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Which subjects do you think are we going to be useful for your future ?

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John’s Answer

FUTURE SKILLS YOU’LL NEED FOR A CAREER IN THE YEAR 2030
In 10 years’ time, the year 2030, it’s highly likely you’ll be working in a job that doesn’t even exist yet – and no, we’re not talking about building flying cars or developing the world’s first time machine. The world of work is evolving quickly, which means you have to figure out how to prepare for a future job role that’s impossible to predict.

DIGITAL LITERACY
As the world continues to rely on highly technical and continuously evolving technologies, the need for those with the digital skills to match also increases. You’ve most definitely heard of STEM, but have you heard of SMAC (social, mobile, analytics and cloud)? Although it may seem like we’re being bombarded with digital buzzwords, being digitally literate offers capabilities beyond what was once thought possible when it comes to emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, Internet of Things (IoT), and data science. The rise of digital technologies means you’re going to need to be able to handle the plethora of opportunities and challenges that come with it. Do you have the ability to adapt to change and conceptualize complex multiple ideas all at once? If so, you’re showing qualities that reside in advanced multi-taskers and which are highly valued by employers and recruiters. A master’s degree in artificial intelligence or e-Science can help advance your digital skillset and accelerate your technical acumen in these emerging fields, from learning about data visualization and exploration, to computational intelligence, and natural language technology.

INNOVATIVE MIDSET
Although robots and automation technology may be better than humans in other ways such as calculations and diagnostic solving, it’s still going to be humans that deal with the subjective side of data analytics. Considering we’re on the cusp of the fourth industrial revolution, we’re still going to need to have somebody who is able to show the world what numbers mean and their significance. For everything that can be replaced by digital technologies and artificial intelligence, emotional and social intelligence remain uniquely human capabilities. In some sectors, these qualities are absolutely crucial. Despite a report by the World Economic Forum in 2018 suggesting robot automation will create more jobs than they displace, you’ll still do well to keep on top of your creativity skills and maintain an innovative mindset. Much like having an excellent sense of social intelligence, natural creativity is something which can’t be easily replicated by the latest digital technologies. As long as you can think outside the box, you’ll be just fine.

With all these changes Kryston, the skills employers will seek from their human workforce and what professionals need to develop as marketable skills to get the jobs of the future will be changing.

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Joshua’s Answer

Hi Kryston,

Gloria and Gabby have shared some great insight but I wanted to provide some perspective on classes for a role in business/finance outside of the standard courses you would need to take to enter the broader industry.

Computer science courses are a great way to develop coding skills if you are interested in the space. It is an extremely fast growing with many businesses looking for people with a coding skill set. Besides making yourself a more appealing candidate, a coding background will also help you automate many processes that you would otherwise have to do manually and that itself is a useful life skill. Another class I would encourage you to consider taking is philosophy. Many people take the standard business courses with the goal to gain competence with the necessary skill set for the role, but often people forget to broaden their mindset and perspective. Books are a great way to do this but I also believe that philosophy is another great way to broaden your mindset. It presents several different philosophers that think about things in a different way than the norm and by studying it you inherently learn to think about things in different ways which is a valuable skill to have.

Hope this helps and let me know if you have any questions.

Best,
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Gloria’s Answer

Hi Kryston,

In my job, there is a challenge with staying up to speed on technology along with making sure that you access your artistic side. Any arts allow you to practice being flexible and think in different ways. Any STEM focus is always good, it just needs to be woven in with creative pursuits to get the best out of each area of focus.

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Tugce’s Answer

I think one thing that will never stop being important is story telling. It's what the world is built upon.

I think regardless of what you are good at, what you want to do with your career, story telling will be the most important piece. If I were in your shoes, I would take a communications class or two to supplement your major.
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Gabby’s Answer

Hi Kryston! I encourage you to think about your future, observe the world around you, and travel when you think about where to focus your energy. Useful subjects for me have been technology, foreign language, math, and leadership. Think of diversifying your studies to develop a unique perspective that can add value in the workplace and your personal life. The best subjects for your future are the ones you feel you can make the biggest impact, you care about, and you can sustain!
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Kyle’s Answer

I believe you should first understand your strengths and passion for type of work. For example, my daughter has a great business passion, but focused in college on Physical Therapy. Upon graduation, she realized that a business care in a company was her real passion and she has excelled.

For the future, I expect social media is a great one. If technical, you could focus on the enablement of online websites and capabilities. If business focused, your could focus on the messaging and the market dynamics along with communicating to customers.

Good luck!
Kyle
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Courtney’s Answer

For simple technical skills, I would recommend getting really comfortable in Excel and PowerBi. For professional skills, I would recommend story telling (this helps when presenting to executives or team leaders).
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Bryce’s Answer

If you are asking to see what field you would like to go into, I would recommend entering college undeclared and exploring different subjects with your general education classes. If you are just asking because you are curious, I believe science and engineering are on the rise. Time and again we see issues coming up and the field of science coming to the forefront to solve these issues. Global warming, pandemics, environmental conservation are some of the biggest issues facing mankind as we speak. All these examples will require thousands if not millions of scientists to try and solve or remediate the issue.
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Rashmi’s Answer

Hi Kryston,

Below are the list that I think could be really useful in the future.

1.Artificial Intelligence
2.3D printing
3.Automation
4.Data Science
5.Analytics
6.Cyber Security
7.Robotics
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Larry L.’s Answer

Hi Kryston,

The subjects that are going to be useful in the future are any subjects that deal with technology, business, education and healthcare. All of these fields intersect and are related in some way or the other.

Since technology changes rapidly and we are currently in a new dynamic for everyone where everything is done virtually, technology subjects would help to manage, develop and secure this virtual world we are transitioning to.

Healthcare, Education and Business subjects are very important as well. As healthcare and education are going through a change across the country and business for the simple fact if you decide to start your own business one day you want to know how to manage it properly.

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Georgi’s Answer

The "evergreen" skills such as communication, negotiation, emotional intelligence and any other skill related to interacting with other people. Trendy tech skills come and go but the way you communicate with people will drive most of your successes and failures in life.
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Carl’s Answer

Once you are out of school and into the workforce, it is vitally important to be able to communicate clearly with the written word. This is true for resumes, job (and school) applications, as well as different purposes once you have become a professional in your chosen field. Writing clearly and concisely is becoming a rare skill, and being able to articulate concepts and ideas is important to being able to succeed and advance in the labor force. Spend time with your composition classes and take them seriously as they can have a profound impact on your career.
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Brandon’s Answer

What a great question. It really depends on what interests you. The worst thing that you can do is choose something that bores or frustrates you. It will make both your education and potential future career unbearable. If you have a focus already and have a direction that you want to take. I would recommend rounding out your education. Such as if you are interested in going into STEM, take some courses in humanities, Psychology, and/or arts. I have found those that have a well rounded education, tend to prosper. Particularly at the current pace that our technology is ever evolving. Having additional studies that broaden your way of thinking helps you come up with solutions that are far more encompassing.
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Mike’s Answer

I would recommend meeting with a councilor to help point you in the right direction.
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Veena’s Answer

I think technology is important to keep up with. Especially with COVID, it is used as a communication method.
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Kyle’s Answer

I believe you should first understand your strengths and passion for type of work. For example, my daughter has a great business passion, but focused in college on Physical Therapy. Upon graduation, she realized that a business care in a company was her real passion and she has excelled.

For the future, I expect social media is a great one. If technical, you could focus on the enablement of online websites and capabilities. If business focused, your could focus on the messaging and the market dynamics along with communicating to customers.

Good luck!
Kyle
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Rashmi’s Answer

Hi Kryston,

Below are the list that I think could be really useful in the future.

1.Artificial Intelligence
2.3D printing
3.Automation
4.Data Science
5.Analytics
6.Cyber Security
7.Robotics
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Chari’s Answer

With a very fast changing world, it is very hard to tell what 10 years looks like. None knows. if they tell you they do, there is a good chance it is not a fact. I will be surprised, to know any one, who did the same last 10 years. Best preparation one can do is, embrace the changes going on in the world and make yourself adoptable. Having said that some basic skills helps no matter what
- Ability to focus
- Ability to learn fast
- Social and communication skills.
- Ability to think from your customer's shoes(Empathetic)
- Decision making ability.

Most of all, do what you do enjoy doing.
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Juliana’s Answer

If you are unsure of your major, take your first semester or two to explore a variety of subjects that most liberal arts colleges offer. There is no harm in declaring a major in year 2 and your counselor will work with you to map out a plan once you've decided.
I echo some of the previous regarding technology. With the world shifting to more digital means of communication, the technology industry is here to stay. Anything in Information Technology will provide you with a key set of skills that many companies and organizations seek. Coding can also be a beneficial skill set to have as it has many applications and is prevalent in many tech roles.
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Candice’s Answer

I recommend studying a breadth of subjects or enrolling in a school that offers a liberal arts program . It will expose you to different areas and help you develop critical thinking and reasoning. Most liberal arts programs also encourage a writing course which can help with communications. You will find as you seek a job or while working in your career, it is important to be able to communicate effectively across many methods (i.e. email, text, presentations, business requirements). The exposure to different areas such as economics, history, psychology and English will also prepare you well for tackling any assignment you are given while on the job.
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Veena’s Answer

I think technology is important to keep up with. Especially with COVID, it is used as a communication method.

Are there any tech careers you would point to specifically? Gurpreet Lally, CareerVillage.org Team

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Tong’s Answer

If you are technically inclined, I would recommend master Mathematics and problem solving. It's so useful in modern day technology, with skills in mathematics, you can transition into Engineering, Finance, Economics, Data Science/AI, Accounting, Actuary. The opportunities are endless and since Math is quite hard to learn, this will give you a high entry barrier to make sure you will be in high demand.

To really master mathematics, don't just focus on memorizing the formula, but try to improve your problem solving skills, and that will be one of the most important skills in any career.
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