This is a critical time for today’s young people.
When Kate Raynes-Goldie (interactive producer, AR/MR game designer and technology researcher) speaks at conferences or to organisations, concerned parents frequently ask for advice about their children. What should they be studying? How do they protect themselves from having their futures automated by AI and robots? What do they need to do to prepare for jobs and careers paths that do not even exist now? And perhaps the most burning question: how do they channel my son or daughter’s passion for video games into something positive and constructive?
Parents know they need to do something, but they don’t know who to turn to.
There’s a big push towards coding and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) but is this enough, or indeed the right strategy? A quick look at any of the research on job automation (check out willrobotstakemyjob.com) reveals that work involving human ‘soft skills’ such as critical thinking, empathy and creativity will be the most protected from automation.
Jobs like teacher, writer, and manager are the safest. Importantly, low-level coding is very likely to be automated (around 50% chance), but the person managing the development of that game or piece of software — who needs both hard and soft skills — has a very low chance (around 4%).
Future Human Academy has been designed for Grade 11 and 12 students to thrive in the future of work by supporting them in becoming tomorrow’s innovators, entrepreneurs and changemakers.
Read more about what Kate has to say about her pilot project, Future Ready Teens, and her purpose in better preparing young adults for tomorrow here