Have you ever sat back and thought about whether your current job will still exist in a few years? With the rapid speed of global digitalization and automation, we are probably all at risk of becoming redundant, unless we proactively take actions to stay relevant. Can you then imagine how our children’s lives and their future careers will affected?
If you have been reading my blog for a while, you will know that my day-job is in the Talent Management and Human Resources space, hence my passion about staying abreast of developments around various careers. I have been fortunate to collaborate with Liberty to delve deeper into this topic and give you some guidelines around what the future may hold. I believe that if we have the open dialogue now, it will enable us to face the future confidently and prepare our children adequately.
I guess the first bit of reality dawned on me when I had to buy Lesedi a tablet for school this year, instead of leasing textbooks. We will be downloading all the relevant study material onto it for him and he will use it at home and during class. Parents do have the option of using the textbooks, but in a year or two, this will no longer be available. And of course, this new development had a direct financial impact. Argh!
So what are some of the careers of the future?
This is the part where it gets complicated, because many of these careers of the future are unknown to us and literally don’t exist yet, but there are some common themes/skills which will unsurprisingly thrive, as technology grows and those are:
• Information technology – skills such as designing, software development, app development and coding will be in high demand. Think about how almost every brand you use is on social media and has an App that allows you to instantly engage and access your profile. This is definitely an industry that will boom; as a start to build these skills, you could download some coding Apps for your children to start exploring on.
• Robotics, mechanics and engineering – robots will become smaller and will be used more frequently in our offices and homes. Most repetitive tasks will become automated – it is almost unimaginable that we may one day have tiny robots doing our groceries and laundry. Right?!
• Technicians – the devices we will use will require specialist knowledge be developed and repaired; our homes and office buildings will be “greener” and printing will be done via 3D technology.
• Healthcare – the demand for medical care, services, products and research will increase, as humans live longer, fall ill with new sicknesses and increase their need for individual, customized medical attention.
• Entrepreneurship – naturally many new opportunities will arise and your child may choose to run their own business. All of the above careers will offer lucrative gaps.
What do I recommend for parents?
Savings and investments – Planning, Preparing and Protecting your child’s educational journey
• You may not know exactly what the future holds, but you need to have a solid long-term plan, in the form of educational investments. Education is soooo expensive and the cost will continue to rise, regardless of the career path your child will follow.
• Have back-up savings, case in point, that tablet that replaced the textbook hire.
• Chat to your financial advisor about the best cover for your future – look at life cover and income protection options.
Visit Liberty’s educational website here to get assistance (http://www.liberty.co.za/support/back-to-school-campaign/Pages/default.aspx)
At home and school
• Look for practical ways to teach your child to be adaptable, like changing your routine from time to time. Their ability to adapt will be one of the top skills for managing the changes to come.
• Allow your child to experiment and be creative whenever the opportunity comes up. Don’t freak out at all the Lego lying around – encourage that imaginative and critical thinking wherever possible.
• Chat to your child’s principal/Parent-Teacher-Association to understand how their school is planning to adapt their curriculum to prepare students for the future world or work.
• Encourage your child to start their own business, it will be fun while helping them to build critical skills such as communication, budgeting and time management.
Overall, I think that in the future, there will be a shift and greater responsibility on parents to take on a lot of the teaching at home. There is no doubt that our mainstream educational system is lagging faaar behind, with gaps that will not even begin to address the required competencies and skills of the future.
Tough conversations, I did warn you!
WIN WITH LIBERTY!
Now that you are in deep thought, let me energize you with details of my latest giveaway:
To stand a chance to win a R2 000 Woolworths voucher to boost your back-to-school budget, leave me a comment with your thoughts on this topic. Would love to hear from you!
- Giveaway will close on 30 January 2018
- Winners will be notified by email
- Prizes are not transferable/negotiable and may not be exchanged for cash
- This giveaway is open to South African residents only
Good luck Mamas!
Modern Zulu Mom