I attended an interesting webinar from Brett Schilke, Director of Impact at Singularity University. He asked that question
How to be relevant in this world of constant change?
One of the major changes is that information has become ubiquitous. As a consequence, information has transformed the way we learn. You have probably learned a lot this year just by watching Youtube or reading Wikipedia. Or perhaps you followed a course on Coursera. But the key question is
What are we actually going to learn?
Three of the top jobs that is going to be disrupted in the next 5 years are accountants, doctors and pharmacists. Then, if you have kids, probably you would like to know which studies or education they should have.
The fact is that the most reliable careers are changing. More and more there is a gap between the actual skills required by companies and the actual education received by students. 88% of British companies say that graduates are not prepared for the world of work.
This is one of the reasons why more than 90 coding schools have been created in the US. Also, since 2016, there has been a 14x increase in makerspaces!
Hence, something is missing. Brett calls this
The Fallacy of the 21st Century
The 21st century will be equivalent to the last 20,000 years of progress. The era of productive stability is over, we are entering an era of inventive resilience. This means that learning must become an ongoing human activity so that your skills do not die.
Brett suggests to proceed in 3 steps:
- Frame yourself by asking the question “what’s my purpose?”
- Forecast the future by asking “how might …?”
- Forage by collecting along your life as many skills are needed, just as nutrients.
Then, imagine yourself in this future, what you can achieve, which purpose you serve, how you impact the world.
Build the World You Love!