There is a really funny radio ad that comes on in my local area, where the commentator is giving a commencement speech in which he is congratulating the students for having completed their college degrees, he applauded them for graduating with insurmountable debt and predicted that many of them would end up back home sharing a bedroom with their siblings. The infomercial-while humorous, really drives home that fact that many students are graduating with enormous amounts of student loan debt, and without the prospect of immediate employment at their dream jobs.
One day on my way to work I really reflected on this radio ad, as a result it caused me to have several conversations young people and adults regarding their high school and college experiences. As a result of those conversations, I realized that a pattern began to emerge. That pattern being the lack of fundamental information and education that prepares them for day to day life. I began to ask everyone what was the one thing that they wished that had learned in school. The number one answer was money management.
Other common topics frequently mentioned included Time Management; Decision Making; Making Plans, Setting Goals and the execution of the plans and goals. It’s amazing that in this age of information technology that we are still missing some aspects of life skills training in our public school systems. I am a big proponent of self-education and I often tell the young people in my life to educate themselves. With google, the internet and sites like YouTube there is no limit to the free information available to us.
So why is it that we rely solely on the public school system or on the formal education process to educate ourselves and our children. Have we been so brainwashed into thinking that the only path to success is through the normal process of education? There are so many stories of people who have led successful lives and have not completed their secondary education, don’t get me wrong I am not saying that there is no need for advanced diploma’s and college degrees, quite the opposite. What I am saying however is to not limit yourself if you do not have the means in which to further your degree. I implore you to take advantage of the free information made available to you. Sites such as We Care Now offer a one stop shop for links that foster leadership information and education. Don’t be that student that leaves school with mountains of debt and no money management skills, there are also programs such as the positive youth development program and many others that provide access to life skills training.