There are so many changes in education that it is worth considering the real curriculum that students need to succeed in the future. Jobs are increasingly hard to get and all the trends point to the fact that there will be more entrepreneurs than job seekers. It is more common to have students that have gone through the expected route and graduated with a degree, but then have to deal with the frustration of not securing their dream job.
So what is the solution if graduates are not able to get jobs upon graduation. Is there something wrong with the old formula? which included get an education, then get a job, rise through the ranks and finally retire with a sizeable pension. That’s not the world today, so how do we equip students to be ready for the new world. According to research 50 years from now, robots and computers will do much of the work humans now do. [Read: How to Be Marketable in 2025]
The focus of getting an education should not be to get a job but rather to be able to earn a living. Earning a living means getting paid or earning wages in exchange for services rendered, and not tied to getting a job in the traditional sense.
The goal of getting a traditional education is to provide a basic framework to gain specific skills. The real curriculum for developing students that are prepared for the future should include teaching them to keep learning, be open-minded, understand natural gifts and talents. Jobs and needs are changing faster than we can think so a child who is equipped to create, innovate and keep learning will be ready to face the future.
What is the “Real Curriculum” Needed?
• Adaptability – Learning to be curious and always seek solutions is number one skill required. The days of cramming just enough information to pass an examination are over. Students need to be able to understand and apply what they are taught in all areas, being adaptable is needed to be flexible.
• Unique Skills and Talents – The ability to identify unique skills and talents is critical. Everyone is wired with their particular God-given talents. It is best when these are identified, nurtured and maximised early on. This can be perfected to the point that the student is able to earn a living from these skills and talents.
• Self-motivation – The future will involve self-employment right out of University vs. getting a traditional job. The ability to self-motivate rather than being told what to do will be critical to success.
• Ethics– Work ethics have long-term benefits and will always outlive short-term quick win practices. Businesses that have lasted generations have Corporate Governance (structures and ethics) as their bedrock. There are several ways for students to learn this through case studies and gaining actual experience. [Read: Return on Character]
• Teamwork – The ability to learn to work with people in a team is critical. As an employee with a team of colleagues or as an entrepreneur, to lead others to achieve the goals of the Business.
• Self-regulation – The ability to self-regulate is important, more than ever before there is an abundance of things that can be done now – the newest app, the newest game, on demand tv etc. The importance of work-life balance is not suddenly learnt, understanding the need to spend quality time with your family starts early. A workaholic is not attractive.
This list of the real curriculum needed are some of the ways we can attempt to equip our children and students with skills they require to tackle today’s world. The typical 9 to 5 job is harder to come by and might not necessarily be the path to ‘earning a living’
What do you think about this shift in thinking – to be equipped to earn a living rather than rely on a traditional 9 to 5 job?
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