that approach? More than you would have thought… Listening to teachers there are the very similar options although the University one comes a quite a high personal cost.
Having experienced overseas working there is an option which if handled well and supported properly by qualified and experienced people is probably more appropriate for the current workforce of the most recent generation this would be enjoying the freedom and pain of becoming an Entrepreneur or even just working for yourself without the backstop of anybody sitting around waiting to bail out the failures.
Why aren’t our Children leaving school with higher aspirations and a business plan in tow?
If we don’t want a failed generation we have to give them the tools to be successful not more of the same…