Educators and school administrators have the tremendous challenge and opportunity help students prepare for life after school. Preparing students for advanced education after high school or helping them get careers they will love is just a part of the process that teachers and parents have alongside their students.
As technology improves over the decades, the question that arises is all about how we can help students prepare for a career they will enjoy, but step into one that does not yet exist. It’s not uncommon that popular in-demand jobs of today weren’t even available ten or twenty years ago.
Preparing students for jobs that don’t exist yet is like trying to predict the future. It’s not possible, but there is a lot that we can do to help students prepare by helping them build skills and foundations that will be necessary to capitalize on future career opportunities as they develop.
Develop Foundational Skills & Habits
Just because it’s not possible to predict future careers that don’t currently exist does not mean we can’t prepare students for them. Instead of trying to predict the future, it’s much easier to help students develop skills and habits that allow them to become independent thinkers, utilize modern technology, pursue creativity, and more.
You can incorporate skill development in classes and study sessions by introducing new systems and processes that, over time, develop into long-term skills and habits.
For example, encourage students to pursue topics they are curious about and it will help them to understand the importance of creativity and looking for information on their own. Without creativity, it will be difficult for students to see gaps in the market and opportunities in existing or upcoming industries.
With the rise of technology and social media, branding has become more important to individuals than ever. Once restricted to large corporations, branding can be important for students looking to branch into new careers and capitalize on opportunities that may require them to stand out from the crowd.
How we (and our students) use the internet and what we broadcast into the world can play an impact on how future peers, co-workers, employers, employees and more will regard an individual.
For most careers, especially those that are on the rise, a certain amount of collaborative skills will be required. Working with teams, co-workers, and agents will be a part of most organizations that are looking to make a difference in the world or an impact in the market. The more students can work together, the better off they will be in the future.
Even though it’s impossible to predict the future, there are certain foundational skills and habits that need to be built in order to help a student spot (or create) those future career opportunities. You can even look at existing careers that are in high demand that have only been around for a few years to see what kind of skills overlap with other careers.