Amid Covid-19, the marketplace and classrooms continue to transform at a rapid rate. Even before the crisis, schools have been struggling to implement educational technologies in the classrooms.
Conventional instruction and classroom experiences need to transform to include new ways to learn effective communication, critical thinking and problem-solving skills to address the complexities and challenges of the future workplace.
How Educational Technology Can Prepare Graduates to Succeed in the Workplace
In the future workplace, the demand for skills in critical thinking, creative thinking, problem-solving and collaboration will increase. Analytical thinking, financial literacy and originality will be vital.
Knowledge acquired through memorisation or other conventional classroom methods will become less sought-after, and there will be less emphasis on manual dexterity and endurance.
Interactive educational technology can be integrated into the classroom, evolving the educational systems within schools to place emphasis on job-skills that will be valuable to the next-generation employers.
Educational leaders and educators alike are in a unique position to create the change needed to enhance lifelong skill sets by updating educational priorities, modifying teaching methodologies and integrating technology appropriately into the existing curriculum.
The aim should be to help students to become creators and collaborators instead of being mere consumers in the classroom context and important tools that can assist in making this aspiration happen to include immersive educational technologies.
Skill Sets that Can Help Prepare Students for the Future Workplace
There are six vital skill sets that are growing in prominence:
Originality and innovation will be at the forefront of the future workplace. Unique approaches that can transform processes, products or services and innovate the workplace as it is will be in demand across multiple industries. Addressing problems in ways that transcend traditional approaches, rules and patterns to imagine and develop unusual or unexpected ideas will be key to successful innovation.
The complex systems and problems of the future workplace will require collaborative efforts and, therefore, flexibility will be highly valued. Adaptability will be an incredibly powerful skill to help future employees cope with changing requirements, circumstances and expectations. The complexity of the future workplace will also necessitate negotiation skills to help resolve differences through compromise and agreement to discover common ground and accomplish goals.
The future leaders of industry will be able to change the beliefs, attitudes or behaviours of other individuals, and thus mastery of persuasive communication will become more prominent. Understanding and cultivating social influence by embracing organisational politics, promoting both oneself and other people, building trusting relationships and cultivating networks to guide individuals and groups will advance leadership paradigms in the workplace.
4. Emotional Intelligence
Students will need to develop the ability to identify and harness not only his/her personal emotions, but also the emotions of others to accomplish goals while overcoming inevitable setbacks. Rationally identifying and interpreting challenges and seeking help from others to find alternatives will be even more in demand and will be paired with collaboration, creativity and leadership skills to create efficient and prosperous workplaces.
5. Engagement and Intellectual Curiosity
Although life-long learning is already becoming a vital part of each individual’s skill set, it will continue to grow in prominence. The ability to be a life-long learner will help students to address the growing need for the continued development of knowledge and skills in the workplace and for personal fulfilment through formal and informal training.
6. Complex Problem-Solving
The rapid development of new technology, such as artificial intelligence will increase the need to develop complex problem-solving skills. There will be a demand for analytical and critical thinking, creative problem solving and the ability to complete detail-orientated tasks.
Technology design skills and programming abilities will enable employees to apply practical knowledge and abilities to accomplish information technology, mechanical, mathematical or scientific tasks.
Although there is very little certainty about the future workplace, it is clear that the existing educational approach will not adequately prepare the employees of tomorrow to rise to the complex challenges they will meet.
Educational technology will be a vital component in the preparation strategy.