As an unschooling parent, this question often crops up. For some reason, it becomes unthinkable that someone who doesn’t go to school (for most of their life) will be unable to get a job. This thinking needs to stop!
If there is one thing I could have changed as a child/teenager, it would be understanding myself better. Understanding who I wanted to be. What I really enjoyed doing. And what was realistically achievable.
I went to work at the age of 18 not knowing any of this. A lost person in a big world. It took me 7 years to begin to find the path that I am now on and happy with. And that was just the beginning of the path. I’m almost 10 years into that and still feel like I have lots more important work to do.
Not that my youth was wasted (though some of it was!), I can’t help but think how much further down the line I would have been now if I had a better inclination of who I was. Why was I 25 before I felt like I had a clear(er) direction in my life?
As I bring up my kids, my focus is to help them discover who they are and what they want to become. Once they discover that, jobs or ‘making a living’ will follow.
And then there’s the whole other story with the fact that we don’t know what the job market will look like in 10-20 years time. And I am totally convinced that spending 12 years in school will not prepare my kids for the future of work.
Here’s a nice video that talks about the future of work better than I can.