Two skill-sets for your child’s success

The world is changing.

Globalisation, technology, demographics … all these are likely to change the nature of work, at least as we know it. Add to that peoples’ increasing awareness os and support for global issues and significant changes in young peoples’ values and personal preferences — all these changes will impact on how the world of work evolves.

To succeed in tomorrow’s world our children will need to possess the right skills to navigate through a constantly changing and technology-rich world with success.

What skills should children develop?

There are two skill sets that will be fundamental to our children’s success.

Digital skills will be in even higher demand than they are today.

While there may not be any particular shortage of people with advanced digital skills, what will pose a challenge is the number of young people with basic digital skills (ITC).

How come?” we hear you ask, “when they are never off their phones!

ITC skills include being familiar with using email, using browsers to search for information and general ease when using a computer and productivity software like Excel or Google Docs. Putting it simply, being a wiz on Snapchat won’t get your children extra points at interview (unless of course that is what the job’s all about).

We recently heard a very interesting anecdote about ICT skills.

A group of people met in one of those cafes with customer wifi (accessible via a password). The group leader set everyone a challenge — to break the code and access to the wifi network. Now, what type of person do you think was the first to gain access to the wifi network without asking for the password?

  • The MIT educated data scientist?
  • The ‘anonymous’ spare-time hacker?.

In fact, the person who gained access to the wifi network first was a 10-year-old girl.

How did she do that?” we hear you wondering. Well, she simply Googled a YouTube ‘How To’ video.

As we head towards increased digitalisation and automation in so many areas of lives, it is fair to say that many routine tasks will increasingly disappear from our day-to-day lives and from the workplace. Or, the will cease to exist in the forms we know them today.

For this reason, today’s children need to become familiar with digital basics and learn to develop their curiosity and their ability to adapt easily. Remember when word processors replaced typewriters in many offices? Typists didn’t suddenly find themselves without jobs. Many retrained, often on the job, to become word processors. Their jobs evolved, their job title evolved and they evolved.

Social skills

As digitalisation increases, much greater emphasis will be placed on hiring workers with an excellent portfolio of soft-skills.

Most of us have heard the term soft-skills — those skills that aren’t technical.

Soft skills are our personal skills the way we communicate, collaborate, lead, solve problems and self-organise. These human skills are much harder to automate.

These are the generic skills that companies will be targeting in young recruits and they are set to become among the most sought-after capabilities.

Our children will no doubt witness a new class of professional emerge in the future, combining both business acumen and technology talents with a heightened ability to manage both robots (bots) and humans.

Technical skills may be the one of the main assets when entering the workforce today, but soft skills will become the key to opening doors in the future. Team building, motivating, and delegating are all much easier for those with excellent soft skills.

The more soft-skills our children possess, the more valuable they will become in the future world of work and, the more valuable they become, the better they will be rewarded. In essence, people may well be paid to reflect their abilities rather than their job titles.

Equipping children with the right soft skills now will help to prepare them for a much brighter and more rewarding future.

Finding Soft Skills training

Camp Evolution stands out as the go-to provider for soft skills among the 9–14-years age group. Operating on a small scale and offering a broad range of core activities to build and strengthen childrens’ soft skills, Camp Evolution has already helped many children develop their human skills and readiness for becoming young adults.

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References

Accenture (2016). HR drives the Agile organisation.
Bevan, S. (2018). 21st Century Workforces and Workplaces: The Challenges and Opportunities for Future Work Practices and Labour Markets. 1st ed. Bloomsbury Publishing.
CIO (2017). Are you ready to become an employee of the future.
Deloitte (2016). Transitioning to the Future of work and the workplace.
OECD (2017). Future of work and skills.

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