What did teenagers teach us at this year's Savvy Teen Academy?
(Watch the video for some jaw-dropping news about teenagers' smartphone addiction!)
Shortly after our last of two Savvy Teen Academy sessions this year, Susan went on a business trip to Berlin. She recorded a Facebook live video to share her insights after two action-packed sessions.
So, should we be worried for our teenagers today?
A #SavvyTeenAcademy session packs a lot of learning into four days: teenagers discover study techniques and exam techniques that they can use as soon as they go back to school. But they also learn to explore deeper skills that will equip them for a rich, fulfilling life.
They work on their communication skills, they get expert feedback on their resume and interview techniques, they think in depth about what their ideal day would be like and they learn to craft the life and career they dream of.
#SavvyTeenAcademy is a full package of highly practical skills, some to do with short- to medium-term performance at school and in college. But we also devote a good chunk of our time together to exploring personal development themes, so that teenagers leave with a toolbox of techniques they can use to know themselves better and to make it easier to cope with any situation life might throw at them.
#SavvyTeenAcademy is all about Careers, Communication and Confidence, and we leave no stone unturned when it comes to these three themes.
However, the teenagers who attend #SavvyTeenAcademy are not the only ones learning at high speed!
In this video, Susan shares the insights that this year's Savvy Teens shared with her. This is an instance of reverse mentoring. Reverse mentoring, when a younger person shares their knowledge and experience with a more senior person, has been getting a lot of attention in the corporate world in the last few years. As technology is disrupting a lot of old habits, as the world is changing at breakneck speed, the wisdom of those younger than you is a true gift.
Reverse mentoring can mean competitive advantage for your company: Susan filmed the video in front of the Sony headquarters in Berlin. Sony is one company that has been very keen on getting accurate information about what young people think, like and do - these young people are their customers, or are going to be in a few years.
And as Susan's #SavvyTeenAcademy experience demonstrates, if you're ready to listen, given the opportunity teenagers will share some illuminating truths with you. For example, let's talk about their purported addiction to smartphones...
Watch the video to learn more about:
What reverse mentoring is, and how it can help you, your employer - and the teenagers around you.
What teenagers actually worry about, and why companies, as their future employers, really need to listen.
The good news about teenagers: they love to learn about themselves, and they could teach us a thing or two when it comes to discussing controversial topics calmly and constructively!