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

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Stem 26.04.10

  1. 1. Future Jobs<br />Suggestions from the Beyond Current Horizons programme<br />
  2. 2. Exploring learning<br /><ul><li>New technologies
  3. 3. New approaches to learning</li></ul>Exchange of ideas<br /><ul><li>Policy, research & practice
  4. 4. Space for experimentation</li></ul>Hard evidence & practical advice <br /><ul><li>Fieldwork & work with teachers
  5. 5. Communicating recent thinking</li></li></ul><li><br />6 Future scenarios – a set of detailed scenarios exploring the future of education<br />60 expert reviews <br />
  6. 6. The challenges we are facing<br /> Should education continue to be organised around the unit of the individual learner?<br />Should ‘the school’ retain its dominant position in assumptions about educational futures? <br />Should preparation for competition within a knowledge economy remain a primary goal for education?<br />
  7. 7. There are many possible futures<br />
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  10. 10. Futures can be...<br />Probable<br />Possible <br />Preferable<br />
  11. 11. Foreseeable consequences...<br />What’s likely to happen<br />But be wary of predictions...<br />
  12. 12. Machines were supposed to take over...<br />
  13. 13. Vs. The promise of a teleworking paradise<br />
  14. 14. And the reality...<br />
  15. 15. Technological progress can inform predictions<br />But we need to avoid technological determinism<br />Technologies reflect society but also shape and modify it <br /> <br />
  16. 16. e.g., automation<br />
  17. 17. Technology leads to blurring of sectoral boundaries<br />
  18. 18. However, technology is only one perspective..<br />What about demographic change?<br /><ul><li>Social and medical care
  19. 19. Pensions and insurance
  20. 20. The nature of work</li></li></ul><li>THE future job?<br />
  21. 21. What we wish vs what might happen<br />The skills we value (according to OECD and PISA)<br />
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  23. 23. The Lisbon strategy<br />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...”<br />
  24. 24. Is all this slightly utopian?<br />
  25. 25. Some data...<br />Between now and 2020 occupational change will not produce any significant reduction of low paid jobs <br />Almost a quarter of the entire workforce and about a third of all female workers will remain low paid<br />Source: IPPR –Institute for Public Policy Research<br />
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  27. 27. It’s not all doom and gloom<br />The Knowledge economy as a broader cultural and economic movement<br />Knowledge is going to be even more important<br />
  28. 28. “advanced” organic farming ?<br />
  29. 29. Xtreme power<br />
  30. 30. The UK video game industry<br />
  31. 31. New exciting opportunities can and will arise and STEM knowledge can provide young people with the most relevant resources to see them<br />
  32. 32. Thanks!<br />And remember<br /><br /><br /><br />
  33. 33. And some references... <br />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.<br />Ewart Keep (2009), Labour market structures and trends, the future of work and the implications for initial E&T. (<br />
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