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“Change is the only constant in life, ”said the Greek philosopher, Heraclitus.
As the world changes and technology advances, there are careers that come and go. Part of what we do through iX LaunchPad is to prepare today’s high school students for the careers of the future.
From the ‘50s to the ‘70s, milkmen delivered most milk to homes directly. Most newspapers were physically cut and pasted together on an actual drawing board by ad cutters before being sent to print. A crew of switchboard operators managed the exchange of calls to and from homes and businesses.
All of these jobs have been made redundant through technology: home refrigerators, desktop publishing, and computerised exchanges.
Careers in blockchain technology, online health, and data were all non-existent 10 years ago, along with careers in esports, online games and web development, and cloud computing to name just a few. And although education has worked extremely hard to keep up with the ever-increasing changes, it can be hard to do so.
According to Forbes, some of the most in-demand jobs going into 2030 will be data scientists, security analysts, programmers, research analysts, and software developers among others in their top 30 jobs list. That’s why our iX LaunchPad courses cover careers such as Data Analytics, Web & Software Development, and other business-related subjects.
In industry, there is a growing importance placed on STEM subjects – that is science, technology, engineering, and math – both right now, and in the future. In fact, the American Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment in STEM fields is projected to grow by 8.9% from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations.
We would recommend all high school students, regardless of their current stream, get involved in STEM in some way, through extracurricular activities if necessary. Courses in software engineering and data analytics, or science and robotics clubs – find a way to get involved in STEM in whichever way works best for you.
Studies by leading universities and the World Economic Forum show that there is a range of skills that help high school students prepare for their futures. These are known as 21st-century skills, and we have integrated them into all the courses we teach, both in college and high school.
Our career exploration and micro-internship programme is designed to bridge the gap between high schoolers and their future careers. Each programme combines useful, practical skills in an interesting, future-focused career with all of the 21st-century skills listed above. Each student who takes an iX LaunchPad course has the opportunity to explore a career, work with an industry professional, and hone their 21st-century skills designed to prepare them for the world of work.
The 21st-century skills we teach include:
Skills like these can also be learned through involvement in debate clubs and science fairs, among other school activities.
In February, we’ll be offering Data Analytics to GEMS Education students as a four-week extra-mural activity. Download our Data Analytics career guide to find out more about this exciting and in-demand career.
Apply for the Term Two programme now; GEMS students are automatically accepted into the programme pending payment. We can’t wait to explore this incredible career with you, grow your STEM skills, and help you hone your 21st-century skills, too.