Why Now?

 An industrial-era classroom

An industrial-era classroom

 An innovation-era workplace

An innovation-era workplace

Five Years In represents a new start - a time to embark on a new journey, lean into discomfort and make a commitment to personal and professional growth and success.  Four year cycles of school are safe - meet others’ expectations and you’ll get good grades. The fifth year is a time to decide what problems you want to solve and to build your professional identity in a world where good grades will only get you so far.  

Given recent and rapid changes in the workplace, it’s imperative that young people position themselves strategically.  Our economic growth is predicated on innovation.  The needs of an innovation economy differ sharply from the supply of students graduating from an industrial era school system. Five Years In is dedicated to creating strategies and programs for young people to thrive in a skills-based, freelance, entrepreneurial economy.  

The current educational system is not doing enough to support and empower young people.  

Five Years In is a new model for learning and landing.