This blog aims to draw attention to the issues that exist in career guidance, mentoring and the disconnect between education and Industry, Commerce and Public Services.
As a past student of economics and with 20 years in the IT sector looking at the challenges of ERP ( Enterprise Resource Planning) in private and public sector I look for and find evidence of the laws of supply and demand in almost all areas of life including in charitable organisations.
As I started to explore the areas of education, particularly further education as a “supplier” of a fit for purpose students “resource,” with Industry, and Public sector creating “demand” i have come to the shocking conclusion that this is one of the few places where the laws of supply and demand do not, or are at best only loosely applied to this most critical area of our lives. For Global economies to remain or become more competitive we need to be better able to apply these “rules” and models to have the right resource in the right place at the right time. Therefore we need to finesse the variables to ensure that demand is met by more accurate forecasting and by having the highest quality of supply (resource) available in a closer to a JIT ( just in time ) time horizon.
This coupled with the fact that throughout my career I have formally and informally mentored dozens of people and spoken to 100’s who are all in “accidental careers”, the majority lacking in inspiration and passion for roles they have committed their lives to. I have always firmly believed that you can teach skills and help someone become competent at most things, but to become far more successful and achieve new levels of attainment they must have the right attitude, commitment of purpose, enthusiasm and passion for the job or task. This is a broadly held belief and is brilliantly written about in Sir Ken Robinson’s book “The Element”, despite this we do little to discover and encourage people to pursue career choices that suit their personality and interests.
My aim is to debate, explore and attempt to find solutions to this human and economic travesty.