8 Skills for Children in the Future Workplace
As a mother of three young children and an accountant who is a keen futurist it is clear to me that we are in times of unprecedented change where the only certainty is uncertainty. So what does the future look like for our children’s careers?
Did you know that $5 million Australians (40% of the Australian workforce) are estimated to be replaced by computers in the next 10-15 years (CEDA). These are our children’s jobs! So how do we safeguard our children and provide them with the necessary skills to survive and thrive in the future workforce? The first step would be to think outside the box and not do things the same way we have always done them.
Automation and Artificial intelligence will be prevalent, which means our children will not be doing jobs that could be automated or learnt by computers. Our children will need to be able to harness technology, so digital know how will be important. Most people born into the digital age seem to intuitively have some level of digital know how, however it needs to be enhanced and this could be through DIGITAL CODING. I believe this will be an integral skill like reading or writing in the future.
There are however other skills that will be highly prized in the ever changing technological future and these need to be nurtured from a young age, such as INNOVATION, CREATIVITY, ENTREPRENEURSHIP and PROBLEM SOLVING. The ability to COMMUNICATE, CONNECT, LEAD and possess EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE will set those that possess these skills apart to enable them to reach higher levels of success.
So how do we educate our children to possess these skills? A good start would be giving our children the time and space to nurture these skills through “GENIUS HOURS”. Genius Hour is a time set apart for children to explore their passions and creativity and start the building blocks for creativity and problem solving encouraging adaptability whilst also doing something they enjoy.
Although it may not seem like much, it is these little changes from repetitive and rote learning to creative problem solving and increasing digital know how that will help equip our children to be prepared and successful for the future. Let’s not underestimate the benefit of small changes now otherwise we may not be prepared for the larger changes ahead.
Author: ALY GARRETT Founder/Principal of All in Advisory
Aly is passionate about seeing businesses thrive and adapt in these times of rapid change, ensuring the family groups that own them build wealth for themselves and future generations.
Aly draws on over 25 years of experience to deliver customised accounting, taxation, advisory and cloud solutions for her clients. She is recognised as a leader in the tourism industry and cloud revolution space helping to elevate businesses to the cloud and deliver automation to future proof their businesses, delivering efficiencies and improving profitability.