How can I prepare my children for the future?

We know that the future of work is so challenging for us and our future generation that parents today have no choice but to take a more active role in preparing their children for the future and helping them be future and work ready. through job acquisition. and portable skills.

With the social contracts between governments, companies, workers and unions broken, we have no choice but to take matters into our own hands.

We have to take charge of our future and help our children get off to a good start.

They always remind me that people don’t plan to fail. Instead, we worry, procrastinate, and fail to plan for our future. We just don’t take action now, but wait for things to happen.

Let’s take the example of an air emergency.

Parents are required to put on their own air mask before putting on masks for their children.

Therefore, it is vital that parents are equipped with the necessary knowledge and understanding to first prepare for the future.

Knowledge is king.

Once they have acquired and applied that knowledge for themselves, they are in a better position to prepare their own children for the future, guide them, and show them what to do.

It is very important that parents prepare their children for the future now.

There is a lot of research done and articles written on the subject of how automation and robots will eliminate and create jobs in the future.

Predictions of how many new jobs will be created and how many existing jobs will be eliminated in the future due to automation, artificial intelligence, and machine learning are mixed. Some are pessimistic. Some are optimistic.

Regardless of what you think, what is certain and inevitable is the fact that new jobs will be created and existing ones eliminated.

The important thing is that people must adapt and be willing to change and gain new or different skills and experience.

Fear is fine, but complacency kills jobs.

Our children should not be complacent about the future. They must be preparing for the future now so they can stay future-proofed and ready for work.

As we rely on machines and automation to replace and augment our work, workers are expected to perform more complex tasks and have more interactions with people.

We are using machines to take on manual, repetitive or dangerous tasks.

This effectively means that our children will move up the value chain, do much more complex tasks, do more intellectual things, and do more creative things.

To perform higher value work and more complex tasks, they should aim for the highest possible educational level.

In my book, Shocking Secrets Every Worker Should Know: How to Future-Proof Your Job, Increase Your Income, and Protect Your Wealth in Today’s Digital AgeI have documented 62 terrifying facts facing workers today.

These facts are equally applicable to our children.

The key things for them are housing affordability issues, no or slowing wage growth, and declining real incomes compared to our time.

It is only through proactive planning for our children’s future that they can prepare for the future.

What is future proof?

Preparing for the future is about anticipating the future and taking proactive steps to mitigate or overcome challenges now. The aim of our planning and action is to be prepared for the future and work.

People don’t plan to fail, they just fail to plan.

Preparing for the future requires a commitment to acquiring the right knowledge and knowing what is happening in today’s workplaces and what is anticipated for the future of work, the work of the future and the workplaces of the future.

When our children are prepared for the future, they can remain employable to meet the demands of tomorrow’s workforce and employers.

They are also ready for specific jobs and employers when openings come their way.

future skills

The skills of the future will focus on those skills that machines, robots and artificial intelligence cannot do.

When people acquire these employable skills, they are more than likely to protect themselves in the future from any negative effects.

Surely our children should focus on acquiring these job skills now.

There are three broad categories of employable skills that our children must acquire to remain employable in the future.

1. Company skills They are required in many jobs. These are generic skills that are transferable or transferable between different jobs and that are in demand by employers.

A. These skills allow workers to interact with the complex world and effectively navigate the challenges they will experience and inherit in the future.

b. They are classified in:

  • Thinking skills: include making sense, computational thinking, cognitive flexibility, critical thinking, complex problem solving, and judgment and decision making.
  • Interaction skills: includes emotional intelligence, social intelligence, working with others, people management, virtual collaboration, service orientation, negotiation, persuasion, oral and written communication, organization, new media literacy, and technological literacy.
  • Creation skills: includes novel, adaptive and situational thinking, creativity, curiosity and imagination, agility and adaptability, initiative and entrepreneurship, design thinking and systems thinking.
  • Learning skills: includes continuous learning throughout life, teaching others, and coaching others.

2. Technical skills are skills that relate specifically to a particular task, role, or industry (for example, science, engineering, humanities, and business studies).

3. Basic skills cover various forms of

A. literature,

b. arithmetic, and

against language.

First, do a gap analysis of the skills your children have and the skills they will need in the future.

Then develop plans to close this skills (and knowledge) gap.

There are many free online courses that your child can enroll in for free or at very little cost. This is the easiest way to dip your toes in the water.

My daughters have taken several of these online courses and found them helpful in supplementing their school subjects and personal understanding.

broken education systems

It is unfortunate that today’s education systems are based on industrial age or post war requirements. These education systems are not effectively producing workers with the skills of the future.

Many of them will not be prepared for the future or for work.

Years of study in advance, tens of thousands of dollars in course fees or student loan debt, and an outdated factory education model that has barely changed for decades make less sense when technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship are forcing redevelop skills, in shorter cycles, all over the world. More professions and jobs.

Parents need to proactively monitor their children’s education to prepare them for the future.

They should have a keen interest in the skills their children are acquiring at school and college.

I have enrolled my kids in after-school coding clubs and Lego building classes just to foster their interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects in the future.

jobs of the future

As mentioned above, automation will either eliminate jobs or create new ones. The net effect will depend on a number of factors.

Our children will surely take on jobs that do not exist today.

So how do our children prepare for jobs that don’t exist today?

The only way is to equip them with portable skills that could be used in different jobs within the same group.

The good news is that our skills are more portable than we think.

There are seven job groups that our children can fall into.

  1. Tea Careers the cluster has a strong Future Prospect. It is made up of works that seek to improve the mental or physical health or well-being of others.
  2. Tea technologists the cluster has a strong Future Prospect. It is made up of jobs that require a specialized understanding and manipulation of digital technologies.
  3. Tea inform the cluster has a strong Future Prospect. It is made up of jobs that involve professionals who provide information, education, or business services.
  4. Tea designers the cluster has a mild Future Prospect. It is made up of jobs that involve the deployment of science, math, and design skills and knowledge to construct or design products or buildings.
  5. Tea generators the cluster has a mild Future Prospect. It is made up of jobs that require a high level of interpersonal interaction in retail, sales, hospitality, and entertainment.
  6. Tea artisans the cluster has a weak Future Prospect. It is made up of jobs that require skill in manual tasks related to production, maintenance or technical customer service.
  7. Tea coordinators the cluster has a weak Future Prospect. It is made up of jobs that involve service tasks or repetitive behind-the-scenes and administrative processes.

As full-time employment is replaced by part-time, casual or independent jobs, our children have to learn to adapt and change.

We already know that job security is dead.

Without a doubt, our children will have to work for more than one employer.

It is predicted that 63% of the American workforce will be self-employed rather than having single employer jobs.

As such, we need to prepare our children for independent work and entrepreneurship rather than direct employment with an employer, equipped with employable and transferable skills.

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