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Career decisions

As I may have mentioned in the past, I get to see many bright young things every year. People who will most likely go on to become senior managers or run their own businesses, indeed, some already do.

However, despite this excess of extraordinary talent, a significant proportion do not really know what they actually want to do with their lives. Some have little or no idea and do a master half in the hope that they will find some road or other to venture along, career-wise.

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Does a career service exist in Italy? Don’t think so, or if it does, it provides very little useful advice to the youth of today. Not that things were much better in the UK, so I not singling out Italy for criticism, not at all. It’s just that the world of work now offers so much diversity that it must be difficult to know just where to start when you are fresh out of school/uni and trying to decided what to do next.

Would not be a good idea to begin profiling people towards the end of secondary school, and maybe do the same when students are nearing the end of their arduous, in Italy, degree courses? I believe so. It could even mean people ending up with greater job satisfaction, which, employers note, should lead to higher levels of productivity, and thus, bigger, and more consist profit levels. No?

One group of master students actually requested a course in basic Excel skills. I could not believe it. Did they not play with computers at university? Obviously not. Nor at school by the looks of things. No wonder many of these poor people have somewhat vague ideas as to how they are going to while away the years before getting, possibly, a pension. They seem to have received little or no guidance. Madness.

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