No Qualifications On The Information Wave
In a few weeks time, either college kids in the UK or school leavers from secondary school are going to be looking at boards looking for grades that open up new windows for either further or higher education. What I remember was a hail of lackluster results and a bunch of re-takes in college. You see, even funnily enough as a musician I suck at numbers. I always double and triple check my figures, even ask someone who is way better just to be on the safe side.
I was personally told that leaving with a poor set of grades would forever doom me to ‘unskilled work’ and being stuck as a binman. Or a shelf stacker, or forever working in retail of some sort. Now, I think the world I was told about was a huge lie and all this ‘unskilled’ work has now become essential to making things turn over.
Ever since the great information wave of the early 2000s, education and the world of work has appeared more and more archaic with each year that passes. I have no doubt that some jobs such as doctors, legal jobs have a need to be achieved through the traditional path of further education but a lot of things are up to change.
Education with the Internet has made it more accessible than ever. Sometimes you can find it for free or for very little cost. However, I know sometimes you need different methods of learning outside of purely reading/writing. So you still (even in these Covid-19 days) some ad hoc face-to-face meetings.
…A Levels and possibly in the next few years degrees will become less valuable.
Back to the point, for people in the UK GCSEs, A Levels and possibly in the next few years degrees will become less valuable. Applying skills directly and understanding how to pursue a vocation using the Internet and showing the journey will become more valuable. Why? Because largely how I got here.
I followed the path of being a ‘twenty-something’ working in retail, working on the streets as a charity fundraiser, working in food retail, working in call centres and working in an office into my thirties. After a massive mental breakdown, I found coaching and other aspiring coaches to help me sharpen my craft
I still had to learn to write copy over again, especially as I was told I suck at it in secondary school. I had to double and triple check my words, think about what I’m trying to convey and mostly find my own voice that sounds like me. Finally I had to dig deep inside and find my own ‘why’ rather than just take another salary month by month.
It all led me here to these pages, with these words and other skills. One I procrastinated about and finally started this week! I keep on learning through my practice as well as a coach. Always reading, always learning how I can apply things in my business life and my personal life.
So in conclusion: if you’re going to pick up your results and its not what you wanted, don’t panic. There’s a whole world out there looking for things only you have and you can learn new things as well. Its not the end…its the beginning.
Aquila Hope is a transformative coach, black trans activist, speaker, podcaster and songwriter. They’re found through Instagram, Twitter, Medium and their own website. Their podcast ‘Grasp At The Root’ can be found on Anchor and Spotify. Aquila lives on the outskirts of Birmingham, enjoys self improvement, creating music, good coffee and pizza.