Preparing students for careers that will bring them lifelong employability

The Future of Jobs Report 2018 discusses the likely trends in the employment market now and in the future. This interests me as I am more than aware that schools must prepare their students for careers that will bring them lifelong employability and satisfaction in their field or fields of work. The focus of creating a workforce that fits the job market, both now and in the future, is to make sure young people have transferable skills. Geography is a subject that has championed the subject’s flexibility in producing graduates who are numerate and literate with an ability to analyse data making sound and reasoned judgments. All skills that can be used in a variety of settings.

It does not surprise me when I read that analytical thinking and complex problem solving is a feature of the job market now and this will continue into the future. What will decline is manual dexterity and precision along with memory and technology use.

It is important that in schools we are preparing our students for this unknown employment market. That is why we underpin the teaching for examinations with a good dose of critical thinking and reasoning. This starts in the prep school with the explorers programme and is continued right into the sixth form with our arête and Athene extended curriculum. However narrow our public examination system we must not be constrained by teaching just to pass an examination and continue to ensure we offer a balanced education that takes into account the skill needs of the future for our children.

Jane Prescott, Headmistress,  Portsmouth High School

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