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I recently read a report and found this interesting graphic that explores 30 careers for 2030. One of the easiest ways to begin thinking about future careers is to focus on what may be a problem in the future and invent a job that will solve it. According to Sodexo Insights, "Many functions will be more automated in the future, including professional services, but people will still find creative ways of using their skills and talents to make a living." Here are three basic approaches: 1. Retrofitting: Adding new skills to existing jobs. 2. Blending: Combining skills and functions from different jobs or industries to create new specialties. 3. Problem solving: Necessity is still the mother of invention, and the supply of future problems for people to solve seems limitless.
How can we best prepare youth for these new types of careers? Exposure, exploration, experiences and empowerment. Let's equip students with the right skills to succeed and learn about possibilities. To make that happen - we must fundamentally re-imagine schools an learning. Schedules, time-tables and experiences would look much different. As roles like "Director of Innovation" are beginning to pop-up at many schools to support innovation in teaching and learning, I am hopeful "career coaches" are the new guidance counselors. The pathway may or may not be the traditional 4-year college-route. Career coaches need to know about the hiring and employment trends/gaps in your city and nationally when advising youth.
Some interesting ideas to ponder...
- What about developing mico-credentials through employers students can earn while they are in high school?
- Expanding school models like P-TECH or ours at HFA?
- How do flexible start and end times in high school and shifts in the school-year calendar change things?
- How do we get parents and college counselors on the same page?
Read more on this topic here:
101 Endangered Jobs for 2030
Bill Gates on how the World Will Change by 2030