4 Jobs for the Future: Common Core and Career Readiness

November 16, 2012 9:00 am

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Jac de Haan


The Common Core State Standards…are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers.

The above mission statement, from the Common Core State Standards website, aims high – with the goal of preparing the next generation for the future. This sounds great, but as Fisch & McLeod state in their oft-cited video Shift Happens 2.0,

We are currently preparing students for jobs and technologies that don’t yet exist . . . in order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet.

10 years ago most of us had never heard of social media managers, user experience designers or sustainability experts. So what might these future jobs be, and how are Common Core Standards helping our students prepare? What will be the employment opportunities for recent grads in 2025? Here are 4 possibilities:

Virtual World Economist

Gaming and social networks are a global industry. Many systems allow participants to buy, sell, and trade in native currency that can be purchased with real-world money (Habbo Hotel creditsFacebook creditsWii points, etc). How will real-world currency fluctuations affect virtual-world currencies?

(source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-18456171)

Surfer Surrogate

A surfer surrogate effectively rents their online identity: travelling with high-profile clients (sports stars, movie stars, politicians, executives) and allowing them to use/tarnish the surrogate digital footprint and geo-location data. The boss can use a surrogate’s interactive devices to do what he or she wants to online…without the search terms, frequented sites and online interactions being traced back to their own name.

(source: http://www.techwithintent.com/2012/04/jobs-from-the-future-surfer-surrogate/)

Cold Weather Server Farm Installer

More cloud computing means more server farms to store data and run services. Servers use energy and generate massive amounts of heat. Most are cooled by enormous air conditioners or water-cooling systems. One way to reduce cooling costs is to build and maintain server farms in cold climates: Greenland, Siberia, Antarctica, etc. Someone will have to dig out the space, build the facilities, and set up the computer systems.

(source: http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2012/06/17/500563/icy-norwegian-fjord-abandoned-mine-solve-energy-problems-internet/?mobile=nc)

Deep-Sea Fiber-Optic Security

99% of the worlds global web traffic travels through fiber-optic cables on the ocean floor. These cables are susceptible: from hostile governments, terrorists, or competitors. Private security firms may be hired to patrol and protect high-priority networks at sea.

(source: http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/10/tech/web/internet-down-eagleman/index.html?hpt=hp_c1)

Does ensuring that your 8th grade student knows the same mathematical concepts as an 8th grade student in another state make you more confident that you are effectively preparing him or her for the future?

What do you think?

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