You don’t have to be at the top of your class to prepare yourself for careers of the future. However, you have to be well rounded in most disciplines and be dedicated to your studies and open to suggestions from your teacher or your professor. Today’s school administrators also need to rework their curriculum to include both technical and soft skills that will challenge and enable students to succeed in the future world of automation.
It doesn’t matter what your current career path is; you use skills in arts, science, technology, engineering, or math in one form or another every day. More knowledge in these areas of studies will no doubt help you in the careers of the future. And believe me, no one knows what careers of the future holds. What we do know is that as a High School student or College student, it’s imperative you force yourself to be proficient in arts, math, science, and technology. In the future world of automation, it will be very hard (but not impossible) to get by without some knowledge of arts, math, science, and technology.
You can start preparing yourself for careers of the future through academic courses. Here are some of the core courses to get you started while you’re still in high school or college.
- Artificial Intelligence
- Computational Biology
- Molecular Biology as a Computational Science
- Computer Programming
- Web Programming
- Data Programming
- Computer Science Principles
- Computer Assisted Art
- Research Methods
- Introduction to Algorithms
- Identities: Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality in Anthropology
- Probabilistic Robotics
- Probability and Mathematical Statistics
- Mathematical Reasoning
- Environmental Science
- Political science
- Technical writing
- Creative writing
Work Experience & Hobbies
Other ways to prepare yourself for careers of the future is through work experience and engaging is various hobbies. Some of these activities include but not limited to:
- Fundraising event or other project involving budgeting and math skills.
- Participate in a lobbying and census project to gain experience conducting interviews, analyzing data, and writing report of the project.
- Volunteer at a math or science camp or after-school program.
- Participate in a team programming class to develop software of interest in a team environment.
- Before you recycle your old laptop or desktop computer, Google how to take them apart and put them back together.
- Ask people close to you to hook you up for a summer intern at a place you really love to work at. The experience is what you’re shooting for, but it will be great if you can talk to the administrators into covering your transportation and lunch money for the duration of your intern.
- Be a contributing member of your school club, especially robotics, math or science clubs.
Push yourself to the limit on a project for a science fair.