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:
Love people, empathy, coping skills, prioritizing, teamwork, communication, love to learn
Communication, ability to listen, teamwork, mentor, creative, managing conflict, leadership
Sustainable energy technology
Passionate about the earth’s future, curiosity, communication, love for knowledge, integrity
Good communication and writing skills, highly creative, original, self-motivated and self-disciplined
Creativity, excellent communication, enthusiastic, positive, adaptable, dependable, diplomatic, patient
Exemplary people skills, leadership, adaptability, the ability to handle stress, humble confidence, love to learn
Adaptability, physical fitness, mental endurance, Love to learn
Web & App Developing
Reinventing yourself, vigilance, integrity, communication, punctuality
Robotics Engineers & Drone controllers
Excellent communication, excellent reading comprehension, active learner, disciplined and good decision maker, persistence
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.