In the next 10 years, what will the job market look like? With the emergence of SMART technology, artificial intelligence, robotics and big data, it is reasonable to expect our future economy will bear little resemblance to its current form. Office jobs are expected to change, as more administrative and clerical tasks become automated. Manual skills will be less in demand. Banking, a role at the centre of the UK financial industry, will likely become a thing of the past. Instead, the skills needed to succeed in future are social skills, creativity, multi-disciplinary thinking and initiative. For educators, this is a challenge and an exciting opportunity.
So which skills set you apart? Mandarin Chinese has been named as one of the most important languages for the UK’s future prosperity. Alongside business skills, coding and robotics, the Government has emphasised the value of Chinese as a second language. In 2016, the Department for Education launched the Mandarin Excellence Programme to prepare future generations for the global market. By 2020, the programme will have 5,000 secondary school students on track to fluency in Mandarin Chinese.