We all know the future of work will be so difficult for us and our children that parents must take an active role in helping to prepare their children to succeed.
We have no other choice than to break the social contracts between government, business, workers, and unions.
We must take control of our future, and support our children in starting right.
People don’t plan for failure, which is something I am constantly reminded of. Instead, we worry, procrastinate and fail to plan for the future. We wait for the right time to take action, but we don’t act now.
Let’s look at an example: An aircraft emergency.
Before masks are put on for children, parents must first apply their own air-mask.
Parents must have the knowledge and understanding necessary to ensure their children’s tommorow security.
Knowledge is the key to success.
After they have mastered and applied this knowledge, they can better prepare to help their children in the tommorow.
Parents must plan for the future
Many papers and research have been done on the topic of automation and robots creating and eliminating jobs.
There are many predictions about how many jobs will be created in the future and how many jobs will disappear due to automation, artificial intelligence and machine learning. Some are pessimistic. Some are optimistic.
No matter what your opinion, it is certain that new jobs will be created and existing ones will be eliminated.
It is important that people are flexible and open to learning new skills.
Fear is fine, but complacency can kill jobs.
Children should not become complacent about their tommorow. To ensure that they are future-ready, our children must start planning now to be job-ready in the tommorow.
Workers are expected to perform more complex tasks and have more interaction with others as we increasingly rely on automation and machines to augment and replace our work.
Machines are used to perform repetitive, dangerous or manual tasks.
It effectively means that children will move up the value chain, do more complicated tasks, be more intellectually minded, and be more creative.
They will need to strive for the highest educational level in order to do more complex work and higher-value work.
In my book Shocking secrets every worker needs to know: How to future-proof and increase your income and protect your wealth today’s digital age I have documented 62 frightening facts that workers face today.
These same facts apply to our children.
They are concerned about housing affordability, declining wage growth and decreasing real incomes compared to the present.
Future-proofing your children is possible only if you plan ahead.
Future-proofing involves anticipating the tommorow, and taking proactive steps now to overcome or mitigate potential problems. Our goal is to be job-ready and tommorow-ready through our planning and actions.
People don’t plan for failure, they just fail to plan.
Future-proofing means that you have to be able to anticipate what will happen in the tommorow.
Our children can be employed to meet future demands and employers if they are tommorow-ready.
When vacancies arise, they are also ready to work for certain jobs and employers.
The future skills will be based on the skills that machines, robots, and artificial intelligence can’t do.
These skills are highly transferable and can be used to protect yourself from negative consequences.
These skills are essential for our children.
To be able to work in the tommorow, there are three main categories of employable skills our children must have.
- Enterprise skills can be used in many different jobs. These skills are universal and can be used in many jobs.
- These skills allow workers to interact with complex worlds and navigate the problems they will face and inherit in the future.
- They can be categorized as:
- Thinking skills include sense making, computational and cognitive thinking, cognitive flexibility and critical thinking. They also include judgement and decision-making.
- Interaction skills include Emotional intelligence and social intelligence, working alongside others, people management and virtual collaboration. They also include negotiation, persuasion and organization.
- Creativity skills include innovative, adaptive and situational thinking. They also include creativity, curiosity, imagination, agility, adaptability, initiative, entrepreneurship, system thinking and design thinking.
- Learning skills include continuous learning, teaching others and coaching others.
- Technical skills These skills are those that relate specifically to a task, role, or industry (e.g. science, engineering, and business studies).
- The Foundational Skills Cover various forms of
Perform a gap analysis to determine what skills your children already have and what they will need for the future.
Next, create plans to bridge this knowledge and skill gap.
Many online courses are free and very affordable, so your child can enroll in them. This is the easiest way for them to get their feet in the water.
These online courses have been very helpful for my daughters.
Broken education systems
Unfortunately, the education system of today is not based on post-war or industrial requirements. These education systems do not produce workers who are able to compete in the future.
Many of them won’t be job-ready or future-ready.
After years of hard work, thousands of dollars in student loans and course fees, as well as tens of thousand of dollars in tuition costs, an outdated Factory Model of Education, which has not changed in decades, makes less sense in a time when technology, innovation and entrepreneurship are requiring skills redevelopment in shorter periods across more jobs and professions.
To ensure their children’s future success, parents must be proactive in ensuring that they are educated.
They must be interested in the skills that their children learn in school and at university.
To encourage my children’s interest in STEM subjects, I have enrolled them in Lego building and coding classes after school.
Automation will create or eliminate jobs, as we have already stated. The final effect will depend on many factors.
Most likely, our children will take up jobs that don’t exist right now.
How can our children prepare for jobs that don’t exist right now?
It is essential to provide them with skills that can be transferred across jobs within the same group.
Good news: Our skills are more transferable than we think.
Our children have seven options for job clusters.
- The Carers group has a bright future. This cluster includes jobs that improve the mental, emotional, and physical well-being of others.
- The Technologists group has a strong future outlook. This cluster includes jobs that require a high level of understanding and manipulation of digital technology.
- The Informers group has a strong future outlook. This cluster includes jobs that require professionals to provide information, education, or business services.
- The Designers group has a moderate outlook. This cluster includes jobs that require the application of skills and knowledge in science, mathematics, design, or engineering products or buildings.
- The Generators group has a moderate outlook. This cluster includes jobs that require high levels of interpersonal interaction in sales, retail, hospitality, and entertainment.
- The Artisans group has a weak outlook. This cluster includes jobs that require manual skills in production, maintenance, or technical customer service.
- The Coordinators group has a weak outlook. This cluster includes jobs that require repetitive administrative or behind-the scenes process or service tasks.
Our children must learn to adapt and change as full-time work is replaced by part-time, casual, or freelancing jobs back to the future.