Today’s students are the professionals of the future
- 11 May, 2018
- Posted by: CIIC
- Category: ICCI - Innovation Centre
The training students receive today will have an impact on tomorrow’s society
The education system must offer professionals with the skills needed to get a job in the future.
Technological changes have revolutionized industries and educational centres.
New educational models based on digitalization are appearing to prepare students for this Fourth Industrial Revolution.
The so-called Z Generation, made up of young people born after 1994, are finding themselves in a very different world of work from the one they had in mind. The professional references that they could have through their parents or close people are rapidly moving away from the current reality thanks to the advance of new technologies.
That is why it is necessary to think about a fact that seems totally clear and redundant, that today’s students are the professionals of the future. This is necessary because years ago the education system was able to cope with every new demand for professionals according to the demands of the labour market, changes were taking place at a moderate pace and the education programmes could be updated without much difficulty.
Today, technological advances are developing at a speed never seen before. So much so, that the experts do not hesitate to mention that we are living the beginning of a Fourth Industrial Revolution in which process automation and Artificial Intelligence are its most important representatives and those that will guide humanity towards a new cultural and social ecosystem, based on digital.
Some speak of a dramatic drop in job vacancies, others are more optimistic and augur well for new career opportunities for young people today. But everyone agrees that the education system must cope with the changes so that its students today are not displaced and frustrated when they try to be part of the world of work.
Many universities and colleges have begun to implement new educational models and practices to equip their students with the skills needed for the future and the opportunity to use the digital tools that will govern the functioning of their professional area.
Digitisation of universities
The digital transformation of universities goes beyond a constant modernisation of teaching techniques or academic content. It is about creating a flexible mechanism that is able to adapt to technological changes without much alteration.
This requires constant communication between the business and academic worlds, including the creation of digital platforms for interaction between students, teachers and academic authorities, so that possible changes can be known in advance and students can learn with the digital tools necessary for tomorrow.
New educational models
In order to respond to this new demand for professionals, several academic institutions have not hesitated to implement new educational models based on new technologies. Thus new terms such as ‘gamification’ or ‘chatbots’ appear in teaching systems.
Automation and Artificial Intelligence are the real drivers of these models, all with the aim of achieving a more personalized education so that students can get into the habit of studying or working with technologies related to their professional field.
In this new digital ecosystem, almost everything can be done from a device connected to the Internet. Education was not going to be an exception, universities and other academic institutions have not hesitated to join the fashion of online or distance education.
New online postgraduate courses are appearing from prestigious institutions that have paid attention to this new demand for non-attendance training that allows both students and professionals to stay constantly updated within their area of work.
For many, this is a radical change for the education system as it was previously known, but for today’s young students, this is a coherent change. This is a generation that has practically been born with an electronic device under its arm and they appreciate that their favourite tools are part of their learning.
With proper control, you can make the most of social networks to get students to actively participate in classes and even learn without realizing it. They can become the professionals of the future only if they start preparing for it today.
Luckily, all indications are that they are on the right track and that educational institutions are not afraid to implement various changes in their system to give them the opportunity.