The world does not stand still. Information, medical, space technologies are developing at an incredible pace. What seemed to be fiction only yesterday is today becoming a reality. Our world is evolving, so are we. New professions and new skills emerge and what we considered important and unshakable, suddenly becomes outdated.
People of the future, who are they? What professions will be in demand in 15-20 years? How to raise a child who will be successful in the future? You will find answers to these questions in this article.
In November 2017, McKinsey&Co in their article identified the most sought-for working sectors through to 2030 by evaluating important demographic and economic patterns and trends.
In the nearest future, according to the authors, the following experts will be in demand on the labor market:
In addition to that, other scholars suggest the emergence of new professions, such as cyber investigators, digital linguists, mind fitness trainers, emotion designers, and others, at first glance, completely ephemeral professions.
What skills and competencies should professionals in these areas possess?
To be successful in any of these areas, a person must possess a number of certain characteristics. Here are the 10 competencies of the future which will allow your child to become a sought-after professional:
The topic of early development has become popular amongst parents over the last decade. Many people think: the sooner a child begins developing, the higher his chances of becoming successful in the future. However, their opinion is not supported by neurophysiologists and psychologists. The former informs that the brain develops gradually, and three-year-old children are not ready to learn neither English nor the alphabet of any other language. The latter claim that in the pursuit of intellectual development, the emotional intelligence of the child suffers. In addition, overloading the nervous system can lead to frequent colds, sleep problems and enuresis.
In addition to the topic of early development: those mothers and fathers who allowed their children to develop gradually and did not overload them at preschool age, compensate for that when children go to school. They sign up their child to various extracurricular classes starting from Year One, ignoring the fact that the process of adaptation to school has to take place prior to that. The child must get used to new responsibilities, new fellow students and teachers, and the very organization of school life. Otherwise, his brain will simply not manage to cope with such a large load.
It is better to decide collectively with the child what he is really good at, and where he would want to go after school, whilst reserving some time for homework.
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Many parents mistakenly put excessive pressure and control over their children in the pursuit of getting good grades. As a result, the child, in order not to upset mom and dad, does not focus on the knowledge, but on getting good grades. Children of demanding parents often suffer from anxiety and low self-esteem.
How many children have become victims of unfulfilled parental dreams! Moms and dads, dreaming of seeing great artists, athletes or scientists in their children, forget about the actual achievements and capabilities of the child. This results in anger and disappointment for the son or daughter that «has not fulfilled expectations».
Every child has its own pace of development and its own abilities. Some quickly learn to count, some start reading only by the age of 4, and some stun everyone with their musical abilities.
Do not compare your child with others. By doing this, you only harm his self-esteem and develop a sense of deficiency. Even if something does not work out for the child, you can always try to focus on his strengths.
Another common mistake made by the parents is their lack of readiness for the child to develop a new skill over time. Moms and dads expect that their child will learn everything on a whim, that teachers will constantly praise him and put him forward as an example.
Parents, with their good intentions, try to protect their children from household chores, thereby limiting their opportunity to be independent and take responsibility for the outcomes of their actions. And then they wonder why the grown-up son or daughter is not willing to even wash the dishes. Remember: the more autonomous tasks the child has, the more confident he feels.
Make it a rule to visit a new place in the city every week with your child. Explore it together and get acquainted with the architecture and landmarks.
Without exception, all parents want their children to be academically successful at school, be friends with their classmates and be a source of pride for teachers. But can a modern school give a child all the necessary skills and competencies to ensure their successful future?
If you compare the teaching approach to mathematics in the UK and, for example, in Japan, interesting differences can be spotted. British students go through a new topic during the lesson, solve a problem, they are given a similar task for a small test, but with a different unknown piece of data. For homework, they receive a problem of the same type and solve it according to the algorithm learned during the lesson. In contrast, Japanese students, after learning a new topic in class, get a problem for homework which they must solve in several ways. The highest mark is given to the student who came up with the biggest number of ways to solve the problem.
This example points out the development of independence, critical thinking and the ability to defend a point of view, in students. Unfortunately, the UK education system cannot boast of such results, especially with the introduction of the standardized nationwide examination systems, such as the GCSE and A-levels.
If parents want to help their child succeed and ‘nail’ all the necessary skills during the process of schooling, they need to pay attention to the following arguments:
It is important for parents to remember: the more areas of their child’s life become controlled by them, the less likely it would be for their son or daughter to display independence, and, consequently, succeed on their own and gain the necessary experience to ensure a successful future.
School is another step towards the successful future of your child. Try to ensure that these years are beneficial and are spent in safe conditions.
Dear parents, please remember: the successful future of your child is in your hands. But here, as in medicine, the main principle is not to harm. Do not harm your child with too much advice, control, excessive expectations, and your own ambitions. Let him gain new knowledge, acquire new skills, and gain essential experience autonomously. He will become a happy and confident person, who will be bound to become successful in the future!
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