Education and Working in the Future

"There are 2 articles in 2 different newspapers today but which are very connected and very concerning. One is in the Times and talks about the mechanisation of the workplace, estimating that some 10 million jobs could be lost in the UK in the next 20 years as robots replace people.

This information I can well imagine to be true. But what is hard to fathom, is what all these newly retrenched employees, and new young people onto the job market are going TO DO?

What jobs or careers will replace those roles which will be quickly and easily mechanised – like assembly line workers, or even call centres ?

Is the shift and change in the job market being anticipated by schools and universities ? Do they have a strategy for adjusting their academic offerings accordingly?

And in fact, the second article in The Star talks to just that – and is entitled ‘The way we educate must change’. Are schools and tertiary institutions talking to industry and corporate companies?

Are NEW skills being taught and new abilities being cultivated in these institutions which will equip our children to enter an ever evolving workplace?

It’s often said that the careers our kids will follow haven’t even been thought of yet – think of computer programming and coding and all the associated functions of apps that people are working on now – 20 years ago no one knew about that stuff.

So do you work in education, or are you seeing in your own workplace that things they are a changing? Call me and tell me what you think?

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