The Requirements for Success
What are the requirements for my success? What helps me to successfully implement my goals and expectations? Broadly speaking, personal success has two main pillars: expertise and personal skills. This is not a vague assumption but recognized and confirmed by leaders in business and science many times. Academic knowledge is nowadays easy to obtain, it is - at least in the parts of the digitalized world - everywhere accessible and comparatively easy to learn. Any student today can bring his teacher into an embarrassing situation by googling the latest insights about a topic to than surprise the teacher with the latest facts. Personal skills, on the other hand, are difficult to learn. Why? I give you 3 ideas:
Experiences: We are shaped by experiences with our family, peers and other surrounding influences in a certain way. Deep impressions can not simply be wiped away as they got connected to certain convictions. These in turn influence the development of the above mentioned personal skills.
Habits: Habits are stronger than new insights. When we are used to react to situations in a certain way, we not only need good arguments to change our habits, we need a new habit to replace the old one. This is way harder to learn than learning for a math test.
Learning: Skills cannot be memorized. They have to be practiced - again and again. But where is that possible today without being afraid your potential mistakes would be fatal?
Social skills are closely interwoven with one's own self-awareness, the awareness of the environment, discernible options for action and their (conscious) application. Thus, if we teach skills in schools and colleges, we should make sure that we don´t leave it with a few written workshops on values and strengths. Skills are action-oriented. Therefore, learning must also be made possible through experiences and by practicing in a consequent process. Abstract values i.e. have to be brought into the context of one´s own actual behavior and experiences.
We won't achieve this with self-study lessons for your career choices. It takes an experienced person to initiate a process of action, reflection, reapplication, and improvement. A person guiding discussions and social interactions pointing out ways to foster one's own career path. By that self-motivation can arise in students, which reduces learning resistance and thereby benefiting the whole educational system in many ways.