Having 2 kids, I spend a lot of time thinking about the future.
What will they be like when they grow up?
Whose qualities will they take?
Will they go to university or learn a ‘trade’?
It is this last question that I have been concerning myself with recently. Not just for my own children (they are only young still) but all young people.
With university fees, cost of living, employment rates etc, is going to university such a good idea?
I can only speak from personal experience and as always, I speak my truth.
I did not attend university. Who knows where I would be or what I would be doing if I had?
Instead of learning, I was living. And it was through this living that I learnt.
Our schools fail to teach life skills properly (this is in no way a criticism of teachers. It is our curriculum that is in need of change) and a university course will only further the education in a particular topic.
So why don’t we encourage our children to ‘live’?
To be a part of the real world?
To learn life skills; how to open up a bank account, how to search for the cheapest energy provider, how to write a professional e-mail, how to spend money sensibly?
There are young adults, who are highly educated who have no idea how to undertake such tasks.
These life skills are so important and yet no one is teaching them.
Similarly, other skills are becoming less and less popular.
Speaking from the horological world, watch repairers are in very short supply.
Highly trained people are desperately required, yet as with many other trades, these are not encouraged in a society that pushes academia over ability. I am not sure why this is. I am not sure why we do not motivate our children to seek a trade as a viable option.
Who knows what my own children will decide to do when they are older.
I may need them to help me to repair watches…or maybe one of them will decide to become Prime Minister….?
Only time will tell.
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This post was written by The Repairs By Post Team H