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.
2) Jobs are changing. It will change at a rapid rate. It will never slow down. Our education system has no clue about what is happening in real world. We are stuck in 1940’s. industry 4.0 is upon us, but we are still doing stuff needed for second industrial revolution. This is on us, the adults. We will fail miserably if we do not change this system.
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’.
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