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life long learning & soft skills gives your teen the advantage over machines

Updated: Jan 18


The results of a global learning survey show that people world-wide are moving beyond traditional education. A DIY mindset is reshaping education and online learning is becoming the new norm. "This survey was conducted on behalf of Pearson in May 2019 by The Harris Poll, a global market research firm based in NYC with over 50 years of history in polling. A 20-minute online survey was completed by 11,083 people aged between 16-70 years old across the globe." Click here to read the report


This blog post is a summary of the above report.


"People are moving away from traditional learning. Incoming workers value college education - but they place similar value on alternatives such as vocational and trade learning."

From the report:

Key Trends that learners are looking for in their education:


1. A DIY mindset is reshaping education.

Self-service learning offers a menu of options no matter where you live or who you are. All you need is an internet connection.


2. The 40-year career is gone, replaced by life-long learning and diverse career paths

Learners are more concerned about what they need for TODAY as the world is changing so much and the traditional linear career path is a thing of the past.


3. People expect digital and virtual learning to be the new normal in the next decade.

Technology is the new education. People see the future of learning made easier and more engaging with technology.


4. Confidence in educational institutions is wavering.

Education today is failing the next generations, not preparing them for the real world of work, and too costly or out of reach.


5. Some young workers think you can do OK in life without a college degree.

There is more openness to alternative pathways, especially vocational training. My personal comment here would be that many degrees are becoming obsolete and no longer relevant. Researching career trends is key.


6. Markets like China and India are leading the world in up-skilling while the US and UK lag behind.

Workers in China, India, Brazil and Hispano-America are up-skilling at far higher rates than their US and UK counterparts, driven in large part by the influence of technology and automation on their jobs.


7. Learners believe soft skills will give them the advantage over automation.

Skills like creativity, originality, problem-solving and the ability to learn give humans an advantage over machines and le