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Preparation for the New World of Work
A great deal has been written about the future and the importance of preparing students with the skills, mindset, and attitudes necessary for success in a rapidly evolving world. This is quite a difficult task and one that should compel us all to pause and critically reflect on not only where our school is currently, but more importantly where our students need the school to be.
Speaking of change . . . With the rapid pace of technological change, specifically advances in robotics and artificial intelligence, it is nearly impossible to hypothesize the types of jobs that will be available.
Self-driving cars, artificial intelligence, quantum computing — these are no longer the fantasies of sci-fi authors or Hollywood directors. This is the reality of our future, and the future is almost here!
The World Economic Forum says we're on the cusp of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (or Industry 4.0), and you don't need to have seen Ridley Scott's Blade Runner or Steven Spielberg's A.I. Artificial Intelligence to know that this next industrial revolution is going to change everything.
Industry 4.0 will be marked by lightning-speed advancements and mind-boggling change as it brings together advances in digital, physical and biological technologies. Industries earmarked to revolutionize the future and generate billions if not trillions for the global economy include genomics, artificial intelligence and virtual reality.
So, as we look towards the future, it raises the question — what skills will students need to thrive in this next industrial revolution? By surveying the chief HR officers at some of the world's leading companies, the World Economic Forum (WEF) has released The Future of Jobs report revealing the top 5 skills workers will need by 2020/ 2030.
What are they?
1. Complex problem-solving
2. Critical thinking
4. People management
5. Being able to Collaborate with others
Change is not coming, it is already here beating down the door. Thus, our school, and education in general, needs to create a learning culture that not only inspires students, but also prepares them for success in their future.
How well we do this will ultimately determine not only the future success of our students, but a prosperous future for the world in general. (article references from Eric Sheninger, 2017)