Metal skin consultant. Cloud controller. Bioinformationist.
These aren’t names of bands you’ve never heard of or science fiction novel titles. They’re the jobs of the future. And if they sound totally alien, it’s because—for us—they are.
“65% of children entering primary schools today will ultimately work in new job types and functions that currently don’t yet exist.” – McLeod, Scott and Karl Fisch, “Shift Happensz
But for our kids, they represent the reality of advancing technology and the corresponding emergence of new work structures. Which is to say, the world is changing quickly, opening up new career possibilities—and posing new personal challenges.
And while we may only have a slight idea of what the future will hold, we do know that many of the critical skills and aptitudes future jobs will require are rooted in early childhood development.
Creativity, collaboration, communication, empathy—these can’t be programmed or studied. They have to be instilled.
“Digital literacy and creativity—and the latter’s close relative, entrepreneurship—are often cited as essential skills for those who will be operating in the network-filled world of the future.” – The Economist Intelligence Unit Report, 2015