With workplaces transforming rapidly, students need skills like collaboration, communication, critical thinking, creativity, and computational thinking. It is also important to prepare students with technology skills. With technologies like cloud computing, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and more are in demand around the world, having an updated skill set has never been more important.
To empower students to be future-ready:
- The educators need to know about latest technological concepts
- Students have to be educated to gain future-ready technology skills
- Educational system needs to be empowered with advanced curricula and certifications
- Institutions need to be collaborated with corporations to support student employability
- Education should dedicate time for creative projects
- Teachers should appreciate and encourage innovation and divergent ideas
- Education should imbibe skills that help employees to make decisions
- Teachers should consider scope for failure
- System should evaluate what matters most
The students have to know how to learn. Following are some of the essential approaches for creating an innovative workplace.
1. Project-based learning
Students develop the skills to work independently with the help of project-based learning (PBL). PBL enhances critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving. It promotes the learning potential for each student as they design their learning path. Students need more real-world experiences that will positively mould them beyond classroom walls.
2. Artificial intelligence
Approximately 40% of the future jobs will be replaced by artificial intelligence. Hence, the students would benefit by learning about artificial intelligence. Students can learn how to use AI for designing, troubleshooting, and create their own AI. The students should be allowed to understand, explore and design AI, which will result in innovation. It provides all students with experiences and competencies that AI might bring.
There are many ways students can develop skills for the future in the workplace. Having opportunities to explore new technologies will lead students to discover their interests. Students can identify what they are interested in, become curious about learning, engage in hands-on learning, problem-solving, and troubleshooting. Students need to understand how things work, how to iterate and design new technologies. Even in a world where there are countless applications, many of which complete complex tasks, manpower is still needed to keep our technology relevant and competitive.
4. Place-based learning.
Place-based learning is anytime, anywhere learning. Here, learning can be shifted from the traditional content to a specific area or focus on the culture of a place. This helps students build on content knowledge while also developing empathy and socio-emotional learning skills. Schools have to collaborate with local experts, community centres, and other organisations to allow students to apply the content they are learning in the real world. These opportunities foster student agency, inform students about local and global issues and facilitate a personal investment in their work.
5. Entrepreneurial skills
The skill that students need for the future is the ability to quickly adapt to a changing workplace. A part of the curriculum within a course should be dedicated to providing the right learning experiences where students can work independently as well as collaboratively. Entrepreneurial courses will lead to critical thinking, problem-solving, and time management skills. Students will also develop socio-emotional learning (SEL) skills. This can stem from engaging in projects with a team to plan events, set up a business, create websites, etc.
Students need to know how to use technology. Also, to access the right digital skills that will prepare them for a variety of work environments - whether it be physical or virtual. With the use of technological advancement and platforms for business operations, companies are cutting down the number of full-time employees. Instead, temporary employees or independent contractors are high in demand. Hence it is important to help students think like entrepreneurs and become the innovators of the future.
Children should get early opportunities to develop foundational skills. This will help them in reasoning, think creatively, analyse data and work collaboratively in the future. Out-of-school programs beyond the classroom are required to succeed in the future workplace.
Schools and companies can work together to encourage and empower the students for the future. Students should have the opportunities to develop attitudes, skills, and knowledge critical to their future workplaces. This in turn helps them to understand and evolve in a globally connected world.