Let’s Stop Asking Children What They Want to Be When They Grow Up

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1. Give children more real-world experiences

Schools should promote exposure to a variety of career fields and experience working in the real world before committing to a singular job choice. As a former high school teacher, I think there’s a huge opportunity to ensure that students don’t just sit in a classroom all day but instead must go out and connect with the real world to learn about their passions and skills.

2. Learning should be about skills, not job preparation

Schools should promote learning new skills and connect those to the real-world, especially institutions of higher learning. The only way to keep up with accelerating change is to become a motivated learner who can adapt with the change and pivot into new jobs as technology disrupts ways of working. So why not re-think the idea of “majoring” in a degree and having one lifelong career?

3. Ask better questions

Of course we still want to help guide and mentor our youth toward a happy, prosperous life. The best way to do that is to ask different, more helpful questions. Try asking questions like “what are you passionate about?” and “what do you love to learn?”. Then, we can point children in the direction of jobs and experiences that can help them decide the next move to grow their future.

Stories of a former high school teacher, now business consultant. Husband. Travel fanatic. Obsessed coffee drinker. And all-around nerd.

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