Advice for school-leavers today, whatever their final results may be ...
This years’ crop of school leavers should "think outside the box when it comes to their futures", advises Bitstocks' Founder and CEO, Michael Hudson.
Although university degrees are always an option, and worthwhile pursuing if that is your chosen path, schools do not give enough airtime to the other avenues available to young people. Speaking ahead of the A-Level results being released today, Bitstocks CEO and Founder, Michael Hudson, encouraged the nations’ young people to let go of the weight of other people’s expectations, find their true passion and also consider how the role of technology will impact their career choices in the future.
“It’s a beautiful time to be a young mind. Regardless of all the craziness going on around the world right now, the technological advancements happening across all industries, but particularly bitcoin and blockchain, means that you’ll be able to make your mark on the world in ways that previous generations could only have dreamed of. You don’t have to work in a city or go into an office. You don’t have to worry about working in the ‘right’ jurisdiction. At this point in time, your passion and consciousness can thrive, unhindered by these restrictions.”
From a company perspective, Bitstocks staff have taken a variety of different educational and career routes to reach their current positions. While 57% attended university and obtained a degree, 43% of employees either went straight to work from school, joined the military, have taken apprenticeships, vocational courses or other work-based programmes. Hudson relishes the fact that his employees are from varied education backgrounds, as it helps avoid groupthink or echo chambers, and believes this has directly contributed to that success of the business;
“A workplace should also be an educational place, in my opinion. That’s how I feel about my company … where there’s almost a 50/50 split between those who followed an academic path and those who trained through other means. Academia remains an important skill-set, but I am very open-minded to the value that people of non-academic backgrounds can contribute. It’s about balancing the yin and yang, and then hopefully providing a working environment of continued education, that leads to financial sovereignty for each employee.”
And he’s speaking from personal experience; Hudson left school at 16 to start his own small computer business, was bankrupt by 21 and then started again, to build Bitstocks up to what it is today. His final piece of advice is something we can all resonate with;
“It takes ten years to be an overnight success. If you’re used to instant gratification, you’ll have unrealistic expectations of business success, and your confidence might get hammered if you don’t get it right the first time. As an entrepreneur, it’s hugely important not to shy away from failure and your feelings around failure. You should use it as fuel to get back up and get back on it.”