Does your son know what he wants to do when he grows up? What interests he wants to pursue, what career path he might take, what education path he will follow? How many times have you asked him, or his teachers have asked him?
Today there is more choice in the path a student follows when he leaves school then ever before. According to the World Economic Forum, 65 percent of students entering school today will end up working in a job or industry that doesn't exist today.
By 2020, the WEF estimate that more than a third of the skills needed to succeed in these new jobs aren't considered crucial today, so there is a fair chance most students aren't being taught them.
In 2013, David Schilling quoted statistics that indicate the level of human knowledge is doubling every 13 months, and it could very soon equate to just 12 hours.
A World Economic Forum report in 2016 stated "Technological trends such as the Fourth Industrial Revolution will create many new cross-functional roles for which employees will need both technical and social and analytical skills."
Figures like this can be daunting, especially when we think about how our children are being educated. Is there simply too much pressure on them, and on you?
Amba Brown, an Australian author, who holds a degree in psychology and sociology, with Honours in Positive Psychology, discusses a new approach for navigating a happy life after school in a TEDx Talk she gave recently at TEDxYouth@AIS. You can watch the full talk below.
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