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Future Jobs – Where are the Careers of the Future? Keynote at the South West STEM Conference, April 2010.

Future Jobs – Where are the Careers of the Future? Keynote at the South West STEM Conference, April 2010.

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  • Future Jobs
    Suggestions from the Beyond Current Horizons programme
  • Exploring learning
    • New technologies
    • New approaches to learning
    Exchange of ideas
    • Policy, research & practice
    • Space for experimentation
    Hard evidence & practical advice
    • Fieldwork & work with teachers
    • Communicating recent thinking
  • www.beyondcurrenthorizons.org
    6 Future scenarios – a set of detailed scenarios exploring the future of education
    60 expert reviews
  • The challenges we are facing
    Should education continue to be organised around the unit of the individual learner?
    Should ‘the school’ retain its dominant position in assumptions about educational futures?
    Should preparation for competition within a knowledge economy remain a primary goal for education?
  • There are many possible futures
  • Futures can be...
    Probable
    Possible
    Preferable
  • Foreseeable consequences...
    What’s likely to happen
    But be wary of predictions...
  • Machines were supposed to take over...
  • Vs. The promise of a teleworking paradise
  • And the reality...
  • Technological progress can inform predictions
    But we need to avoid technological determinism
    Technologies reflect society but also shape and modify it
     
  • e.g., automation
  • Technology leads to blurring of sectoral boundaries
  • However, technology is only one perspective..
    What about demographic change?
    • Social and medical care
    • Pensions and insurance
    • The nature of work
  • THE future job?
  • What we wish vs what might happen
    The skills we value (according to OECD and PISA)
  • The Lisbon strategy
    The EU should“… become the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world, capable of sustainable economic growth with more and better jobs and greater social cohesion...”
  • Is all this slightly utopian?
  • Some data...
    Between now and 2020 occupational change will not produce any significant reduction of low paid jobs
    Almost a quarter of the entire workforce and about a third of all female workers will remain low paid
    Source: IPPR –Institute for Public Policy Research
  • It’s not all doom and gloom
    The Knowledge economy as a broader cultural and economic movement
    Knowledge is going to be even more important
  • “advanced” organic farming ?
  • Xtreme power www.xtremepowerinc.com
  • The UK video game industry
  • New exciting opportunities can and will arise and STEM knowledge can provide young people with the most relevant resources to see them
  • Thanks!
    And remember
    www.futurelab.org.uk
    www.beyondcurrenthorizons.org.uk
    www.visionmapper.org.uk
  • And some references...
    Cooke, G. and Lawton, K., Institute for Public Policy Research, Working out of poverty: A study of the low-paid and the ‘working poor’, London, 2008. Department for Work and Pensions, In-work poverty: A systematic review, London, 2008. Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Addressing in-work poverty, York, 2008.
    Ewart Keep (2009), Labour market structures and trends, the future of work and the implications for initial E&T. (www.beyondcurrenthorizons.org)