I think we need to discuss the ‘career’ thing. Because many young people ask me ‘career’ advise. I know you get these requests too.
I am very careful in dispensing advise to young people, especially when I do not know them enough.
There are few reasons
1) Youth, especially Gen Z ( born after 1997) have placed mental health problems and bullying at the top of their issues list, according to the economist. They are exam obsessed, spend lot of time on social media. This is what the world they were born offered them. Parents want their children to have the best. They grow up with abundance. Many options in life. That just confuses them a lot. Attention is a scarce resource.
3) Gen Z is creative and smart. I am amazed by their performances. Workplaces and schools are not equipped to serve them. Yeah, that’s on us too.
So what is the solution ?
There are many, but these solutions need patience and attention in to individual aspirations. We need to get the basics right.
First place to start is there no such thing as a ‘career’. It’s gone. Yeah, that might seem a radical place to start. But it is the truth we are trying to avoid.
I am creating a framework for a module to help find purpose at an individual level through a workshop for GenZ. If you are interested to jump in with your ideas, energy, leads, or anything at all, drop a comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
There were 4 stages of industrial revolution. 1765 – First Industrial Revolution – because of steam engine. 1870 – Second Industrial Revolution – because of new sources of energy: electricity, gas, and oil, and inventions: internal combustion engine, telegraph and telephone. 1969 – Third Industrial Revolution – because of electronics, telecommunications and computers. after 2000 – Fourth Industrial revolution ( Industry 4.0) because of high speed internet driving innovations in artificial intelligence, internet of things, smart phones and many many advances in tech every month. Industry 4.0 defines how we live, trade and work in a way we fail to understand. It’s changing too fast.
Industry 4.0 is mostly digital. Digital laughs at the world long gone in analog. Industry 4.0 creates millions of jobs, while eating up existing jobs.
See below video and reflect whether your child is learning the skills explained in this video. Those skills are already in demand, not in future.
Now the biggest issue is our education systems: starting from school to university. We are still feeding youth to an education system introduced in 1940’s which produced employees able to work in Second Industrial Revolution. In Plain speak, that education system produced people good for work in factories and admin work in 1940’s !
Isn’t it crazy to think that we are still using a 100 years old methodology to educate our youth? Why do you want your child to be caged in 1940’s when you can easily give him access to education that will help him thrive in new jobs created ?
The sticky obstacles: It’s a mind game. -Getting your child to a reputed school is a status update. New jobs laugh at our obsession with the status play. – Getting A’s in exams is still a sign of intelligence. Artificially Intelligent machines are laughing at your obsession. Your child is obsolete, even before he steps in to the school.