Do you ever feel like you could have been better prepared for the world if certain things were included in your education at work or in daily life? Well, you’re not alone. The majority of the workforce find themselves lacking in computer skills, personality development, and public speaking. The truth is that the world is continuously evolving. What’s necessary today might be gone tomorrow, and positions that don’t even exist would be high-paying jobs in the future.
We cannot limit education to learning the curriculum, passing exams, getting into a college, and being prepared for life after school, and learning to face unpredictable changes that life may throw at us. There’s no limit to what the job market might look like ten years from now. But one thing is for sure- unlike us, children today will eventually have to learn to work in conjunction with AI and robotics. AI is already a genuine part of businesses today, and there is no telling where they might reach in the future. As with every technological revolution so far, human beings will lose out on some jobs to machines, and new industries will open up as a result. The question remains, how do we prepare our children to face the future when we do not know what it holds? The answer is not as complicated as you think. Some skills will always be in demand, and talented individuals will still create a space for themselves, no matter the situation.
Here are a few things that will prepare your child to face the future:
Critical Thinking Skills
Critical thinking may be a new concept to modern education. But it is not unique to the world at all. From Socrates to Galileo to Elon Musk today, critical thinking and critical thinkers have been around for thousands of years.
Critical thinkers are intuitive problem solvers. The complex world that we are living in has complicated problems. We will need critical thinkers who can come up with solutions. Patience, commitment, and perseverance are all inherent in critical thinkers. These are skills that cannot be replaced or substituted by machines. Our children will inherit a world that will face the brunt of global warming, overpopulation, and limited resources. The COVID pandemic has been a great teacher in the sense that it exposed the flaws in our system- and how easily they can fall apart. For practical, long-lasting solutions to problems that the world faces and will face in the future, we need leaders who can think critically and make the right decisions.
Critical thinkers are almost always creative. Creativity has fast become a necessary skill in the job market even today. Incorporating creativity in the classroom will contribute towards discoveries, innovations, and out-of-the-box creations. Additionally, the invention has vast benefits for the mental well-being of developing minds. According to a study on AI and Robotics’s role in the workplace, ‘Creativity and flexibility are becoming increasingly important. In the future, critical and problem-orientated thinking will be expected of employees as the most important requirement.’ On coveted skill sets in the future, the study says, ‘One of the most important requirements, however, will be created. As one can see from the examples of Tesla, Uber, or Airbnb, innovations are created not only by established market participants but also by visionary start-ups making a name for themselves with disruptive ideas. Mere knowledge workers will no longer be required; the focus will rather be on how to find creative solutions to problems.’
Creative minds bring forth novel thoughts and ideas. And ‘something new’ has always been the demand in every industry. Novelty ultimately wins over in every arena of business. Norio Ohga, former Sony Chairman, said, ‘At Sony, we assume that our competitors’ products have the same technology, price, performance, and features. Design is the only thing that differentiates one product from another in the marketplace. The value of creativity is obvious, and the need to include it in education has become apparent.
The way that humans communicate with each other is vastly complicated. In the workplace and personal life, emotional intelligence is precious. Emotionally Intelligent people will be able to motivate, inspire and influence those around them, express themselves clearly, and understand others. In high-pressure situations, which are bound to arise at some point, emotional intelligence is the attribute that will be most desirable.
Additionally, emotional intelligence brings empathy, compassion, and kindness. Looking at the world’s state, one can surmise that these are skills we sorely need in the future.
The only way we can prepare children to face an unpredictable future is to include these aspects of education in their life as early as possible. A degree and a good mark sheet is no longer the recipe for success. These skills will surely help children be the best possible version of themselves. They will hold the potential to become empathetic, creative leaders who can tackle any challenges that life places in their way. When children are equipped with these skills, we can hope for a better tomorrow.