A new report from the World Economic Forum (WEF) predicts that robots will displace 75 million jobs globally by 2022 but create 133 million new ones – a “net positive” which will have a huge impact on global employment trends. It is important for parents to realise the significance of this shift, and the effect it will have on their child’s career path in the coming years. Everyone will be expected to be in some way computer literate in order to secure a successful career. It is thought that in the future not knowing how to use a computer will be similar to not knowing how to read.
We can observe a huge trend in recent years where companies have curbed costs through automating their workforce – this trend will likely continue and has already had a massive effect on highly developed cities such as Tokyo, Singapore and Dubai, where many public services such as transportation are now partly automated. Parents should be mindful of this coming change and direct their children towards the software-based skills that will be relevant to their future employability. Many current highly-valued skills will become redundant in the future due to our increasing technological advances.
There are many actions a parent can take to nurture their child’s interest in coding from an early age, regardless of their own knowledge or interest in the area. As a child’s closest advocate, it is important for a parent to know what resources are available locally to support their child’s interest in coding. Parents should talk to their child’s teacher or school administrators about what facilities they have to offer, and aim to place them in a social and productive environment where they can learn among children.