Did you know that in 25 years, nearly 50% of current jobs will disappear? The world as we know it is changing, due to innovation and technological advancements. From the classroom to the workplace, transformations are imminent, and preparing children for the future has become a vital task.
With the spread of the global pandemic, COVID-19, the transformation has been even more exponential in a very short timeframe. Just look at the educational sector. Millions of children across the globe are being home schooled due to forced school closures, and are using digital platforms for coursework. This forced shift however, does have its benefits. Parents and their children are bonding more than ever, and together, they are learning to adapt to the future.
Let us a take a look at these shifts and how we, as a community, can prepare children for the future workplace.
Which jobs will become obsolete in the future?
According to global studies, technology is disrupting all sectors, even those without digital presence. However, the main shifts will be most visibly seen in:
What skills do children need to be competitive in the future?
What we can derive from these shifts, is that innovation and technological advancements, as well as Artificial Intelligence (AI), are taking over, and automating many jobs. As a result, soft skills and deep technical expertise are becoming essential, for children and young adults to become more competitive in the future workplace.
From a technical expertise perspective, these are the most lucrative skills that will rise in demand:
On the soft skills side, these are essential:
How can we prepare children for the future workplace?
The new opportunities being created as a result of innovation and technological advancements are plenty. We can expect to see:
Adapting education for the future
Education systems are already changing, integrating STEAM education (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) into curricula. STEAM labs are being developed within schools, for children to receive first-hand experience in these fields, using the latest technologies. But there is more to be done, which parents can take charge of. Children need to be empowered to hone their learning in these areas, and become experts in topics that interest them.
Why coding is a great option for children?
Children who learn to code from a young age will be very competitively positioned in the future. The benefits of coding are diverse, and include:
Start exploring your children’s passions today and ensure they are receiving a quality STEAM education.
Check out the coding workshops and boot camps at the BDD Academy, and get your children started on their journey into the future.