Not knowing what you want to be when you grow up could be your biggest opportunity


Susan HayesCulleton, cofounder of #SavvyTeenAcademy, recorded a short Facebook Live at Huckletree, an incubation centre in Dublin.

What is an incubation centre? It's where new ideas and new businesses are born.

Today's workplace is changing at an unprecedented pace. Every day it seems, we hear about jobs, or even whole industries, that didn't exist six months ago.

Many careers that exist today didn't exist five years ago. So somebody who started college five years ago and then did a Masters degree is graduating to enter a jobmarket that is completely different to the jobmarket that existed five years ago, when they were choosing their subjects in college.

For teenagers who are wondering what they want to do after college, this can be stressful. How are they supposed to know what Leaving Cert topic to choose, let alone what to study in college, if the goalposts are constantly moving?

That's something we discuss in depth at #SavvyTeenAcademy.

Because the truth is that you don't need to stress it: with the right strategies, you can 1. find a job, and 2. find the job that matches your interests and skills. Even in such an extremely fluid job market.

Watch Susan's video below to learn more about new ways of working: what is an incubation centre, and why are those places so important right now?


Or watch the video on our #SavvyTeenAcademy Facebook page.


This galloping change is in fact an immense opportunity for young people.

Especially if you're wondering what to do, if you don't know what subjects to choose, if you have no idea what you want to be when you grow up - today you have, like never before, a world of possibilities to express your personality in a job you love.

When you're 15, 16, 17, it can be overwhelming. There's an absolute mind-boggling choice of careers available out there. If you're good at maths, maybe you've been told to study accountancy. Becoming an accountant is far from the only career that is open to you, but perhaps it's the only one you know about or have heard of. And if you like maths, and you are good at it, but you don't want to be an accountant? Well-meaning family members might still try to steer you towards accountancy, because they feel it's a stable, well-paying job.

Read more: Career choices - What does an economist do, exactly?


When you don't know what tomorrow will be, the best way to find out is to create the future.


Wondering about future

Susan filmed this video at Huckletree, an incubation centre. Incubation centres have sprouted up all over the place, sometimes on university campuses (like Invent at DCU), sometimes as privately owned spaces. You might have heard of 'co-working' or 'hot-desking': the strange jargon reflects fascinating new ways of working that emphasise flexibility and collaboration. These spaces are representative of tomorrow's job market: they allow and welcome creativity, innovation and collaboration. Just because something has never been done before doesn't mean it won't work.

So if you're not sure what you want to be when you grow up, if all the jobs you know about don't sound exciting to you, come to Savvy Teen Academy - together we'll explore the job market of the future, how to adapt to new career trends and emerging industries, and we'll work with you to uncover your unique strengths and skills.


At Savvy Teen Academy, you will discover yourself and learn to know yourself better. You will increase your confidence. And when the job of the future comes knocking, you can say "You know what? That sounds like me! It's something I would love to do, and something for which I am perfectly suited!"


In 2019, #SavvyTeenAcademy will run 29th July-1st August in Dublin. Grab your spot quick!