What careers advice would you provide to those entering the workforce in 2030?
Sunny Varkey, Founder of the Varkey Foundation, said:
"My message to the class of 2030 is that, even though it is only twelve years away, it is impossible to fully predict the future skills you'll need. Fewer than half of young people in Europe believe their education is preparing them for this world of work. Faced with such unknowns, the best thing you can do is ensure you are “innovation-ready". You will need skills that you can adapt to any environment such as critical thinking, emotional intelligence, and communication, as well as cultural awareness so that you can work easily with colleagues from different cultures.
"It is essential that the curriculum you follow leaves room for the creativity that has been essential for our greatest innovators. Steve Jobs famously dropped into a calligraphy class on a whim, and years later found that what he’d learned there would become the cornerstone of Mac’s beautiful design. As he said, “much of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless later on”.
"Technology is making our world smaller and more open, creating greater awareness of global problems while giving us the tools to tackle them. Poverty, world hunger, the scarcity of clean water, climate change – all can be conquered by working together collaboratively across borders. Humanity’s greatest achievements are yet to come, and will be within your grasp. Push yourself, be curious and don’t be afraid to make mistakes, because they are what continue to teach us and help us improve”.