We are all aware of how rapidly technology is changing our world, including our jobs and the way we seek
employment. It is crucial that we as educators consider how these changes will affect our students as they move into their journey beyond secondary schooling.
Technology impacting on employment is not a new issue – the Industrial Revolution is historical evidence of that, but new jobs are created as these things change. So, the question we must consider is “what can we expect from the changes we are seeing in 2018?”
The jobs which are most susceptible to technological changes, such as automation are those which are routine, and the proportion of people employed in these jobs is decreasing, including factory workers and manufacturing lines. In contrast, non-routine employment is growing in Australia. Occupations that require creativity, complex thinking, managerial experience or human presence are those which will be some of the jobs of the future. Technology will also create further opportunities through the need for workers to develop, use or supervise the operation of new technologies.
Employers, now and into the future, are seeking employees with transferable skills, which enable them to adapt to the changing workforce demands. Job seekers who have these skills, in addition to role specific expertise, will have an advantage in the recruitment process.
Here at Encounter Lutheran College, our focus in integrating these skills into our curriculum, through the IBMYP,
Cross-curriculum priorities in the Australian Curriculum, and with the SACE capabilities, sets up our graduates for success in the changing workplace dynamic.
I am confident that the Australian Curriculum, the International Baccalaureate Program and SACE, along with the explicit teaching of skills critical to employment in the 21st century, are being taught here at Encounter. These will provide our graduates with the skills and capabilities to navigate this increasingly unsteady and shifting work world.
We cannot be complacent in assuming that we are preparing our students for one job. It is crucial to provide them with both Enterprise Skills (see below) for future employability, and the resilience to navigate their way in an increasingly complex labor market.
Individualised pathways are a hallmark of the Encounter experience. We ensure that each student has the right information and opportunities to study subjects and courses, which can include brokering in outside educational organisations, to offer a curriculum that parallels their interests, skills and talents.
Head of Middle & Senior School