How prepared are your students for the jobs in the future? In the traditional sense, some teachers forget to instill to students that they have to be ready for the jobs of the next 10-20 years or even more. Students should be equipped with the skills that shall allow them to adapt to the rapid changes in the society especially in this age of technology that affects everything around us. Just like in my EDUC 190 undegraduate class (of students specializing in various areas in education), I always make it a point that they should be open to the transitions, to new ideas that can possibly shape the world into a better place to live in.
So what do we do then? When is the right time to explain such phenomena to students? For years that had passed, the norm was to ask kids what they want to be when they grow up and the usual answers were the following: teacher, doctor, engineer, etc. Was there a time that we introduced them to jobs that don’t exist yet but can possibly exist in the future? The reason for this is that at times we view things in the same way that our former teachers view these. In such a case, creativity is possibly delimited. Therefore, why not try to think differently just like the late Steve Jobs, right? In a recent report by the World Future Society mentioned on an article that I’ve just read, it predicted 70 jobs for the year 2030, which means we have to include this when we think of our students just like Stephen Covey’s 2nd habit – beginning with the end in mind.
Such simple situation then poses a very complex challenge to us teachers. Hence, we should at least teach our students how to learn on their own and give them strategies on how to learn best while leveraging the resources that can now be easily accessed through a simple click or tap on a laptop or tablet computer.
So how about you? Are your students ready for the jobs of the future? 🙂