Careers seldom progress in a linear fashion. Yet society imposes this expectation on individuals trying to chart their way through life. As unemployment rates soar, young people require more robust preparation for adulthood. Moreover, many will likely work in roles that do not exist yet. Among the various universal challenges of parenting, this reality compels parents to venture into unfamiliar territory: guiding their children towards secure and fulfilling futures that may not mirror their own experiences. Parents presumably want the best for their children, and unconventional ways to attaining that outcome will heighten their concerns. So, how, then, can parents effectively equip their children to adapt to and thrive in a rapidly changing world of work?
This online course aims to assuage some of those concerns by providing concrete strategies that you can immediately put into practice. Alongside other parents pondering this issue, you will learn more about the entrepreneurship landscape and build a custom action plan to help you and your child to explore it together. Whatever your child’s aspirations, are you ready for that journey?
Pay only $10 for a course valued at $500
3 Sessions | 10 hours (virtual/online)
What is included in the course?
Along with interacting with others who have an open mind and a willingness to share their ideas, experiences, and expertise, you will have access to:
What will you learn?
Who is this course designed for?
We use the term “parents” to refer broadly to the caregivers and guardians of young people, as well as their immediate support systems.
Uzo Agyare-Kumi, Dean of Global Programs and Parents
African Leadership Academy
Uzo Agyare-Kumi joined African Leadership Academy in 2014 as its fourth Dean. She then transitioned into the role of Dean for Global Programs and, in that capacity, established an association to connect parents to ALA and to each other, while building traditions and fostering student and alumni engagement during the years that follow graduation and beyond. As the founding chairperson of the association, Uzo has driven meaningful parent involvement using social media and other engagement activities. Through this active, pan-African community, Uzo has helped parents in the network become better informed, involved, and connected to their children’s future educational and professional success.
Prior to joining ALA, Uzo assumed numerous roles including National Director for the Catholic Association for Racial Justice (CARJ), project consultant with the Government of Liberia to recruit professionals into key roles within the Civil service, education consultant for the International Finance Corporation, and principal at Tema International School in Ghana.
WHAT PARENTS ARE SAYING ABOUT ENTREPRENEURSHIP
COMMENTS FROM PARENTS WITHIN THE COMMUNITY
"The issue is parents are still holding onto the fears of their child being without a career or without a focus. The fear is for their children not amounting to anything. The outlier, in this case, is the one that is considered the failure.”
"For my parents, (e-ship) was something for me to pass the time and keep me out of mischief. I do not think they realized they were encouraging my entrepreneurial skills. Perhaps if they did, I might have taken being an entrepreneur more seriously. I wish there were something back then on how to run a business, I might have stayed an entrepreneur.”
"We worry about what will come out of the oven yet we do not invest as much time in preparing the ingredients for the meal. Whatever line or career your child is going to choose, we need to focus on building their value systems, teaching them about courage, the importance of problem-solving etc. If parents spend time building that core and investing in it, we will be less anxious, because we know the kind of person that they will become."
“We sometimes project our own fears on our children. Entrepreneurship can represent fear of the unknown and the lack of a safety net for true success. Most parents who are not keen on entrepreneurship for their children have not experienced entrepreneurship themselves. They cannot see the journey of entrepreneurship and only see the usual jobs available and the consistency of salaries.”