With the COVID outbreak, we've learned that students need to be more flexible as they face their future work life. According to an article on District Administration, 6 Ways the Future of Work is Changing Education, there are 6 changes educators must make to help students be better prepared for their future work environments.
1. Develop creators, not consumers
Instructors teach students to work independently, manage their time, develop plans, brainstorm for problem-solving, and market ideas.
2. Teach Entrepreneurial Skills
Students must learn every aspect of their work environment. Teachers can do this with makerspaces, project-based learning, STEAM-focused learning and pairing up students with professionals to job shadow.
3. Teach COVID-era Skills
Students need to learn self-reliance. Teach students how to facilitate connections both personal and professional. Students also need to learn how to find credible information online, and other do-it-yourself like skills.
4. Develop Students who can learn on the job
K-12 education has always been the focus of businesses and manufacturing as a source of future workers who can be trained and retrained as the different industries change. To make this happen, teachers are connecting the real world to learning.
5. Provide more apprenticeships
Before education as we know it came into existence, students left the one-room schoolhouse, and most went into an apprenticeship program. Many districts are going back to this model by working with local businesses and community colleges to create CTE learn-on-the-job programs.
6. Don't force kids to go to college
Students are guided into going to a 4-year college, but now that emphasis is changing. Plumbers are in high demand and make a good living wage. A career in the trades is no longer a profession with no future.
With every shift that happens in our world, education has always made the jump to meet that change. COVID made this all the more apparent and educators are now scrambling to ensure students have the correct tools for the future of work.