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.