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A Field Guide to jobs that don't exist yet

Discussion in 'Education news' started by ClearAutism, Oct 12, 2017.

  1. ClearAutism

    ClearAutism New commenter

    Hugely interesting article examining the now-debunked (but still popular) claim from the 'Shift Happens' videos that

    “The top 10 in demand jobs in 2010 did not exist in 2004. We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t exist yet, using technologies that haven’t been invented, in order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet.”

    This quote jumped out at me for its present day relevance:

    In The Sociological Imagination (1959), C. Wright Mills already observed a shift taking place where public issues were being blamed on personal troubles that “occur within the character of the individual”.

    Sounds familiar, doesn't it? And how are these "public issues" then resolved?

    A Field Guide to 'jobs that don't exist yet'
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  2. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    Good article. It is an out and out lie to suggest that the 10 most in demand (by whom?)jobs didn't exist in 2004. Most of the population are doing jobs that would have been recognisable in the '80s, albeit using more technology.
    Yes, we need a gradual shift in what we do in schools, but actually the way to train kids for the jobs that don't exist is to give them a mixture of knowledge and skills so they can learn to do the "new jobs" as they appear.
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  3. mathsmutt

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