Changing world of work for pupils

In lifetime of every person, we will have to work 40 different jobs until we reach 100, so teachers should prepare schoolchildren a good educational background, an expert said. 

An increasing move towards sharing economy models of business could see people making a living from Uber and Airbnb and taking part-time jobs rather than following a traditional career path, the expert has said.

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Rohit Talwar, chief executive of Fast Future, a business consultancy, will be addressing nearly 300 headteachers as part of an annual gathering of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC) in St Andrews, Scotland.

The expert will call on school leaders to urgently think about how to prepare children for the rapidly changing working world.

He pointed to research that suggests that between 30 per cent and 80 per cent of all the jobs that exist today will vanish in the next 10 to 20 years as firms rely more on robots, warning of an impending “disconnect”.

He compared the current technological revolution with previous changes through the agricultural and the industrial revolution. In his view, new industries will emerge but fewer jobs will be available to new generations.

He said: ” New industries are coming through are going to be very highly automated from day one. If you walk around a Tesla factory, you can’t spot the humans. There are very few people there. You go to an Amazon warehouse now, there are no humans.

Mr Talwar said that a growing life expectancy will mean youngsters alive today could potentially be working up to the age of 100. Therefore, they should be secured a job.

 

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