What Future Are You Preparing Your Child For?

Dear Parents,

What future are you preparing your children for?

If your children are teenagers and budding adults, you may find that you are confronted with serious decisions regarding their career planning and choices.

The future is already here. Our world is demanding virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and artificial intelligence (AI). These are concepts that were termed futuristic in those movies from the 90s and early 2000s. Do you remember? Well, it’s happening now. New job roles are being created that never existed before. Who knows what transitions the work place will experience before the end of 2020? Or in the next few years for that matter?

You will agree with me that before COVID-19 happened, the kinds of jobs that have emerged in the last 3 years did not exist 13 years ago. Thanks to globalisation, digitisation and data management, the world as we know it is evolving so fast. In it everything and anything is possible if you are determined enough. How do we prepare our children for a future we may not be able to keep up with or understand?

If you grew up in the 80s and 90s, do you remember how our parents drilled into our heads the mantra, “Read your books and pass your exams. You will get a good job”. We believed this was the recipe for success. When we grew up, we learnt differently. It worked for them but by the time it got to our turn, it was a whole new reality. So how do we pass on this baton?

It is on us to help our youths be teachable and adaptable to be able to take on challenges in the future now unknown. Except you’re a time traveler, you cannot tell exactly what the future will bring. Who knows what the world will look like in 10 years? Who knows what the work place will be redefined to be in another 20 years. Let us prepare them to be open to new changes and flexible for unseen demands of the future.

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