A Field Guide to ‘jobs that don’t exist yet’

Thanks to the Shift Happens videos (2007), you will likely be familiar with this statistic about the future of work:

“The top 10 in demand jobs in 2010 did not exist in 2004. We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t exist yet, using technologies that haven’t been invented, in order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet.”

People repeat the claim again and again, but in slightly different forms. Sometimes they remove the dates and change the numbers; 65% is now in fashion. Respected academics who study education, such as Linda Darling-Hammond (1:30), have picked up and continue to repeat a mutated form of the factoid, as has the World Economic Forum and the OECD.1

Source: A Field Guide to ‘jobs that don’t exist yet’

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