We all know how important life experience is ― how it defines us as humans, helps us understand our inherent values and makes us who we are today.
We grow through our experiences in life!
― (usually someone important).
Education is important, I don’t disagree. So is work experience ― however, I believe that one should seek the opportunity to get into the industry while they are still in school. At 15 years old, you may not know what you want, what you enjoy, where your passion lies, your values or what “lights you up” ― that’s just normal. I mean, most of us feel like we don’t know what we are doing – and we often change direction depending on the circumstance and opportunities we come across.
I would like to talk about how important it is to acquire work experience. I believe we can motivate students as early as high school to explore the workspace ― and grab real experience. This experience would better equip students to ask, and answer, the following questions for themselves:
- What do I like about the job?
- What don’t I like about the job?
- Can I see myself doing the job on an everyday basis?
- Do my values align with the kind of work they do?
and many more…
We are living in the 21st century – the “Ideas Economy”. The next generation preparing to enter the workforce is known as the Global Generation (Gen Z). It is comprised of around 20% of Australia’s population. A research conducted by Vision Critical, The Everything Guide to Generation Z states, “Generation Z is mature beyond its years. The words they use most commonly to describe their state of mind include happy, confident, motivated and excited ― just what anyone would hope for a generation now coming into its own.”
Gen Z is likely to be our most entrepreneurial generation, and given the right opportunities will help them discover where their passion lies. Experience will build confidence – which allows students to pursue a path and steer in the direction best suited for them…
I remember when I was first entering the workforce, every employer I met, every door I knocked, I got the same response – “No experience, No job” ― a catch-22. At the time I realised what I had to do ― get work experience!
I did it the hard way, it took some time, several disappointing moments but at the end, it’s worth sharing my experience to help others with their journey.
I believe work experience allows the next generation to construct their own mindset and help them make more well-rounded decisions.
“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.”
― Mark Twain
I’m currently heading up a project called “The Grand Student Survey”. Our goal is to empower young emerging Australians by providing real work experience opportunity in the area of their interest. We are working with schools, local businesses and industry partners.
Our mission to facilitate connections between students, schools, businesses and the community. Let’s work collaboratively to support them, help find right connections, provide mentorship, and opportunities to experience.
The possibilities are endless when you empower students to be lifelong learners.