Day: February 19th, 2020
The reality is that the world has changed and is unrecognisable from the world we once lived in. When it came to teaching in years gone by, children were prepared for life outside of the classroom, where the types of jobs were limited. However, with the limited number of jobs came an understanding of what was required of them. Whether they were going to become a foreman in a factory or a secretary in an office, the skills required came from everything that they learned in school.
In contrast to this, if we consider the jobs that are out there right now, many of them did not exist just 15 years ago. What this means is that many children in primary school today will enter jobs that currently do not exist. With this comes the challenge of providing them with the right preparation. We cannot see into the future and we cannot predict what the world of employment will bring but how can we help them to prepare as best as possible?
Focus on Key Skills
Whatever jobs are created over the next 15 or 20 years, there is no doubt that they will require basic skills and some of the key skills that children can learn in school today.
If we look at key skills, it is clear to see that they are something that children can carry with them through life. What’s more they are skills that they can call on in any kind of role, even if that role does not exist at this moment in time.
Communication is vital. Whether we do most of it on our smart devices electronically or by phone, the way in which we communicate has changed. Despite this, it is a skill that any role will require because even if someone is working on their own or as a team, they will need to interact with others in some way. Communication can go a long way, particularly when pupils can speak and interact clearly with very few problems.
Problem-solving is another vital skill that can assist the children of today in many roles, even those that are yet to be created. Any industry, regardless of how high-profile or simple the role might be will require problem-solving. The problems can be both intricate or complicated but giving children the ability to call on this skill when they need it will enable them to stand out and get noticed in the workplace.
A growth mindset is a very crucial aspect of preparing a child for a role that does not exist. If someone has a fixed mindset then they will believe that that have reached their potential and that their skillset is set in stone. However, a growth mindset is the perfect skill for the future workplace. If the roles do not yet exist then in the future, they will have to develop, grow and learn new skills. Therefore, a growth mindset will enable them to adapt and evolve, giving them a greater chance of success.
Confidence is an integral part of life but everyone possesses different levels of it. There are those who prefer to blend into the background while there are those who love to be in the limelight while making the most of opportunities that come their way.
The way in which we develop as children can have a detrimental effect on the way in which our confidence develops. Therefore, ensuring our children possess the right amount of confidence is vital to how they develop as they grow.
Whether it is all about succeeding in an academic environment or in the workplace when they grow up, confidence will be a vital characteristic that they will rely on. In the school environment, confidence will help them to answer questions, ask questions and form friendships. In the workplace, it will enable them to take advantage of opportunities that come their way while it will give them the skills they need to develop.
As a parent how can you help to boost their confidence?
Make Time For Play
Children like to feel wanted and they love attention and so, playtime is a crucial way to help them improve their confidence. They can play games using their imagination and that can help to boost confidence in themselves. What’s more, when you play with them, you can encourage them and show them that they have your attention and time. This will give them confidence to believe that others are willing to listen to what they have to say as well as watch what they do.
Help Them To Learn
It is important to remember that we were all once in a position where we had to learn skills. Whether it is something as simple as washing our hands or something as complex as learning to tie our laces, we all had to make mistakes to learn the skill. If you leave your child to do it on their own, they will become frustrated and what’s more, if you lecture them for getting it wrong, it will dent their confidence and prevent them from wanting to try other things. Therefore, help them to give things a try and when they make mistakes and help them to try it all again. When they eventually achieve something, they will get a feeling of satisfaction and that will give them the confidence and belief that they can achieve.
Encouragement is Key
Children need encouragement. Encouragement can give them the confidence to believe in themselves and when they know that you are there with them, they will know that they are not alone. Encouragement can be something as simple as understanding when they have achieved something to encouraging them to do something that puts them out of their comfort zone.
Children need to be given the confidence to make their own decisions and know that what they are doing is right. However, confidence also comes from making mistakes and they need to understand that this is fine too. Helping them to increase their confidence will only help to set them up for what lies ahead of them in life.