These words have become a constant refrain throughout the world for children and adults alike.
Everyone acknowledges that the future world will be very different from the present one. Parents fret over how to equip their children with the necessary knowledge and more importantly skills to tackle the ever-changing world. As children today are studying for jobs that do not yet exist, the worry about the rate that technical skills are becoming obsolete is very real.
With the reality of disruption in our faces at every turn, the future seems to be coming faster than we think.
According to the 2019 Workplace Learning Report by LinkedIn, the top 5 skills most in demand by companies in 2018 were all IT- related. Many of these jobs would have been niche and some did not exist 10 years ago.
The fast rate of change in the world makes it volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA). Merely acquiring and mastering knowledge is no longer a differentiating advantage. Any routine and/or repetitive tasks will be automated. Computers are much better than us at storing and retrieving information.
But technology is not able
to solve complex problems.
Hence, let us stop educating and training people to beat technology, but rather to solve the complex problems technology cannot yet solve. In order to do so, it starts with the need to change how we learn starting from young.
Let technology be technology,
and humans be humans.
To solve complex problems, we need to first know how to ask and frame relevant questions, learn new information, and strategically apply that learning to create solutions that solve the problem. Only those that accept change, iterate constantly and embrace continuous learning – those with a growth mindset – will be able to excel in the future.