Good academic results in school or university will no longer guarantee employability or a successful career. Family life is also facing ever increasing pressures with the influence of technology, reduced family time and the lack of strong positive role models for the young. Furthermore, schools have to deal with many challenges over and above their remit such as mental health issues, bullying and disengaged learners. So, what do our children need to be Life-Ready?
Responsibility – One of the primary goals parents and schools share is independence.
Parents need to gradually extend the leash whilst schools offer opportunities for independent learning. Our children can only become responsible if they are given responsibility. We want them to take responsibility for their moods, actions and ultimately their life. The essence of immaturity is someone who is emotionally reactive and who blames others for their failures. The environment our children grow up in and the skills they acquire determines whether they remain dependent or gain independence.
Socio-emotional skills – All jobs require excellent relationship and communication skills.
Our ability to manage our emotions, have empathy for others and work well with diverse people are the most vital employability skills. These skills need to be practised throughout adolescence. We face two challenges in developing these skills; increased isolation due to a dependence on technology (no social skills), and increased focus on academic results.
Self-organisation – The ability to self-organise and self-regulate our behaviours.
Achieving worthy goals and developing meaningful relationships lays the foundation of a successful life. The ability to plan, prepare, organise, make decisions, take initiative and be resourceful. Schools and parents need to provide a culture and platform where our children get to learn and practise the skills of self-management. To be able to self-organise more than knowledge is required, it involves self-awareness, self-motivation and the skillset to apply what we know. Most importantly it’s about setting goals, tracking our progress, making changes if goals are not being achieved and learning from the experience so that we can adapt in the future.
Resilience – The ability to adapt oneself to different situations.
Learning from disappointment is a critical life skill. Parents can help avoid mental health problems by making sure their children feel unconditionally loved and provide consistent rules (build respect and trust). Schools can help by helping our children develop a sense of purpose that gives them a compass to direct their goals so that they can stay on track when faced with difficulty.
During the August summer holidays we are running two workshops
The workshops are designed to help negotiate these challenges.
Please visit www.unitededucationgroup.com or call 020 8335 66 70 for details.
Written by – Clinton Lamprecht – Chairman United Education Group