To the typical question, that all of us, have been asked more than once when we were a child: ‘What do you want to be in the future?’, the answers that can be heard were doctor, firefighter, actor, footballer, teacher or even astronaut in the case of the most adventurous children.
But, now let’s stop for a moment to consider which would be the answers in that moment… of course similar professions will still exist in the future, but there will be professions that we cannot even imagine now. In fact, nearly 75% of the jobs in the future do not exist at present. Three out of four degrees which are nowadays taught in universities might be out-of-time in some years.
We do not know which are going to be the professions of our children, but we do know that the technology will play an important role on them. Each day we listen the changes that new technologies will imply in our lives and the impact that soon the robotization will have in the job market.
If we do not know which will be the jobs in the future, how can we educate the future workers? How can we prepare them for a constant changing and technological world?
The most innovative companies will look for creative, proactive young people with a good digital training. Knowing and controlling new technologies will be soon a must to adapt in new work environments; works with constant change and with a high diversity of tasks.
In a constant changing world, it is going to be crucial the continuous training by the workers in order to continue being competitive. It is necessary to promote technological competences and abilities. Labour mobility will increase competence and only those who keep themselves updated and able to adapt to changes will progress in their professional career.
Of course, we must consider a paradigm shift in the future professionals’ training, with a tendency towards a more holistic /multidisciplinary model and leave models in which the specialization is put before the global knowledge behind. It will be necessary to have a training model in which both technology and humanism are combined, having, as a result, professionals able to solve problems with critical thinking, creativity, empathy or emotional intelligence. We should move towards a future in which not only attitudes but also aptitudes are more valued than technical ones.