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What's the future for high schoolers?

Article May 9, 2022

I was talking with a group of high schoolers in their final year the other day and I could easily split them into groups.

1 group have figured out what they wanted to major in their bachelor and applied for them.

The 2nd group applied for a bachelor they thought they might want to enter cause of FOMO and peer/fam pressure

The 3rd group have yet to apply for their bachelor cause they just didn’t know what to do in their lives.

What I realized is that these students with bright future do not lack the smarts.

They don’t lack the will.

They don’t lack the energy to pursue their dreams.

But they lack aspiration of what the world will look like 10, 20, 30 years in the future.

There are more to it than to become lawyers, policemen, firemen…

In 2050 half the jobs that exist today will be extinct and new jobs that you haven’t seen today will emerge.

🔎 Data detective

👨‍⚕️ Digital rehab counselor

👷 3D printing engineer for {insert specialization}

🦖 Extinct species revivalist

🏢 Sustainable building regulator

🎨 Metaverse architect

🦿Body part maker

👩‍⚕️ Nano medic

👨‍💼 Personal data manager

🧠 Memory-enhancement surgeon

With these emerging roles, the world will look and operate differently than today. But what do these roles have in common?

It’s the type of skill sets needed in the future jobs!

✅ The ability to work with data

✅ Analyze into insights

✅ Automate work process

If there’s 1 thing you can put your bet on is to invest in acquiring data literacy skill to futureproof your career.

It doesn’t really matter whether you know what you want to be after graduating (in the short term)

But it matters to build data literacy skills and learn how to see the world in data.