What an ‘entrepreneurial mindset’ means for K12 education

December 4, 2018

The value of an “entrepreneurial mindset” in schools is the recognition that students need to develop new skills and competencies for a world where they will be making and taking new types of jobs, and joining a growing force of temporary workers. Our high schools are less focused on preparing students for these realities of life and learning after graduation.

“Entrepreneurial mindset” is a buzzword.

It is a collection of behaviors, skills, and competencies, knowledge and understanding and, of course, beliefs that, for many, intrinsically resonate as key to innovation and creation — and key to the future workforce. The value in the phrase is the recognition that students need to develop new skills and competencies for this changing world, a world where, as workers, they will be making jobs, taking jobs that have not yet been imagined and joining a growing force of temporary workers.

Those sounding the early alarm estimate that by 2030, 83 percent of the jobs that will exist have not yet been invented. Across the world and our nation, work has already begun to transition. Independent work has increased by 7.9 percent in less than 10 years, with projections that by 2020, 43 percent of workers will be temporary contractual workers, changing the way individuals will navigate employment.