Children entering a primary school today might end up taking a completely new job profile that may not even exist today.
I am Tafadzwa from Zimbabwe and I would like to talk about how the job market is ever changing, and how soft skills, that cannot be taught in schools as subjects but inculcated through co-curricular activities are a great investment for the holistic growth of children to face the challenging job opportunities of tomorrow.
I feel technology is advancing at a pace which cannot be tracked and job profiles are changing from desks of posh cabins to a more open, challenging and creative environment.
Data analysts, graphic designers, bloggers and app developer such jobs are on a rampant increase. Such job profiles cannot be taught in classrooms, but they can be better developed through co curriculum and exposure to real life situations.
Schools I have visited in and around Mumbai offer great co-curricular opportunities for their students in fields of sport, music, art and lot more, exposing them to a variety of real life skills.
Five qualities that I feel can be inculcated through such co-curriculum:
- Social Skills: Participation in co-curricular activities with students from other grades and schools helps to develop social skills, team building and great new friendships.
- Time Management: Students participating in co-curricular activities learn to manage their time more effectively, prioritize between different commitments, and learn to be better problem-solvers.
- Developing newer interests and professional choices: Activities beyond education might help a child tap his/her better strengths in a sport or activity like art, cooking, music etc. and might enable them to get scholarships in colleges or even provide a better guidance as professional choices for future.
- Team Skills: Co-curricular activities at school are at most times designed in groups so that students can participate along with their classmates. This helps students learn leadership and better coordination which is very essential.
- Self-confidence: Not all students are good with academics. Success or recognition in a co-curricular activity can help improve a students’ self-esteem. This can help in boosting performance in academics as well.
While curating Clap Talks through Clap Global, I realised that this was also a great way of equipping students with future readiness, information about real world situations given to students through Clap Talks makes it exciting and interesting for them as compared to conventional studies. Clap Talks are also a great co-curricular opportunity for students which not only enriches their knowledge about the world but also enables them to share their experiences with the travellers and such two way conversations makes better global citizens with great global competence.
I feel the global workplace has an exciting future, and it is through such co-curricular activities that the future generations can be appropriately prepared for their careers ahead of them.