“How do we train for the jobs of tomorrow?” was the central question of our last week very first edition of LearnX, a meetup organized thanks to the collaboration of Future Funded, Ourdreamschool, EdX and MOB. The event was organised around related topics: access to education, skills of the future and innovation. And the least we can say, is that it’s been a real sharing moment: teachers, entrepreneurs, representatives of educational institutions, designers, or simply young professionals have made it until our MOB&Pau coworking join the open discussion. Everyone had the opportunity to express their vision of our fast-changing world where access to education and professional training remain unsatisfactory matters.
These societal concerns may seem difficult to discuss at first, but they truly have generated positive and promising dialogues. The discussion quickly evolved into each one’s vision of the fast-changing world, which is now evolving in response to constant technological innovations. We are indeed switching into a world that requires a life-long learning process, where self-development and motivation become essential, as it’s more and more about building from scratch.
As a consequence, and for many, university degrees are no longer enough, because many carry the belief that we need to encourage more training in order to meet the needs of the labour market that is demanding new skills.
In short, things start moving, people think differently.
It’s more and more about being in symbiosis with the world around us, in professional or personal matters, and letting go vain quests like constant search for profit.
This observation is also based on reality: firms tend to judge degrees as the main differentiator on the labour market, often forgetting to evaluate soft skills, that should be at the centre of considerations since they reflect a person’s profile better than anything else. A greater consideration of these human qualities would avoid hiring mistakes for many companies, which are gradually starting to integrate this issue in their recruitment strategies. For others, it is also very important to possess an essential quality to succeed professionally: adaptability, because most technical skills can be quickly learnt by anyone as long as they put effort in it, right?
All participants agreed to say that the true background of all this is our far from being perfect educational system, with the general feeling that students are not given a chance to develop their passions and interests at school to become good elements in the workplace. Most of them are so much stuffed with information that it’s poisoning them in terms of hunger for learning. Consequently, most of them leave school without being fully prepared for the future, knowing that most of them won’t keep the same job for their whole life thanks to the greater professional mobility expected for the next decades.
New schooling techniques must as well take into account resources that are already available on the internet and very rich in information like seminars, online courses and instructive videos. The role of teachers is also a key issue. It has very little changed over time, and it seems obvious that they should play a greater role in educating young people, by becoming their mentors more than figures of authority.
In short, a real moment of sharing which has given rise to an interesting and relevant debate on themes of the future, which will affect each individual in one way or another, and which we need to anticipate from now to be able to develop new skills and update ourselves every step of the way.
By: Inès Zaroui