The status quo is changing and things that held true yesterday, last month, last year no longer do, fundamentally within less than half a generation we learn, work, play, communicate in ways which 50 years ago would have been thought of as science fiction. The speed at which the world is changing means that we have to either adapt and learn or fall by the wayside.
Because of the speed of change our basic fundamental building blocks are falling behind – we still have the same basic education system in place which we did 100 years ago – it has been tweaked and painted in bright colours but in real terms its structure and assumptions have not changed a huge amount it is still a one size fits all approach. Our children learn more about using computers and the world of IT not in the classroom but in front of their games console, on their mobile phone or home pc.
The same applies to the support we have when moving into the world of work either as a fresh faced student out of college and looking for their first step or the experienced business man who has found themselves back in the job market. OK so gone are the glass screens between you and the advisors and the walls and décor are now brightly coloured but we are still treated in a one size fits all manner – our experiences are boiled down in to the lowest common denominator, our personality is stripped away, guidance is given more to get numbers down than to find sustainable and long term employment. Career advice is entirely centred on our skills and little attention is given to our personal preferences – suggest you don’t want that job because you’re not a good fit from a personality perspective and you are threatened with withdrawal of benefit or help – how is this a good environment to nurture people back in to sustainable employment – rather it is designed to destroy self-esteem and leave those going through it feeling patronised and worthless.
Without these two essential aspects being addressed and redesigned for the 22nd century we will be and are missing out on allowing our children, our displaced workers and our graduates and apprentices to reach their full potential.