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How to Prepare Students for the Future Jobs?

 

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Global economic landscape is replete with gigantic changes taking place every second day. Concurrently, educators are entrusted with the task of inculcating such skills in young students that do not yet exist. Having said that, it is important to acknowledge that there is no magic dust that can be sprinkled upon students to transform them into revolutionary scientists or entrepreneurs. Skill development like technological evolution is a gradual process and requires practical and consistent improvements and development of fertile mind capable of learning. Here are 4 crucial elements that learners need now more than ever to become students of the future!


Critical Thinking

In an attempt to churn out higher academic scores, educators often overlook what is touted as the cornerstone of successful professional life. Critical thinking is just that. It does not only encompass the ability to analyse information and discover flaws but also to ask intelligent and right questions. Jobs of the future will undoubtedly require individuals not only to find problems but also to come up with pragmatic solutions. Rote learning can never instil such kind of high level thinking in students. Teachers can make students write essays or analyse author’s reasoning after lessons to engage them in critical thought processes.


Understanding the Importance of Branding

You may be thinking what relation does branding has with students but apparently so! With social media infiltrating every sphere of our lives, each one of us creates an audience and a brand with every digital interaction. It is important for teachers to make students realise that they already possess a brand and they nurture it with every Instagram upload, tweet and Facebook status update. Also, have them understand that the digital legacy they create, if poorly managed, may be responsible for their blacklisting by prospective universities and employers.


Collaborative Skills

Although modern teachers emphasise on group-based learning and assessments, a few team activities does not automatically translate into improved collaborative abilities. Also, contemporary workplaces require teams to co-ordinate over long distances and being active on social media does not make students digital communication experts by themselves. To hone communication skills in students, educators need to clearly define the role of each individual while allocating group assignments. They also need to put in place proper conduct rules to prevent conflicts between team members. Educators can also rely on cloud based platforms such as Google drive to make it cheap and convenient for students to collaborate from home and easier for them to assess and measure performance of students.

Inculcating Adaptability and Resilience

Students are bound to face a plenty of obstacles in their professional lives. Their ability to adapt and be resilient in times of problems will make a difference between their success and failure. The primary step to cultivate adaptability in students is to remove the fear associated with failure. Educators can do that by illustrating the anecdotes of great personalities and how did they overcome failure. Also, do not forget to point out that learnings from failures are a pathway to success.


By Deeksha Shivhare
Sr. Executive DigiCom - Content
Redefine Marcom Pvt. Ltd.