The World Economic Forum met earlier this year in Switzerland. One of the key discussions was around the world of employment and the essential skills required.
These were the ten major areas identified by the World Economic Forum:
- Complex Problem Solving: understanding things that machines can’t do this is key to staying ahead
- Critical Thinking: analytical, open-minded, reasoning will be a much sought-after skill
- Creativity: a quality that may elude even the most powerful Artificial Intelligence (AI)
- People Management: even the coolest robots can’t match you for empathy, teamwork and sense of humour
- Working with others: both team and individuals thrive on good collaboration
- Emotional Intelligence: empathy and understanding lead to a more harmonious workplace
- Judgement and Decision-Making: as humans will still have the final say
- Service Orientation: offering customers added value
- Negotiation: A key survival skill that the rise of Artificial lntelligence will not change
- Cognitive Flexibility: being able to switch working styles on demand
Whilst our school does deliver vibrant and engaging content, it is essential that we go beyond traditional thinking and help students to prepare for a world so vastly different from the one in which we, as adults now, may have grown up in. It is our privilege and indeed our duty to help shape ways of thinking amongst the young and to help them appreciate how important these skills are. Inevitably, young people will make mistakes. We should expect it and with patience help them to identify strategies to take ownership now of all that they will require in the future.
I wish you a very happy weekend.