If you are wondering, “why is it important to prepare for the future?” Look no further than some of the most popular career paths that are available today that didn’t even exist five years ago.
Not too long ago, a student saying that they wanted to be a data scientist, digital artist, app developer, virtual assistant, or blogger would’ve been met with confused faces and the standard “what’s that?” question from parents and educators.
You can’t blame them. Most of those jobs (if they even existed yet) were just fringe roles on the outside of tech spaces. And at the time, education and job prep were still based on careers that had been solidified. But, the students of the time filled those new roles, many of them having to teach themselves how to effectively do the functions of each job.
Today, many now wonder if the same thing will happen again with our current students and will there be a skills gap between graduates and careers? Well, it will. A 2018 report by the Institute for the Future (IFTF) said that 85 percent of the jobs that today’s students will do in 2030 don’t exist yet. So, how are we supposed to prepare students for the jobs of the future, such as a self-driving car mechanic, telesurgeon, or whatever else we see appear? And what about students who are ready to apply themselves to the job market now (whether to make some extra money, save for college, or help support their families?)
Learn more about how to help prepare students for the future of work, balancing a career and school, and the future of the job world.