The Jobs of The Future, wouldn’t we all love a crystal ball! There’s no denying that the workplace of tomorrowis set to be dramatically different to that of the past decades. AI, tech,robots – these are already well established, and only set to dominate thefuture of employment that our children are set to inherit.
So what will the job market look in a 10, 15 or 20years’ time? More importantly, how can we best ensure that our toddlers oftoday are best prepared to man the workforce in a world where technology isking?
Jobs may change, but human skills will always bein need
Rapidly evolving automation will, indeed, changethe employment market. Skilled jobs exist today that would have beenunimaginable 10 or 20 years ago. App designers, digital marketing managers,drone operators – these are just a few examples. A report* published by DellTechnologies estimates that by 2030, 85% of the jobs market will be positionsthat haven’t yet been invented.
While this might sound a little alarming, it’simportant to note that around the same percentage of jobs (85%) that werecommon in 1900 weren’t in existence come 2000. The important thing tounderstand is that technology is more likely to enhance human skills thanremove them from the mix.
For instance, we’ll still need doctors, teachers,lawyers, law enforcement officers etc. But their jobs will be streamlined withthe use of technology. Construction industries will still be in demand, as willthose in entertainment and theatre. While physical abilities will undoubtedlychange, what will be needed to succeed are perhaps what some might refer to assofter skills, such as:
Being creative, having a strong ability tocollaborate, being able to solve problems – these skills will become ever-morerelevant in the future. Freelance employment will continue to grow. Add in thealready-increasing penchant of working from home or a location other than acentral office (something already accelerated due to COVID) and the habit ofnot having a single job, but gaining income from multiple sources, and theseso-called ‘soft’ skills are going to become essential.
What Are The Jobs of The Future That Your Child Might Take?
It’s no secret that technology is constantly evolving, so predicting what kinds of careers our kids will have can be a bit daunting. The jobs of the future will likely require skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics; as well as great problem-solving and communication skills.
Education wisely now will equip children with transferable knowledge and the ability to adapt for any profession. For example, the growing fields of data science and biotechnology could become more prevalent in the job market, as well as in occupations involving artificial intelligence or robotics.
With so many possibilities on the horizon, it’s important to stay abreast of new developments and provide your child with access to good education. This will give them the best chance at a successful career path.
Educating for future success
That’s why it’s so important that we nurture these talents from an earlyage. Encouraging curiosity in toddlers, prompting problem-solving andinterpersonal communication. These are the building blocks on which theworkforce of the future will be born.
While the parenting generation of today might be concerned about joblosses due to future automation, we’re probably over-thinking this. Yes, somesectors will almost inevitably see a shift in the sectors in which employeeswork, including the disappearance of certain positions. But this will bebalanced by an increase in employment within areas we don’t even know aboutyet. In fact, if technology can remove repetitive tasks, today’s toddlers andpre-schoolers may well be set up for a working life that’s far more fulfillingthan many of today’s careers.
Utilising personal creativity, tackling complex issues and making a realdifference in the world they live is surely better for mental health andself-esteem than tedious production line tasks. With that in mind, perhaps thefuture for our children really is rosy. So it’s up to us to do all we can toencourage the skills that set them up for success.
At Nido Early Schools we’re passionate about helping the workforce oftomorrow have the best start possible. From the welcoming indoor and outdoorspaces to our wonderful staff, we’re as dedicated to your child’s well-being asyou are. But rather than blow our own trumpet, we’d rather you came to see foryourself.
Visit www.nidoearlyschool.com.au to find yournearest Nido Early School and come to see us in action. We’d love to meet youand discuss how we can assist you in bringing up the most important person inyour life – your precious offspring.
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