“Learn as if you’ll live forever.” Mahatma Gandhi
One of the biggest drivers in the future of education and careers, which we all admit yet somehow fail to consider, is that we are living longer.
And, according to a gentleman named Rohit Talwar, we could potentially live and work a whole lot longer. Rohit Talwar chief executive of Fast Future, a business consultancy, is becoming the next Sir Kenneth Robinson and predicting bigger movements in education.
When addressing the equivalent of 300 global presidents in education recently, Mr. Talwar said, “A growing life expectancy will mean youngsters alive today (his benchmark is an 11-year old) could potentially be living until 120 years old and working up to the age of 100.” He cites experts in the field who estimate that for every year new developments occur in aging we are adding 5 months of life expectancy to an 11-year old’s life today.
For women this could have a multiplier effect. Currently, life expectancy of women exceeds men by 6 years. In the near future, women could easily outlive men by 10 or more years.
Implications of Aging on Education, Jobs & Careers
Living longer means we’ll change jobs and experience multiple careers. According to Talwar,”Teachers should prepare students for a future that could see them having to work 40 different jobs.” It also follows that education must be continuous and have lasting benefits.
Education to help women extend professions and enhance or switch to multiple careers will create greater value. This will allow women to raise families if they choose and return for longer careers.