From School to the Job Market: Know Your Way
We start school hoping to become successful at the job market. Knowing how to adapt to changes in your life as you pass through school and university can empower you. We have been through these phases, and we will help you understand and handle them
The Transition from Kindergarten to School:
From your little world to the order of school:
You are the daughter/son of the family and your things are organized and clear. For 12 years of your life, you wake up, go to school then home. You study a bit, play a lot, get some food and sleep. You take pocket money from your parents and that is your world.
No one knows why you go to school exactly. Some think you go there to learn, some think you go to be filled with some information like the memory of a phone, some think you go to develop skills that will bring you money in the job market. In most cases, you go because other people go.
You wake up a sudden, when you were 6, your mama dressed you your trousers and shoes, gave you some money and a small sandwich and you went. Nowadays you go to play, bother the teacher or doodle on a book. Eventually, you decide why you go to school.
We know that many people take school for granted. As if it were part of life that was there since ever.
In fact, 100 years ago, only a small percentage of people went to school.
School has not been there all along.
When a lot of factories were built at the start of the 20th century, there had become a need for employees to do some work. That is why education was made more available for everyone. If it were not mandatory, you would have been in a car wash, a farm or raising animals since the start of your life. At school, the teacher tries to encourage you to study, whereas your mind is elsewhere.
Everyone tells you that you need to study, that you will understand the importance of studying later. Surely, you don’t like it when someone tells you what to do with your life. Simply, you don’t always have to learn things you don’t like.
The systems of education in most schools are boring and bad. But you must develop skills to progress in life. If you don’t do that; you’ll find yourself falling behind from most of your friends.
What is important is that you won’t realize that during school phase nor the university phase, only when you go to the job market. If you want to develop your skills and learn, but don’t know how to do that, Shams will help you gradually solve this problem
In today’s world, continuous learning is the secret to success
Some people build special skills. The cook knows how to cook food that a regular person can’t cook. A pilot knows how to fly an airplane. A musician makes music and a developer makes apps.
When you build special and difficult skills that are needed by the job market, you make a lot of money and importance. You should check what the job market needs and go for it. Developing these skills is the main goal of the university phase, developing the basics is what you are required to go to school for.
School is about developing basic skills like reading and writing, organizing oneself and knowing basic things about people and life. Through school you learn tendencies towards learning some things, it is important to start developing these tendencies if you want to be a professional in the future. School education spreads a huge illusion: That the teacher is the one to teach you, not that you should learn for yourself. There are many amazing interesting things that you won’t hear about in school books
School and the tomatoes truck:
Lets imagine something together: You live in the woods with a family of hunters. Your father is a professional hunter. You all know how to hunt deer. Suddenly, a truck begins to arrive every Thursday bringing a gazal, giving it to your family for free. Your dad sits at home all day. He gets fat and sells the hunting gear because he does not need it anymore. Your father passes away due to obesity, then the truck begins to bring tomatoes. You did not learn to hunt so you eat tomatoes for the rest of your life. The school curriculum is like the truck, and you should learn how to hunt
The University Phase:
The university phase presents you with a whole new environment. At school, all kids of a certain age study the same thing, they go to school at t the same time, most of them come from the same area and most people know each other and see you as the son/daughter of your family.
In the university, you choose your daily schedule, you choose your field of study, you choose your friends, and there is more distance between you and the family. People begin treating you as a mature person, and you approach independence, forming sexual relationships and work. Exchanges with the other sex become more available than before, at most times and you begin developing your communication skills.
All these transformations will help you begin questioning about yourself and the world:
Who am I? What do I like? What do I want to be? What are my political and social views and standpoints? What is the meaning of my life? How do I organize myself and my life?
You may begin asking these questions at the school phase, which is a good thing. Finding your answers takes years. Many things you could have believed in will crash at your feet. That is a chance for you to grow. We have no answers in Shams, and if we did, we would not give them away easily; otherwise you would be bored. Yet we will help you find them
During university, attendance is not registered every day. You don’t study the same subject every day, and the professor does not care very much if you were present or absent. In the university you have to depend on yourself and read far more than at school. Professors consider that you can look within books and find the knowledge you need. Their job is to help you understand certain things that you can’t figure out on your own. The amount of responsibility on your shoulders increases a lot during university.
The university phase is about developing skills to succeed in the job market
As we said, during the university phase, you develop skills that distinguish you from others and gain you money in the job market. There is a lot of seduction and distraction. Some will be able to develop special skills, whereas others will suffer with studying and building skills because of problems of the past, not building basic skills at school, not being able to regulate their emotions and organize themselves, or social, psychological and financial issues that have the space to appear then. (We’ll talk about these things later). This is the challenge: To be able to progress in life in spite of all difficulties
In the past phases you took money from your parents. Soon you’d have to phase a tough period, which is moving to the job market to make money yourself. We won’t hide it: In many places there are many problems and little jobs. Things are tough. Of course you don’t have to become an employee, you could start your own thing. Sometimes that works.
The Phase of the Job Market:
During the phase of the job market, you bring the skills you have to sell at the job market. If you can carry a sack of flour, you get money for doing that. If you can do a heart surgery, you get money for that
Lets imagine together:
You graduated from the university one year ago, with an average slightly below average, and from a regular specialization. You applied to some jobs but no one accepted you so far. The period in which you take money from your parents has passed, now you have to bring money by yourself. Things would be tough dear friend. You go work in a car wash, as if you did not benefit from 16 years of studying. A year after, you get accepted as a teacher at a local school, and you begin teaching students. You find a child who reminds you of yourself there, and you try to encourage him to study harder, but he rejects your advice.
School is not the only way towards success. Generally, some people may have family relations with corrupt people who work in important jobs, who can make it easier for their relatives to be accepted in some jobs. Your family may have a private business that you could work in. You could become a crafts person, building homes, making jewelry or fixing cars. You could start working with cars for example, then start a business that can bring you more money.
In reality, within current systems of politics and economics, there is huge inequality in income. It is very difficult for the poor to rise up the social ladder and become rich. The current economic system gives many people the illusion that they will become rich, while that only happens for far less people. The best way to improve your social situation is through education, because it does not only bring money, but also helps you understand yourself and the world around you.
Eventually, you succeed when you learn, and important lessons are not easy nor apparent things.