Today's kids will retire at 100 and work 40 jobs

Today's kids will retire at 100 and work 40 jobs

Today’s children may retire at 100 having worked 40 jobs, according to a Futurologist.

Rohit Talwar, who is also CEO of Fast Future, was speaking at a Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference in St Andrews yesterday.

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Comments (3)

  • Boris
    Wed, 7 Oct 2015 2:01pm BST
    It's all well and good to be critical of education but as per usual it's not simply a case of education providers failing to keep up and more a case of a lack of government and private investment that's kept education lagging behind. Plus, how are you supposed to education young people for a future that doesn't yet exist? Yes there are going to be jobs available in 5 years time that don't exist now, so how are we meant to prepare? Should we be offering courses in drone warfare? Maybe time travel or transporter technology? Without significant investment from the government, instead of the cuts they are currently proposing, and partnership with national and international employers we will continue to struggle. However, since my generation were told that we'd all be living on the moon, drive flying cars and have meals in tablet form I am not overly worried about predictions at present!
  • Ian Brinkley
    Ian Brinkley
    Wed, 7 Oct 2015 1:47pm BST
    Nothing wrong in a bit of harmless fun, provided no one takes it seriously. We can certainly expect retirement ages to continue to rise, but retirement at 100 is extremely unlikely. The portfolio career has been predicted before: in both the US and the UK the share of people with more than one job has been steadily going down. Oh, and the robots are not coming for your job in the sense that they will create mass unemployment but like all new technologies they will create new jobs and destroy old jobs. Others more expert can comment on the education system, but one weakness is the school to work transition which for some is not performing well.
  • Lisa
    Wed, 7 Oct 2015 12:04pm BST
    Completely agree that the education system fails to keep up, or in anyway prepare young people for work. However, I'd be interested to hear what percentage of today's children are predicted to be in work in the future, as opposed to a lifetime on benefits.

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