How to Future Proof our Young People’s Future

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This month I attended the ‘Future Proof’ Conference held at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton. As an Enterprise Adviser and Mentor in two secondary schools I was interested in what the future holds for our young people. The conference was also attended by heads of schools, colleges and universities to discuss what the world of work will look like in the future.

The impact of technology on future careers is seen as an important development for us all because we are now preparing students for careers that currently don’t exist. Research from the Institute for Public Policy Research supports research I conducted a few years ago. This indicates that the development of STEM skills along with the softer skills that robots are unable to do will be key.

Interestingly, students in the arts subjects are also likely to do well in the job market since robots and AI machines currently don’t have the fine motor skills to be able to do some jobs (yet).

At last we are now talking less about all students aiming to go to university! It’s a hugely valuable experience for many young people but it’s not the right place for many students. The options for students have widened considerably and now Apprenticeships are now being viewed as a valuable option. Even better, students following an Apprenticeship route won’t have a £40K debt which is also attractive to them.

Several workshops at the conference also talked about careers in Cyber Security, Labour Market Information, Non-Medical Careers in the Health Service, Careers in Construction and Digital Careers and Entrepreneurism.

The governments careers strategy is a great idea but as usual there is a lack of investment behind what is a huge and potentially beneficial project. Schools and colleges will have to find the funds to support the initiative in what are difficult times when budgets are having to be streamlined already.

Hence the need for more enterprise advisers and mentors in secondary schools. Are you up for it?

If so please look at The Careers and Enterprise website and sign up today.



Lesley Strachan (MBA) is an Award-winning coach| consultant| speaker| trainer and adviser and is based in Hampshire, UK. She is also a Certified Jack Canfield Trainer in The Success Principles and uses her creativity and experience to inspire others through teaching, mentoring and coaching all over the world and has loads of fun doing it. Lesley has over 30 years of experience working in the corporate and education sectors as well as years of experience as an Entrepreneur. Her areas of expertise include: personal life coaching, communication training, leadership training, corporate training, health and wellness, and educational consultancy. Lesley is also a mentor for young people for EBP and an Enterprise Adviser for The Careers and Enterprise Company

Lesley’s latest book is due out soon called “The Ultimate Guide for Parents: How to help your kids become self-confident, happy and passionate.” Pre-Order Lesley’s Book and watch a mini webinar which explains what the book is about.


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