Preparing our young people for the careers of the future

‘A career for life’ is becoming a rarity. In today’s climate, the average person changes jobs ten to fifteen times (with an average of 12 job changes) during his or her career. Many workers spend five years or less in every job, so they devote more time and energy transitioning from one job to another.

Careers are changing; several careers such as Mobile App Developer, Data Scientist, Social Media Manager, and even Digital Marketing Specialist didn’t exist ten years ago. We can only begin to imagine what the careers of the future might be, it is estimated that 65-85% of jobs that will exist in 2030 have not been invented yet!

The government are encouraging schools to educate children from an early age on the wealth of careers available to them, helping to raise their aspirations. This is something our Prep School already offers and that we will expand this academic year. It is an optimum time, as this is when pupils are engaged in, open and responsive to new ideas before they begin to narrow the focus of their options in the Senior School.

The impact of early engagement can have a hugely positive impact on wider academic attainment, as well positively influencing the career ambitions of Prep-aged pupils which are often based on gender stereotypes, socio-economic backgrounds and influenced by TV, film and radio as demonstrated in the Telegraph newspaper article earlier this year. KS2 children are receptive to learning about employment opportunities and skills, especially when these are linked to the subjects that they are studying. Careers events and activities can strengthen competencies in decision-making, presentation, transition, sociability, listening and planning.

We aim to open the minds of our young people allowing them to explore more of what is on offer in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts/Design and Mathematics) subjects as this offers hope and aspiration to our many talented and gifted children; preparing them for jobs of the future.

Exposing our young people to a wide range of careers available to them now as well as touching on the possible jobs of the future will help them to focus on the required employability skills such as communication, leadership and teamwork, initiative and self-motivation, planning and time management as well as commercial awareness. Our budding employees of the future need to equip themselves with the right skills, characteristics, qualifications and habits to make them successful in the future world of work.

Mrs Wendy Offord, Learning Resources Centre Manager – Careers Lead