Our current educational system is cracking at the foundations. The standard model of sitting in a classroom for 7 hours a day, 9 months a year, for 13-19 years is slowly becoming less-relevant in the face of technological progress.
A recent study by Oxford University found that up to 47% of today's jobs will disappear in 25 years, thanks to increased computer efficiency and the advance of artificial intelligence capabilities.
Q: So how can an educational system designed to train you for a job that no longer exists be sustainable?
A: It isn't. But there are new options...
The "plug-ins" necessary to reboot our antiquated educational system are developing quickly and people are using them to future-proof their careers in 3 unique ways:
1) Getting started without many resources? Options are popping up!
Life isn't an RPG, and not everyone starts from the exact same fair origin point. If you didn't start life with a full-ride at your finger tips, there are rising institutions answering the call of those in need. To jump the skills gap, train, educate, and prepare workers for the jobs of tomorrow, companies like Year Up, College for Social Innovation, Operation Hope, AmeriCorps, and Service Year Alliance have sprung up with the necessary resources to get workers back on their feet. Taking advantage of these resources may be your first step for re-tooling your technical skillsets and landing a job that will take your career to a new level of opportunity.
2) Established career? Time to level up!
So you managed to make it through your undergraduate degree, great! But after college it was exceedingly difficult to find a job as a Latin Theater Studies major, so you settled for a job at local retailer, and worked up to middle management. But it wasn't all it was cracked up to be. Now is the perfect time for your to join a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) in an area of burgeoning growth, Machine Learning. Cognitive Class.AI, EdX, Coursera, Future Learn, iversity, Udemy, and Udacity are some of the top rated MOOC's that you can join today to get started on building a new career that will evolve with technology rather than being replaced by it. Once you complete a course, add it to your resume!
3) Already got skills? Get ready to work with machines & people!
In my previous posts on Ideation, Large-Scale Pattern Recognition, and Complex Communication, I outlined the top 3 skills necessary to keep pace in the evolving labor market. If there was one more I could add it would be Social Skills.