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“Young people need something different”

Last updated:
6th December 2019

DJ and creative influencer Charlie Dark explains why he’s passionate about a new kind of education…

With technology innovation rapidly progressing, it’s crazy how fast society reshapes itself, and the workplace moves with it. This is consequently challenging the role of education in future employment, as many of today’s students will work in jobs that do not yet exist and will be likely to change careers multiple times.

Whether it’s introducing AI, or utilising new platforms to communicate a message, the increase of digitally driven processes throughout the workplace is forming a potential obstacle for employers. They may come up against a skills gap in terms of having people equipped to run and manage this new smart way of working.

In fact, new data has uncovered that 4 in 10 (40%) of Gen Z believe their formal education at school or university has not fully prepped them for their future careers. As a result, it’s become increasingly important for young people to be ready for this ever-changing landscape.

A new experience

A critical element of this is higher and further education to inspire and enthuse. This is an area which I’m passionate about, and lead in my recent role for Samsung’s ‘Not a School’ programme.

This is a new education experience, which encompasses a whole range of creativity and learning, bringing young people together to address pressing issues and find solutions whilst arming them with the skills needed for the jobs of tomorrow. The initiative includes everything from exploring the opportunities of AI to uncovering how to make the online world a nicer place.

As Tess Smillie, VP People Team, Samsung UK&I says: “We truly believe in the remarkable potential of the next generation to reach new heights of innovation, and to develop society-changing solutions, and we’re committed to helping them achieve this through education and programmes like Not a School.”

In order to bring about positive change and help build a better tomorrow, we must give youths the drive to be innovative and challenge the status quo. Moving forward, it’s important that all education invests in a programme that fosters this future talent and considers rapid transformations in the progressive digital era.

For further information, visit: www.samsung.com/uk/notaschool


Charlie Dark is a DJ, creative influencer, poet and founder of the running community Run Dem Crew.

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