What education prepares you for?

Source: Google

What are the requirements of an employer?

Technically, to be an entrepreneur you really don’t need a certificate or degree(s). You need to believe in something, and with focused hardwork — perseverance — failure — more hardwork — … (repeat), you become an employer or an entrepreneur. You would need skills like critical thinking, eye for detail, rational decision making, breaking stereotypes, out of the box thinking, etc.

Now, let’s ask, what are the requirements of a job seeker / employee?

- employee should be knowledgeable and skillful in his or her domain
- s/he should have good soft skills

What else?

Ideally, we feel that a job is all about good tech and soft skills, isn’t it? If you’re thorough with the domain and can express it, then what else you need?
Anybody will hire you.

Sounds simple and obvious, right? Not really.

A Job, many times, requires you to:

- conform to methodology
- follow authority
- believe in seniority whether they make sense or not
- behave accordingly
- withdraw individuality
- stick to mundane routine
- accept coerced timed work plan
- consent to norms
- focus on performance or results
- say “Yes Sir” / “Yes Madam” (even though you might not say it incorporates, but you’re expected to follow it)

Now, let’s look at all those points again, I am just making one change (replacing job with school):

A “SCHOOL”, many times, requires you to:

- conform to methodology
- follow authority
- believe in seniority (teachers) whether they make sense or not
- behave accordingly
- withdraw individuality
- stick to mundane routine
- accept coerced timed work (study) plan
- consent to norms
- focus on performance or results (exams)
- say “Yes Sir” / “Yes Madam”

So, what do you think schools prepare you for?

Do they prepare you for building something / becoming entrepreneurs?
Or they prepare you for becoming good civilized machine like employees?

Think !

PS:

India is actually a land of cheap labour, that is why countries like USA outsource their clerical work to developing countries like India. In America, people hardly complete even graduation let alone post-graduation. And, here we don’t even start working before graduation.

No wonder, CEOs of companies like Google, Microsoft etc. are all Indians.

It’s just that we forget CEOs, after all, are good “employees” only, aren’t they?

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