5 Things to Tell Your Kids About the Future of Work
Eighty-five percent of the jobs that will exist in 2030 haven’t been invented yet, according to an estimate from the Institute for the Future (IFTF). How do you prepare your kids for the future of work when our use of technology and knowledge is in constant flux?
With four kids between the ages of five and 14, Stephane Kasriel, CEO of Upwork, often asks himself this question.
“I know [my kids are] very unlikely to follow the same educational path I did. I’m certain they’ll be preparing themselves for a very different job market.”
In the Fast Company article “5 things I’m telling my kids to prepare them for the future,” Kasriel shares some thoughts he’s told his children and explains why:
- Robots (probably) aren’t taking over
- You’ll be in school for the rest of your lives
- You can be your own boss
- Social skills must be a top focus
- The future is up to you
“Despite a lot of the fear-mongering about the future, no one really knows how technology will progress,” Kasriel says. With many factors within our control, he notes that much of the future will be shaped by us. “After all, we make the machines. We create schools and write curricula, and it’s up to us how talent and work move across borders.”
As CEO of Upwork, the largest freelancing website, and co-chair of the World Economic Forum Council on the Future of Education, Gender and Work, Stephane Kasriel is in a unique position to share his perspective on future trends—from global forces impacting the job market and the rise of the freelance economy to how companies are changing the way they build teams and the way education should evolve. An expert in staffing innovation and remote work, Stephane led a distributed team of engineers as Upwork's SVP of Engineering before ascending to be CEO. His book Hire Fast & Build Things details how to use freelancers to power businesses. Stephane holds an MBA from INSEAD, Master’s from Stanford in Computer Science and a BS from Ecole Polytechnique in France. Harvard Business Review and Bloomberg View have featured him on topics including the future of work, entrepreneurship, and how to strengthen our global economy.View Stephane Kasriel’s other articles