Episode 31: 9th August 2018

All around the nation parents and children are holding their breath in anticipation of exam results which will be emerging over the next couple of weeks. Those few letters and numbers written on those all important pieces of paper have the power to determine whether or not someone believes they are AWESOME!

This week we focus on education, careers and weighing up our options and discuss the new A Level grading system, most popular A Level subjects and the most employable degree options and ask ‘Do qualifications matter more than experience?

Why not find out what your ideal career is/was/might have been www.worldskills.org

Sticking with the same theme, we take a look at a couple of skills events that might be useful for employee and employer alike.

Taking a more traditional path for our review this week we take a look at an awesome book aimed at youngsters but absolutely still worth reading if you left school in the last century. In You Are Awesome author Mathew Syed (we reviewed his book Black Box Thinking some time ago), uses his career as an Olympic table tennis player to demonstrate how we all have the ability to choose which path we take. As books go, this one really is AWESOME as is his other aimed at teenagers The Art of Being a Brilliant Teenager. 

When it comes to education and the arts there are few more qualified to speak on the subject than presenter of the most watched TED talk of all time (8m views at April 2017), Sir Ken Robinson who poses the question ‘Do schools kill creativity?’.

Don’t take our word for it, check him out yourself and you’ll unearth some fantastic quotes like these which we particularly like:

The role of a creative leader is not to have all the ideas; it’s to create a culture where everyone can have ideas and feel that they’re valued.”

“If you’re running an engineering or finance company, all companies depend on ideas and ingenuity. I think the principles of creative leadership apply everywhere, whether it’s an advertising company or whether you’re running a hospital.”

“For most of us the problem isn’t that we aim too high and fail – it’s just the opposite- we aim too low and succeed.”

“Human resources are like natural resources; they’re often buried deep. You have to go looking for them, they’re not just lying around on the surface. You have to create the circumstances where they show themselves.”

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