A report issued by the World Economic Forum (Weforum) indicates that 65% of children who enrolled in primary school in 2017 will have jobs in the future that do not yet exist, and that current education will fail to prepare them for them.
According to (Parentingalpha), the future job market prospects are as impressive as they are complex, yet researchers are still in the guesswork stage about the types of jobs that will be available in the next few decades, and the qualifications and skills needed to go along with this shift.
But it is certain that jobs that will require difficult, repetitive, and cumbersome skills will be fulfilled by machines, and automated robots will take over much of the office job, and nothing will remain the same in the very near future.
As a result, global spending on educational technology will boom. It is expected to double to $ 341 billion between 2018 and 2025, according to data and research firm HolonIq.
According to the Future of Jobs report (2018), humans perform 71% of total work hours compared to 29% with machines or algorithms. But by 2022, this average is expected to turn into 58% of the hours of tasks that humans perform, compared to 42% with machines or algorithms.
In a 2017 report by the McKinsey Global Institute of Robotics, robots will have 800 million jobs by 2030.
The truth is that future job roles will be given only to those who are fully prepared, and the unprepared workforce will be eliminated.
These future prospects raise many of the challenges that parents, teachers and education authorities face in terms of how to prepare children born after 2010 for future labor markets. It will differ according to each region or regional level, but nevertheless, readiness will create employment opportunities anywhere in the world.
And according to the words of Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba Group, if we don’t change the way we study, we will be in trouble 30 years from now. We won’t be able to teach our children to compete with machines, but the focus should be on teaching them something unique.
Growing careers include roles such as data analysts, software and application developers, e-commerce, and social media professionals, as well as all jobs that rely heavily on and promote the use of technology.
However, job roles that are based on distinct human attributes are also expected to grow, such as customer service personnel, sales and marketing specialists, training and development as well as innovation managers.
According to The Future of Jobs Report 2020, by 2022 the skills required to perform most jobs will have changed dramatically. The basic skills required to perform the jobs will remain at 58%, which means that we will witness a 42% shift in the new skills required for the future.
According to the report, the skills that employers see will increase in the period leading up to 2025 include critical thinking and analysis, as well as problem-solving and self-management skills such as active learning, flexibility and stress tolerance.
Human skills such as creativity, originality, initiative, persuasion and negotiation will retain their value, and other skills such as attention to detail, emotional intelligence, leadership and social influence will increase in importance.
Here are tips for parents to prepare their children for future careers
According to Heather McGowan, an expert on future work, education should adapt according to the current technological and industrial revolution, and this means focusing on transferring knowledge at a lower rate in exchange for increasing children’s ability to learn by themselves.
“The basic knowledge of the future is your ability to learn and adapt, because if you do not do this, your career will stop blatantly after two years,” says McGowan, in a report on CNN.
This new era of education also requires a new set of tools. Cubetto is an example of that. It is a small wooden robot that moves on a board when the child enters certain commands in a base connected to it, and schools and parents use it to teach children programming. At the age of three.
“It’s a skill that can be applied to anything,” says Filippo Jacob, the playmaker who developed Kopito. “You’re basically learning to think in a very logical and rational way.” This is the way to prepare children for the future.
A report from the University of Salford found that physical factors such as natural light, temperature and air quality can increase learning progress for elementary school students by up to 16% per year.
Preparedness for new careers
It is important to prepare parents, communities and educators to see future professional skills. Just 20 years ago, no one would have imagined that cell phones would be useful in this way. Also, a number of jobs have become part of the past, such as the photography profession.
And there are many new jobs that did not exist 10 years ago, such as the social media influencer job, which helps lead businesses online.
Perhaps we should set our eyes on the future, anticipate the possible jobs, and prepare our children for them early.
Openness to different professions
There is a need to move away from vocational education that prioritizes a single profession, and instead to promote multiple career opportunities. The concept of studying one profession over a period of two to four years may not carry many advantages in the near future, except in some cases, so students should become open to all professions to make themselves strongly qualified for the opportunities that may arise.
Enhancing personal skills
When computers compete for jobs with humans, they target difficult and repetitive tasks such as construction jobs and assembling cars, and robots will continue to excel in these and other areas because they are inexpensive in the long run.
But interpersonal skills do not excel at non-humans, at least not yet. So promoting skills such as creativity, leadership, social interaction, problem-solving, resilience, adaptability, self-confidence and positivity will not be contested by the robots and technology of the future.