Roger James Hamilton is a social entrepreneur, futurist, author and co-founder of Genius School – the world’s first global virtual school designed to nurture entrepreneurs. He says there are three actions that all schools and colleges could take to better equip their students with the relevant digital and entrepreneurial skills needed today.
The first, he says, “is partnering with companies and entrepreneurs who have already learnt and are applying the skills the school wants to teach. These partnerships are critical as students will learn what’s most relevant faster from practitioners than via the school’s current faculty. Companies themselves want and need these partnerships to ensure graduates have the skills when they graduate to be employable or entrepreneurial.”
The second is to focus on developing self-awareness skills that ignite each student’s desire to discover the opportunities open to them: “For example, all our students take assessments to discover their purpose, passions and talents, and that inevitably leads to meaningful opportunities that fit their interests and strengths that they didn’t know existed previously.”
The third, Hamilton says, is to see the success of fast-growing edtech companies as collaborators instead of competitors. Genius Group partners with schools and universities to give their students a gateway to global mentors, companies and courses that supplement their education: “We’ve seen students launch start-ups, raise funding, become YouTubers, podcasters and retail investors while still at school and college, building both their confidence and optimism in their path after graduation.”
“We’ve seen students launch start-ups, raise funding, become YouTubers, podcasters and retail investors while still at school and college, building both their confidence and optimism in their path after graduation” – Roger James Hamilton, Genius School
As technology continues to change the working world, employers will have to take responsibility for accelerating skills that aren’t fulfilled in academic education. Creighton agrees: “Simultaneously, education systems need to adapt to ensure they are equipping people with the right capabilities to succeed.” He adds, “It’s no longer enough to provide people with isolated skills. Every individual needs to develop mindsets and ways of working that support innovation, to give them the best possible chance to thrive in the workplace of the future.”
“Every individual needs to develop mindsets and ways of working that support innovation, to give them the best possible chance to thrive in the workplace of the future” – Mark Creighton, Avado
Technology now moves at such a fast pace, says Creighton, “that anything other than consistent patterns of ongoing learning will enable individuals to make a powerful contribution to their employer. Great development programmes take all this into account, whilst encouraging participants to collaborate with and learn from each other.”