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How Are We Preparing Our Kids for Careers of the Future

January 22, 2018

It is either very scary or very exciting to know that in another 10 years from now, our children will find themselves either in, or working towards, a career that does not even exist today. How that makes you feel depends on how prepared you are. According to the World Economic Forum, approximately 65 percent of the children entering primary school now will fall into this category. So, how are we preparing our kids for something that doesn’t exist yet?

Of cause sending them to the best schools, able to meet and exceed their specific needs, is a wonderful opportunity and one many of us are aspiring to. Sadly the reality is not everyone can afford to; and even though a good education is without a doubt necessary, I believe the true leaders of tomorrow, the ones who will be more resilient, innovative, tenacious, passionate, and even just likable, are not only made in the classroom but also at home.

I had an interesting conversation with my GP the other day. After confirming my ear infection we got to chatting and both discovered the other’s love for books. She confessed her obsession was to the point where she no longer had any available space for the books she keeps bringing home, but was caught by surprise when one afternoon she found her almost two-year-old daughter, on her own, completely drawn-in by one of her many story books. Right there she vowed to never give up on her love for reading, no matter how insane her obsession was. It was clearly developing her daughter into a great leader.

It’s okay to expect the school we pay hefty school fees to, to ensure our kids get the best education to prepare them for the brightest future, but in order to survive in an ever-evolving society we have to understand it is simply not enough for kids to learn – they need to LOVE to learn. By teaching our kids the value of sharing with others, we’re creating team players, by teaching them to respect others’ differences we’re creating compassionate leaders. Vocational learning and STEM education are, therefore, most effective when balanced with a healthy dose of emotional intelligence which is sure to be among the top 10 job skills by 2020.

We do not have control over the future, or what it has in store for the next generation, but we do have influence over our kids – at breakfast, the dinner table, while driving or walking them to school or putting them to bed at night. Every opportunity we are given to interact with our kids is an opportunity to shape them, nourish their passions and encourage their dreams. 


The future is now! Here are 10 careers that are here to stay; and the soft skills required to not only excel at them but also be happy in them:



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Love people, empathy, coping skills, prioritizing, teamwork, communication, love to learn
Information Technology

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Communication, ability to listen, teamwork, mentor, creative, managing conflict, leadership
Sustainable energy technology

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Passionate about the earth’s future, curiosity, communication, love for knowledge, integrity
Content Creation

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Good communication and writing skills, highly creative, original, self-motivated and self-disciplined
Digital Marketing

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Creativity, excellent communication, enthusiastic, positive, adaptable, dependable, diplomatic, patient

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Exemplary people skills, leadership, adaptability, the ability to handle stress, humble confidence, love to learn

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Adaptability, physical fitness, mental endurance, Love to learn
Web & App Developing

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Reinventing yourself, vigilance, integrity, communication, punctuality
Robotics Engineers & Drone controllers

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Excellent communication, excellent reading comprehension, active learner, disciplined and good decision maker, persistence

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Capacity to listen, write and speak, social Intelligence, enthusiasm, likeability, integrity

It is never too late or too early to start saving for this future by choosing an investment plan to suit your budget and take care of your child’s education, while you take care of the important stuff.  




University of Kent

Fast Company

World Economic Forum

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  • Reply Deborah Stuurman January 22, 2018 at 7:33 am

    I think that wherever possible, where our children’s passion lies. Once you find what they love doing, what they want to do without you prompting (nagging) them is probably a great indication. My son loves guitar and he wants to be a musician one day. However, looking at the career option available to him, we also encourage him to look at what else fuels his passion. He has discovered that he likes business and would want to have his own company with original clothing and shoes etc.

    The other important thing is to encourage them, even when they don’t live up to your expectations or do as well as you know they can. Believe it or not, our words can help or hinder them and wherever possible, make sure our words are positive and life-giving.

    • Reply Carmen Marks January 22, 2018 at 7:54 am

      Not to sound too melodramatic, but WOW, it is so amazing to hear about these little people’s BIG dreams! This life would simply cease to exist without music, so please keep encouraging him and if that’s ALL he ends up doing, and it’s what he loves and makes him happy, then let him be and continue to encourage him 🙂 thank you for sharing!

  • Reply Losh Don Kisten January 22, 2018 at 9:34 am

    As moms we have the intuition about our kids strengths & weakness, so I encourage her passion and whats she good at, feeding on that passion with words of encouragement, kids need guidance and as mums we thrive on doing what we feel is good for their emotional wellbeing as well teaching them to be independent & become the shining stars they are – sharing on FB & Twitter..:-)

  • Reply Samantha Hicks January 23, 2018 at 10:33 am

    Thanks for the very informative post. I remember how we as kids were always pushed into careers and jobs that our parents thought would best suit us. But in the end it made us fail at every turn. In this day and age we have the opportunity to encourage our children to follow their dreams and passions. This will make for a happy, confident and focused child. A child that will feel that anything is possible and thrive in whatever they do. And what any parent can be proud of. That’s my advice to all parents 😁

  • Reply Lynn Botha January 24, 2018 at 7:35 am

    I encourage my kids to dream big.. They are still very young – Grade 1 and 2 and asking them what they want to be is quite adorable.. A vet, a fire fighter.. a doctor.. the list is endless.. and changes regularly. I will try my best to support them in anyway I can.

  • Reply Ayesha January 30, 2018 at 8:14 pm

    I have to agree with you about saving now and the importance of those dinner conversations. Being involved is so important for a childs development. Make the time to engage with your child and takinh an interest in their interests. It helps build confidence and self esteem as it shows you value your child. This was an informative post. Thank You!

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