A New Solution to an Old Problem

 

“Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world.” - Nelson Mandela

I consider myself to be a “good” parent in the traditional sense. I love my children more than life itself and tell them that on the regular. 

I provide for them. 

I ask them to eat their vegetables.

I talk to them – and more importantly – I listen. 

I’m not a perfect dad though. As I reflect on things I wish I had done differently, I realize that one of my greatest failures as a parent is the way I’ve viewed their educational experience. 

For many years, I asked my children the same question: “What do you want to be when they grow up?

In a rapidly changing world, I’ve been asking the wrong question

Now I know better.  My son is in college and my daughter is finishing high school, and I have begun to ask them, “What problem have you been created to solve?”

The New Teacher Project, a national nonprofit focused on teacher development and educational programming recently conducted a study, outlining their findings into The Opportunity Myth. The issue is this: after finishing high school, students, whether heading to college or straight into the workforce, are finding themselves woefully unprepared for the future. 

They’re finding out that it wasn’t enough to simply attend school, do the work, and pass the tests.

The world needs critical thinkers that can create solutions and leverage experience if they’re going to survive in a machine-driven or AI environment.

Soft skills will never go out of style.

Enter Shannon Johnson. With her “Winning After College” solution, she helps college students transition into their first careers – using thought leadership focused on key ways to get noticed. Her course is for graduates or parents of graduates.

The program benefits graduates who haven’t yet left home and need help and confidence to get themselves out there, armed with their degrees. She coaches parents to work with their children to start their careers

The “Winning After College” series inspires college students and recent graduates to  prepare for their bright futures by aligning them to their true purpose based on their own unique strengths and talents.

Shannon recruited and interviewed a dream team of over 20 extraordinary best-selling authors, world-renowned thought leaders, and motivational speakers, former professional athletes, top experts who have created multi-million dollar businesses, & career coaches, who will give you the edge to get graduates thriving in the real world. 

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Shannon shows parents how to help your young people be relevant in the new economy. They learn how to solving problems and finding solutions vs going to work and waiting to be told what to do. 

With Shannon’s help, students build the bridge to transition from college into their first careers.

Here are three things I want you to do NOW to begin preparing your children for the future:

  1. Meet with your student’s school and find out if the curriculum is preparing them for a career after high school or college. You want your student’s teachers to stretch and push children out of the 20th century to become critical thinkers. Make sure that your children are being prepared for JOBS OF THE FUTURE

  2. Have an open dialogue on a weekly or monthly basis with your children and help them make the connection between what they’re learning in the classroom and how to apply it to the real world.

  3. Every parent should understand how to give their children business reading material - Forbes, Fortune, Fast Company, McKinsey & Co., Harvard Business Review, and initiate a conversation about various articles. Anything that you read and are interested in is fair game! Don’t be intimidated to have these types of conversations. If you don’t, your children may find themselves in their 30s or 40s before they encounter this material for the first time. 

Make the investment now.