The world is changing rapidly, and in an Al-driven world, many jobs of the 20th Century will not exist by 2025. In addition, the remaining industries will see massive changes according to a Garner Report.
How do we prepare students for such a future?
Dr Shanton Chang, Professor of Information Behaviour and International Systems for the University of Melbourne’s School of Computing and Information visited Bangkok Patana and spoke about how students can improve their employability in a fast-changing world. He said that having an awareness of security and sustainability is essential as students try and manoeuvre their career path.
A balanced CV is what companies look for, so having a good degree, digital literacy, practicing and networking outside of your comfort zone, improving language skills and team building and to be able to adapt to working remotely are some of the tips Professor Chang shared with the Secondary students and parents who attended his lunchtime presentation.
Students had the following reflection from the session:
“Professor Chang gave me some new insights into the nature of the job market in this time where the occupations we apply for might not even exist at the moment, and I now know more about my career prospects as well as what takeaways I want to get from my university experience”- Utkarsh Bagaria
“My key takeaway from Professor Chang was that as students and future employees, it is essential that we build up a diverse skillset versus focusing on one job for life.”- Felix Darley
Having Professor Chang present to our students and be able to answer their questions gave our students a stronger link to the world for which they are preparing to enter after their tertiary education. A big thank you to Professor Chang!