The next industrial revolution is going to disintegrate many jobs while also creating new ones in its wake. The skills that are going to stand out, and to a large extent be required, in the workforce of the near future, are detailed in an earlier post and are what we at Socelor are aiming to transfer to learners that come through our institution.
Our goal is to supply potential employers with people that have actually learned how to think and can provide excellent input to the organization they may find themselves in, after having been through our rigorous and unique educational experience.
Personally, I have developed an analogy for what we are trying to bring to the table that you will not see in educational and many work settings: A dog can be told to sit, but that does not mean it thinks of why it is doing so, all it knows is that a treat should follow and that’s all there is to the process. Essentially, people can learn to imitate for reward, though often they do not really think of why. The promised rewards are all that matter. This typically does not lead to cognitive growth, rather it remains an act of imitation, nothing more.
We are not teaching imitation but rather how to break out of it as a means to bring creativity, ideas, and knowledge into society. We live in a society that will soon demand flexible cognition to keep pace with the information it outputs.
Part of this process for our institution is the emphasis on hosting a practical experience with knowledge, both with how learners interact with and dissect the materials they are learning, as well as investing time in collaborations that encourage them to develop plans and strategies to help solve real-world problems, both locally and internationally.
We aim to have those exiting our institution be ready for the employment that may be offered to them through those interested and are certain that those with a personal recommendation from Socelor will stand out from any regular graduate with the usual post-secondary education.
We avoid grades and focus on what the learner is actually capable of, revealing where they excel, giving a fairly accurate profile of how their skills may be useful to your organization. Of which the most important include: creativity, critical thinking, consensus, and general flexibility.
Overall, the goal is to nurture those who can think for themselves which in turn makes for someone who can contribute a lot more to both the workforce and society of the future and be prepared for what it may also bring.