Carving a Career Path: Going Where Others Are Not...
The workforce is changing. Education is changing. There’s a Skills-Gap, but luckily there’s also a Maker Movement. Skills that once formed the backbone of the economy are once again returning to the forefront. Across a wealth of new and resurgent industries, those with the ability and drive to work with their hands are in command of their careers.
Successful car companies are already working to recruit more skilled talent. Manufacturing has returned to American shores bringing with it the tangible satisfaction that comes with producing something. The limitless fields of clean energy and building continue to develop, offering opportunity for those anticipating the needs of future employers. The artistic, theoretical and practical are coming together like never before in design, changing the way people think about even the most common objects. NASA’s recently announced their new Orion program that someday will take men and women to Mars has helped kick off another boom in the aerospace sector. Demand for impressive carpentry skills is expected to enjoy continued growth. Airplanes and automobiles are using advanced materials and processes to strengthen structural parts, while showing off impressive style and design.
We may not know exactly what the future holds, and few can fully envision what the next wave of jobs will look like, but one thing we know is that tomorrows leaders and innovators are those who set out to acquire the skills that set the stage to take on those jobs.
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What Bill Belichick Teaches Us About Education
The following blog was written by Josh Singer, Marketing Manager at IYRS.
I never really envisioned writing on the IYRS blog about football, specifically the New England Patriots. It was not until this past football Sunday that I had this realization – Bill Belichick is the perfect candidate to help us improve the education system in the United States.
If I’m about to lose you as a reader already, hang on; give me a few more paragraphs to explain. Bill Belichick is the Head Coach of my favorite football team, the New England Patriots, and the architect of one of the most successful dynasties in professional sports. He has been our coach and leader since 2000, and for 13 years straight from 2001-2013 (and very likely this year), he has led the team to a winning record, making the playoffs in 11 of them and winning the Superbowl 3 times.
OK, he’s a good coach. What’s your point?
The point of all this is not just that he is successful; it is how he has been consistently successful in a job which has more variables than your 9th grade math class. Constantly losing players to injuries, players being traded, players retiring, leaving the team for more money; football teams are a revolving door of players, week-to-week and year-to-year.
But here’s the kicker (pun!):
Coach Belichick does not create a team strategy for which he coaches his players, he coaches to his players strengths, and builds around that.
Please reread that and think about it critically. One of the most successful football coaches in history does not create a system that works and plugs players into it; he identifies his player’s skills and creates the system based on what his player’s skills are.
Wouldn’t it be nice if our education system were the same way? In my time with IYRS, I’ve spent a good amount of time reflecting on my own personal education path and the general path we are expected to take. It’s very much a one-site-fits-all approach, when in reality, building an educational foundation and then empowering youth to explore their interests and build their own marketable skills and career path, is a much smarter system. And one that would produce students who can compete with their peers in other industrialized nations.
As a country, we have over 1 million high school dropouts yearly. One million.Something is not working.
IYRS is not the end all-be all, but we are doing our part for post-secondary career education and preparation. Building career skills, helping students identify their strengths and where they fit in, creating connections, collaborating with degree granting institutions to create think-tanks between the hands-on thinker and the theoretical thinker…these aren’t just marketing bullet points, these are all things IYRS leadership believes in; I can attest to this because I’m here everyday and from North to South of our organization, everyone buys in and believes in what we are doing.
I don’t claim to be the person who can help fix what may be missing as we educate our future leaders – but one thing has become clear to me: our elected officials could learn a thing or two from Bill Belichick. IYRS certainly has.