What skills should your children learn to improve themselves for a future where “safe” jobs are obsolete, and new jobs unknown to us will be introduced.

First, there was mail. Then, the phone. Now, various messaging and live video chat apps are just a download away. You can instantly chat to a loved ones thousands of kilometres away, or get work done for clients in a different time zone altogether.

As technology advances, our children will be able to communicate to one another as if they’re in the same room. Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently shared with the world how they are able to use Virtual Reality to visually overlay avatars of your friends from elsewhere. Inside this experience, users can play games, watch movies together and even take video calls, all this while being able to express your emotions through a first-person experience.

New Technology Will Change the Way Your Children Work In The Future

The way we communicate is just one example of how the advancement of technology is set to change the way we work. According to the World Economic Forum’s 2016 report “The Future of Jobs”, automation will render more than 5 million jobs obsolete. For office workers and administrative personnel, manufacturing employees, to those who work in legal fields new technology will change the nature of work we used to perceive were “safe jobs”, helping us do those jobs faster and better.

Your children need to work on new skills and strategies, so that they'll be marketable in a time when jobs that don’t now exist will be in the forefront. Here are some skills that your kids should acquire to thrive in a future work environment. #TheFutureIsNOW

1. Computational Thinking

The growth of technology will mean that the demand for tech skills will skyrocket. In the future, new employees will need to have computational thinking skills the ability to manage and process incoming data, spot patterns and make sense of it all.

As the amount of information we absorb increases over time, employers will value the ability to manage all this without being overwhelmed. There'll also be a corresponding rise in demand for workers in related areas like software development, market research and marketing in the coming years.

2. Soft Skills and New Media Literacy

In a world where communication between people across borders is only a touch away, there'll be a high demand for soft skills such as social and emotional intelligence, as well as cross-cultural competency skills where robots still lag behind humans.

The digital marketing sector, especially in the areas of sales, retail and customer relations, is set to grow. But what employers want to see is how well new hires understand New Media Literacy the ability to leverage on new media platforms they'll be introduced in the future, as well as finding the best way to communicate effectively to a target market with these platforms.

3. Lifelong Learning

As technology allows us to see a world without barriers and limits, we will become a society where we are constantly learning new things. Resources will be just a click away. On your daily commute to work, you can download an app to brush up on your coding skills or even master web development.

More teachers and trainers will be required to shift the learning paradigm to bite-sized chunks of information on the go, or to provide a learning experience that students can access at any given time. By constantly learning, your children will no longer be limited by a specific career path, as their versatile skills will set them apart from the rest of the pack.

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