Guest Blog Feature: The Benefits of Entrepreneurial Education for Children
Anita Borishade, from the Metier Academy, shares her professional insight on the benefits of Entrepreneurial Education for Children below:
Passion, tenacity, creativity, resourcefulness and the ability to identify opportunities; these are some of the skills that will be found at the helm of any successful business or thriving career.
It is these skills, along with an illustration of commercial acumen, that will give your child the competitive edge over a candidate of similar ability when it comes to job interviews.
Similarly, should your child decide to start a business, prior exposure to the concepts of execution, negotiation, networking, critical thinking and money management will positively assist them in their decision making.
It is beneficial for entrepreneurial education behaviour to be learned from an early age, at a time when it is relatively easy to adopt new abilities and behaviours and when it is still possible to shape the way that students look at the world.
Children who have entrepreneurs in their family, or have participated in entrepreneurial education, tend to naturally think more laterally than those who have not. They also tend to be more confident in pushing forward and turning abstract ideas into realities, finding solutions to problems and spotting opportunities where their peers may not.
Developing objective analytical skills play an integral part of entrepreneurship education.There are some ideas or solutions to problems that may seem theoretically sound but are in actuality unsustainable. Whilst this might not always be clear at inception, it will be easier for someone with an entrepreneurial mindset to pick up on this at a relatively early stage.
In the same vein, it is beneficial to understand from a young age that deciding on a course of action or having a bright idea is good, but if the execution of the plan is poor then the likelihood of success is greatly reduced
There are many layers to entrepreneurial thinking and education. A 12 year old student may be given problem solving scenarios to encourage them to think outside the box, whereas a 16 year old student may be exposed to the concept of time management, being an engaging speaker or the importance of first impressions.
Either way, entrepreneurial education is vital in equipping the youth to become pioneering in a generation that has become increasingly competitive.