Is the Education System Failing Gen Z? Here’s How We Can Fix It 

May 8, 2024

Are B-Schools Obsolete for Today’s Youth?

Many believe the “baby boomer” generation created a system prioritizing money and prestige over purpose and experience. This raises a question: are Business Schools (B-Schools) and traditional education still relevant for Gen Z?

Gen Z: Different Priorities, Different Needs

Gen Z, raised on technology and social connection, prioritizes purpose and experiences over possessions and titles. They value collaboration, question authority, and crave work that makes a positive impact. Their learning styles are also unique, leaning towards interactive, visual, and technology-based methods. Millennials shared some of these preferences but were held back by past generations’ influence.

The Rise of AI and the Need for New Skills

Technology, like Artificial Intelligence (AI), will change the job market. While some jobs might disappear, new opportunities will arise for individuals with creativity, critical thinking, and emotional and spiritual intelligence. So, how can B-Schools adapt to educate future leaders for a world driven by AI, collaboration, and spiritual awareness?

The Future of Education: Collaboration and Purpose

The future of business, and ultimately the world, doesn’t lie in cutthroat competition. It lies in collaborative innovation driven by ethical practices and a focus on shared prosperity. Gen Z, with their tech skills, social conscience, and desire for purpose, is perfectly positioned to lead this change.

But they need an education system that empowers them and:

  • Values both profits and human/planetary well-being.
  • Is taught by experienced leaders who have faced challenges.
  • Focuses on developing the whole person, not just job skills.

Rethinking Education: Learning from Experience

Formal education might not be the only answer. Many valuable lessons come from real-world experiences. For example, some skills might be better learned through apprenticeships or internships.

The Role of Coaching in This New Education

Coaching can be a powerful tool for Gen Z to navigate this changing world. A coach can help them:

  • Uncover their strengths and passions.
  • Develop the skills needed to thrive in a future workplace.
  • Gain confidence and clarity on their life goals.

Gen Z, the future is yours to shape! Are you ready to become a leader who prioritizes purpose, collaboration, and positive change? If you’re looking for guidance on this journey, consider coaching as a valuable tool. Coacharya offers coaching programs specifically designed to empower young leaders like you. Let’s create a future that benefits everyone!

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(Originally published on Coaching the Spirit – a LinkedIn Newsletter by Ram S. Ramanathan: Does Gen Z Need B Schools for the Boardroom?)

Cover Photo by Brooke Cagle on Unsplash

Ram Ramanathan, MCC
Ram Ramanathan, MCC


Ram is the Founder and a Principal at Coacharya. As the resident Master and mentor coach, Ram oversees and conducts all aspects of coaching and training services offered under the Coacharya banner.

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