For some time I have been trying to figure out how best to help my teenagers prepare for entering the workplace. So far, I have relied on the school system to teach them sciences, languages and many other interesting topics.
I grew up in France and went to school there. My children started school in England. As we moved to Switzerland and got accustomed to the education system here, I realised that the same gaps exist in these 3 systems. They all fail to introduce basic business principles and teach business-oriented skills.
I thought the best way to address those short comings was to leverage my own experience and to explain those principles and teach those skills myself, where I can. And when I can’t, I am trying to put my children in a position where they will be exposed to them.
Today I have registered my son in this pilot programme. The idea is that in the course of the next few months, he will create and grow his own small business, on the side from school, with my help and with the support of a community.
These are the 7 skills I expect him to learn as he goes through this experience:
1) he can create something out of nothing
It is about leveraging a passion or a talent and turning it into something, product or service, somebody needs to solve a problem he or she has.
2) he will acquire basic computer skills, including website development and social media
School teaches him word, excel and powerpoint for sure. I can complement with a few tricks (vlookup and pivot tables). This programme will teach him…