Future Generation Skills III

World Economic Forum reveals that almost 65 percent of the jobs our students will be doing in the future do not even exist now. Consequently, current workforce, as well as freshers, need to equip themselves fully to cope with the future demands. Education expert Tony Wagner has identified some survival skills and mindsets young people absolutely need in order to meet their full potential in future jobs.
1. Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: Asking a question, especially good ones, is a foundation of critical thinking. Before solving a problem, we must be able to critically analyse and question the probable causes.
2. Collaboration across Networks: Collaboration across digital networks and with individuals is something the new generation needs to be prepared for. New Horizons, a global on-going research initiative, reports that we should focus more on global online collaboration where digital devices are used to support interactions and promote intercultural understanding.
3. Agility and Adaptability: Traditionally our education and work mindset has been designed for a fixed procedure. Tomorrow it may not be sufficient. The future employees need to be agile and adaptive to unpredictable consequences of glitches that come on the way. They have to learn skills and mindsets on demand.
4. Initiative and Entrepreneurship: We must empower our students to solve global challenges by teaching them to lead and take initiative. The curricula for the future need to be designed to inspire innovators.
5. Assessing and Analysing Information: We now live in the information age. We have access to a lot of information and misinformation. In this scenario, only an active and informed person will be able to assess and analyse information from many different sources through a critical eye.
6. Curiosity and Imagination: Albert Einstein has said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” In the school system inquisitiveness and thinking outside the box need to be treated with the same level of importance it gives to other subjects.
There is a stark contrast between the skills of the future and the focus of education today. Instead of teaching students to answer questions, we should teach them to ask questions. Instead of preparing them for college, we should prepare them for life. This will not only transform the future of education and the workforce but it will also transform the world we live in.

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