Though career opportunities have changed dramatically in the past few decades, kids’ career aspirations have not. The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) asked 8,000 high schoolers in 2000 and 2018 to identify what career they wanted to do in the future. Almost two decades later, kids chose essentially the same top 10 jobs.
However, 39% of the jobs cited by the respondents are at risk of being automated within the next 10 to 15 years. Further, many of the jobs identified did not align with vacancies in the current job market.
“The future that students see for themselves does not square with the future of work,” said Andreas Schliecher, Head of the Education Directorate at the OECD. At the 2020 World Economic Forum summit in Davos, he asserted that educational organizations need to do more to expose kids to the diverse range of careers that exist.
Our goal is to excite students about the vast possibilities for a rewarding career that aligns with their interests and talents.
Young people don’t need to have it all figured out before they’re even out of high school, but with the exponentially rising costs of college, planning wisely is a necessity. It’s never too early to start asking:
How can I make the world better, not worse?
What fuels my creativity?
How can I help others?
What is something I would love to do everyday?
Time to unearth the possibilities.
Chart your path
When you have direction, it's easier to map your way to the future.
Find extracurriculars that
support your future job goals
Pinpoint schools with programs
that best fit your interests
Determine the best major
to build the right foundation