The future of work is an important topic. It’s where our kids will live. We are training our kids for that future, whether we are mindful of it or not. Homeschooling offers us many opportunities to prepare them.
Today’s students will be working at jobs not yet created, working in technology that is just now being developed, and will be part of a fast-paced and ever-changing world. Technology is developing at a rapid pace!
Today’s workforce is quad-generational with different values, motivations, and work styles. Work is less structured and more agile. Employees want flexibility and immediacy and customer expectations are growing; they want immediacy in response and getting their needs met. Furthermore, technology is accelerating the pace of business.
What Economies will Play the Biggest Roles in the Future?
- Big Tech Economy
- Precision Economy
- Exodus Economy
- Empath Economy
- Gig Economy
Let’s take a look at each of these economies and consider some of the new technology that will affect and change the future!
Big Tech Economy:
Robotics & Automation
- drone deliveries
- driverless cars
AI will affect industries across every aspect of life:
- Health Care
- Urban Planning
3- D Printers
- 3-D Printing is changing industries across the board
- Sensors more widely adapted for business
- The expansion of data will require more analysts
- Behavioral scientists & Gamification experts
- help people detox
- get the most out of people
People looking for sustainable lifestyles
- upcycling and
- community energy
- Tech will be stewarded and managed by IT
- Managers and automation will take over many dull, dirty and dangerous jobs
- Living high tech will force us to embrace emotional work
- Spiritual Leaders
- Mental Health Workers & Emotional Care
Includes a Labor Market Characterized by:
- Short-term contracts
- Freelance work
Future workers will need technical skills and soft skills, particularly Creativity, Critical Thinking, Collaboration, and Communication Skills. The good news is that a solid high school course of study will lay a solid foundation for all students. Future workers will need the ability to upskill and re-skill and have a zeal for lifelong learning.
What’s the Best Way to Navigate the Future?
As always, I recommend start with the end in mind and working backwards. What kind of lifestyle does your student want to have, where do they want to live, what work do they believe in and want to invest in doing?
Assess your student, your current resources, and your location, as all of these offer various challenges and opportunities.
And don’t forget that you are one of your student’s best resources. What are your areas of interest and trained vocation? Your kids have a jump start on whatever it is you share with them, because of what you already know.
If you aren’t sure where to start to prepare them for the future of work, begin with a typical course of study and build from there. Still unclear? Our Academic Advisors would love to help you craft a plan for success!
True North Homeschool Academy classes that will set your student up for future success:
- Life Skills 101
- Personal Finance
- Photography & Digital Tech
- Video Editing
- Survive Homeschooling High School
- Young Professionals Series
- Academic Advising & Testing
As you can see, homeschooling provides unique opportunities to prepare for the future of work! If you want to read more about how to help your children explore careers take a look at our blog post on How to Accelerate Your Career as a Homeschool Student and take a look at the classes mentioned above to learn specific skills.