A Business Go-Between?

The Go-Between was revived recently on television. The famous line, now a quotable quote, which starts it off is, ‘The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.’

I think the same could be said of business. Why is this so?

It starts at school, where there is still precious little, if any in most cases, training for an adult life at work. Added to the deficiency in educating our youth to understand personal finances, it does mean that we are turning out citizens who have not been given valuable skills that could make a big difference to their lives.

We have been saying this for a long time. The gap between education and employment (including self-employment) is wide and needs to be bridged.

At last a few leading academics in schools are waking up to this problem and for example, Sam Price, the new Headmistress of Benenden in Kent wants to give her pupils an edge in the jobs market and has introduced a professional diploma to give students which will ‘adequately prepare our pupils for the world of work’.

The course will include accountancy, setting goals, presentation, setting up your own company, preparing a business plan and will cover people and interpersonal skills.

She recognises that A levels and degrees are no guarantee of employment or success and that these additional skills will help her pupils stand out.

Where do we come in?

Our Sixth Form MBA and our Working for Yourself (running a business, starting a company or being self-employed) books are the way to acquire the skills identified above, so that the world of work or of setting up your own business are foreign ‘countries’ no longer, whether that applies to your offspring or even, dare I say it, to yourself!

Neil Thomas

October 2015

Published on Sep 30, 2015 by Neil Thomas