Young Minds: Street smarts

  • Posted on: 22 May 2017
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

As young people we find ourselves, more often than not, neither in employment nor in Education (NEET). At this point, our parents or guardians put a lot of pressure on us. This could be as a result of social conformity or otherwise esteem. They need the 'bragging rights'. A reason to be proud of themselves for nurturing us into a perfect replica of themselves. Thus anything short of success in the traditional sense becomes failure. 

We young people fail, when our parents expectations meet our reality.  

So where does this leave us? Let's have a look at Street smart.

From generation to generation, the idea of a good Education followed by a white collar job was the norm. This overwhelming trust/believe in education meant heavy investment and from our guardians. The the tables turned. The labor market could no-longer absorb young graduates as fast and as much as the education churnned us out. Unmployent began rising and the value of a degree became feather weight.

Employers began re-assessing how they interview job/internship candidates. Flaws in the education system began being pointed out. And we, young people continued being victims of two institutions. As a result, we began changing the narrative. 

Entrepreneurship became cool. And as many as young minds could, said 'I'. From tech-preneurship, eco-preneuship to other various forms of the same. This highlights 'Street smart' inteligence in this generation. A concept that has been ignored for a while for one reason, it's misconception.

More often than not we think of street smarts as an association to thugs or those who have grown up on the streets. And by virtue of being its tenants then they have streets smarts. How contrary to popular belief, street s smarts simply refers to practical intelligence. Those of us with a high practical intelligence are adaptable. We learn from our mistakes through experience. And it is this experience that acts as a teacher/ instructor. Every move onwards is then informed by past failures and successes. 

Some of the traits of such a person includes:

*Tend to have less formal education and face an employment rate of 13%

*Are more likely to take risks,resulting in more extreme life situations.

* Tend to be less stressed overall and have more leisure time.

* Are more likely to adapt to situations, or solve problems on the spot in a crisis

As we understand Street smarts, it becomes more clear. There are two forms of inteligence: book smarts and Street smarts and neither classifies above the other. So the challenge for young minds is, how can we 'young minds' use our abilities to up lift ourselves?


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