Friday, October 28, 2016

Jobs and skills of the future ..

A child today can expect to change jobs at least seven times over the course of their lives – and five of those jobs don't exist yet - World Economic Forum
World Economic Forum (WEF) is a Swiss based non-profit foundation which is the world's most respectable gathering of public-private business leaders numbering about 2500 from across the world, who meet once in a year in Davos Switzerland and regional meetings in six to eight locations every year from Latin America, Africa, East Asia, China, UAE and so on.

According to the report from World Economic Forum editor Stephanie Thomson, 35% of skills needed five years later have not been defined yet.

The important skills needed are listed here. Next generation teaching should impart skills in the below given five broad areas, besides the conventional areas of knowledge.

1. Data Literacy - ability to collect, collate, analyse quantitative and qualitative data, mining, predicting future trends .. Being able to understand the technical concepts of data and information, Big Data, to understanding the different media of data collection (FB, WA, Twitter Google search etc..), storage ata Farms..) and retrieval (Database Management systems) Presentation, dissemination (emails, blogs) etc. are very important.

2. Soft skills of empathy and positive attitude - empathising with others, trying to be in their shoe and finding what are their feelings and how one can carry people along with oneself. Every 

A negative thinker sees a difficulty in every opportunity while a positive thinker thinks of an opportunity in every difficulty
A positive attitude gives you power over your circumstances instead of circumstances having power over you ..
A positive attitude changes everything
"It's fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure." - Bill Gates
3. Innovative skills employing critical thinking and adaptability to apply concepts and ideas, problem-solving techniques across different sector, learning and relearning .. Learning is a life long process..  

4. Collaborative skills involving leadership, flexibility and teamwork. These skills are best acquired outside of classroom setting maybe on a trekking expedition, games, athletics, doing internships, social service and the like ..
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep, I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion - Alexander the Great, (356 BC - 323 BC)

5. Entrepreneurial skills to develop ideas to commercial success and create value in society.

The best way to predict the future is to create it  - Peter Drucker, management guru
The most valuable thing you can make is a mistake, there is nothing you can learn from being perfect. - Peter Osborne
60-80% of all new jobs come from small businesses (or startups), which grows BIG !!

Five of the so called non-existent jobs mentioned earlier in the write-up will be from the five broad areas given above ..

Click for the WEF report news ..

Ge.. (This is taken from a speech I delivered at Christ College, Bangalore for the student community in November 2016.)

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