How Can We Prepare Future Generations For Jobs That Don’t Yet Exist?
Technology and globalization have already impacted our workplace far beyond expectations, leaving many companies reeling in the wake of digital unpreparedness. The pace of change is only expected to accelerate with 65% of students entering grade school today ending up in jobs that don’t exist yet. So what can we do to prepare them?
Human-machine relationships are shaping education and learning.
Future generations need to be equipped to make the shift from learning and storing information to digesting and applying knowledge. In today’s classrooms, education content is siloed into subjects, and we rarely give children the opportunity to cross-think or connect across these disciplines. Hence the birth of STEAM, which adds Arts into the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math equation, and opens the door for more creativity and better communication. By switching to a more adaptable and intuitive style of teaching, educators can equip students on how to digest information on the fly and be better prepared for jobs that don’t exist yet.
This leads us to another core component of the workplace of the future: teamwork. This cross-collaboration between internal and external customers, as well as human-machine partnerships, will require a unique set of hard and soft skills that are not currently prioritized in our education system. If today’s educational sector continues to utilize the available technologies but also introduces a strong focus on teaching soft collaborative skills with the right set of hard digital skills, they can offer tomorrow’s data-driven workforce everything needed to start their professional life.
The future of students in MENA.
Traveling around the Middle East and Africa, we are constantly surprised by the level of innovation and digital readiness that our younger generation presents. Dell EMC still believes that we can push the envelope, especially in the realm of equipping our schools of tomorrow with Artificial Intelligence (AI), Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) capabilities.
While there is no foolproof way that we can prepare students for specific careers when we cannot even fathom what they may, we can provide them with the life and learning skills to ignite their curiosity and be open to all sorts of possibilities.
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