What will your children be when they grow up? Certainly, the world will always need teachers, doctors, nurses, and repair specialists. But did you ever think about jobs that will need employees by the year 2030? The World Economic Forum recently reported that seven million jobs will be lost by 2020 due to automation—with administrative and office jobs being the first to go. However, that same study also reports that two million jobs will be created through technological advances.
Have you been watching your children play with their technology? They may be concentrating on reaching the next game level, building the virtual city, or vanquishing all the monsters. Children’s play is a clue to their interests as adults. Think about your own childhood. What did you find most interesting? Do you find yourself in a job that uses those skills today? I hope you do - I know I do!
While technology does supplant reading and creative play, much to the chagrin of most parents, it does prepare the child for a technological society where new jobs will use these skills. Consider where your child may find the source of future paychecks based on current interests:
What are YOU doing to prepare your child for a career in the future?
Author: Renee Heiss