With new career options springing up every week, and the looming threat of automation and AI, it is becoming increasingly important for schools to up their career guidance game.
Why should your school have this?
Before we even open this discussion, here are a few facts for your reference:
- Uncertainty 2.0: As per a PwC study, 38% of jobs in USA are at a high risk of being replaced by Artificial Intelligence.
- New job roles: 85% of the jobs that will exist in 2030 have not even been invented yet.
- Automation and jobs: Over 800 million jobs are being threatened by automation, with over 70% of IT jobs under threat.
When faced with stats like these, concern related to careers is certainly bound to rise. How can we address this as educators?
Bring on the Classroom Discussion!
Classrooms must be leveraged as platforms for discussions around careers. This will ensure that the interests of students are triggered and cultivated for careers.
Here are 3 ways through which you can establish the career connect in your classroom:
Develop career-specific content for all subjects:
By carefully planting career discussions, teachers can build upon a student’s aspirations through active classroom learning. Subject teachers should be encouraged to flesh out their classroom content by adding the practical aspects of the topic.
For example, the English teacher can highlight job application and business letters as part of the syllabus. The History teacher can bring in the Hogwarts castle from Harry Potter to gain the attention of students and touch upon architecture as a possible career option.
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Bring in a Practical Connect:
Imagine a local market set up in the classroom to explain discounts and markups to students during a Math class! Such real-time subject matter connect would make learning exciting and fun.
Similarly, a Math teacher can include the concept of Math and Analytics and discuss possible career avenues with students. This will give an opportunity for students to understand the impact of their work. Teachers can also discuss possible internship opportunities with students so that they can learn new skills and get on the right track for career success.
Make career guidance a mainstay:
Teachers can apply career guidance principles as and when they get an opportunity to do so. Through 10-15 minute sessions, a teacher can highlight a particular concept and map it to the required skills, current industry trends and future prospects of the career.
For example, while teaching Physics in the classroom, the teacher can highlight drones and the technology that goes behind it. This would make the students see a live example of the subject’s implementation. So an ordinary class on the law of motion can turn into a stimulating experience for students. Plus! They will be able to learn better through visual interventions.
Here’s how one teacher benefited through the Global Career Catalyst certification and was able to guide her students better:
By adopting a grade-wise career discussion, teachers can help broaden options for students from grades 6-10 and selectively guide them towards the chosen path in grades 11 and 12.
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