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According to a report called The Future of Jobs, produced by the World Economic Forum (WEF), in the next three years, around 5 million jobs will have disappeared. Furthermore, this report states that 65 percent of our current primary school children will end up doing jobs that don’t even exist in today’s society!
The reason for this transformation is largely due to a relatively recent phenomenon which has been dubbed the 4th Industrial Revolution; a shift from a more traditional working environment to one which incorporates the rapidly developing technologies that now dictate and direct our lives.
Although no one can precisely predict the future, we can all be fairly certain that Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Automation and Advanced Connectivity will have done away with a great number of Human-centric roles and changed the workplace beyond recognition.
It seems likely that the following skills will be those which are most sought after:
Quite how we should prepare our children for these developments are open to debate. However, we certainly need to think about it in advance and consider the following:
As parents, our key job is to encourage our children to fulfil their life dreams. In the future, this is likely to need to include helping them to embrace new and evolving technologies and also to learn how to adapt to future advancements. A well-rounded individual with a passion for learning new skills will be at a huge advantage in the future job market and we can help and encourage our children to become exactly that person.
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