“Future-Proof” Students Against Unemployment.

by Patrick Liew on August 19, 2019

“Future-Proof” Students Against Unemployment.

I am thankful that our government is proactive in looking at how to “future-proof” our students against unemployment.

While it is important to predict the future, it may be a tough call.

The landscape will be shaped by imponderables such as new discoveries, black swans, and technological disruptions.

How the future unfolds will depend on choices of different individuals and groups.

They are operating in an increasingly interconnected and at the same time multipolar world.

From an educational perspective, we need to prepare our students for all plausible scenarios.

Ensure that they have what it takes to survive through even the worst possibilities.

While it is important to be sensitive and responsive to the changing environment, we need to also help our students develop the capacity, ability and adaptability to survive and succeed in it.

To be future-ready, students must have a passion for learning and the ability to learn how to learn.

Know how to harness information, think critically, and be able to constantly improve themselves so as to achieve better results.

In this regard, it is sad that in my straw poll with many people, a lot of them have not read a single academic journal or attend another educational course after completing their formal education.

In a fast-changing world, they are working towards irrelevance and obsolescence.

As there will be potentially more natural crisis and other kinds of turbulence ahead of us, we need to help our students cultivate problem-solving skills to deal with them.

Know how to handle failures and build up their resilience so that they will be able to exploit the silver lining in every dark cloud.

Be competent in managing change and be committed to lifelong learning and so as to be able to make sustainable contributions to their organisations and society.

In an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world, they must know how to connect and communicate with the others in the global community.

Know how to work with people that subscribe to different creed and custom and are from other culture, community, and country.

Have the competence and sensitivity to collaborate with them.

And have the skills to work with them to co-create solutions for current as well as future challenges.


I hope this message will find a place in your heart.

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