Many of the futuristic thinkers in the world of work have predicted that today’s children will hold jobs in perhaps three of the major “job clusters” (Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources; Architecture & Construction; Arts, A/V Technology, & Communications; Business Management & Administration; Education & Training; Finance; Government & Public Administration; Health Sciences; Hospitality & Tourism; Human Services; Information Technology; Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security; Manufacturing; Marketing; Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics; Transportation, Distribution & Logistics). Additionally, they will probably experience possibly thirteen different jobs within those career clusters over their lifetime. Gone are the days when a person started in one job, and retired decades later in that same job. For this reason, and for many others, we need to prepare our children for the rapidly changing work world, and we need to help them draw their live’s plans in pencil.
Anyone who has a gifted child, or who works with gifted children, has probably observed that gifted children often have many interests, and seem blessed with multi-potentiality, the ability to do many things well. While these characteristics will be very helpful, experts are also finding that other strategies help prepare children for the rapidly changing work world.
In a recent article in the Washington Post entitled 7 strategies to help prepare your child for the rapidly changing work world by Phyllis Fagell, the following ideas were suggested:
Though many of these ideas seem like common sense, when taken in context with our hopes and dreams for our children, they become things that we can do TODAY to help our children succeed TOMORROW.
As always, I welcome your feedback and thoughts. Thanks for considering my perspective, and please feel free to share your perspective!
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