The Internet has changed everything. While the educational system is still laboring along with general degrees, the world is getting farther and farther ahead with every passing year.
As more technologies are built, more people are creating more technologies on top of them; leading to more technologies, disciplines, and career fields.
Three Unsolved Problems with Education
- Students drop out of college with no degree but thousands in student loans.
- College graduates never working in fields of their degrees.
- Students spend years in college without a major or degree focus.
These three problems lead to students working in fields they aren’t passionate about, doing things they don’t enjoy doing.
The only way to do good work is to love the work you do.
Traditional life plans based on general degrees and career paths don’t consider how much a world can change in four years. How many Wheel Chiselers, who graduated from Caveman College of Wheel Chiseling, were devastated when some lumberjack invented wooden wheels?
Tim Brown, the author of Change By Design wrote this on his blog:
We all know of people who go through life with every step preplanned. They knew which university they would attend, which internship would lead to a successful career, and at what age they will retire. Unfortunately, this never works out as planned. And anyway, if you know the winner before the start, where’s the fun in the game?
According to Brown, rather than struggling to create a meticulous life plan, you should know the desired end-goal and enjoy the process getting there. He calls it, “blurring the line between the final product and the creative process that got us there.”
Revolutionizing Life Design
A new startup is engineering a system that will take Life Design to a whole new level. Their ‘Passion Discovery’ system is designed to discover a teen’s passions , and help them to start designing their life.
Teens create free accounts, and pursue their interests in a way they find exciting while engaging real, substantial learning in the process. As they explore their passions, they are introduced to a new world of learning through the very things that they are passionate about.
Whether it’s gaming, music, or art, teens can find what they are interested in. Empower.me then starts to “crack” what their ideal life path could be. Then, by using empower.me’s smart-incentives, parents get involved in the process and the teens remain engaged in valuable learning.
Companies like Khan Academy, and Code Academy are revolutionizing education in the age of the internet. Empower.me is taking it a step further and loading education and life planning into a Life Design catalyst.
Launching teens to successful lives is about to get a lot more exciting.