Educating for the skills of the future
September 27, 2022
All Knowledge Areas
We are witnessing many significant changes on a global scale in all contexts: social, cultural, climatic, technological, etc. And, as educational institutions, universities have a great responsibility to prepare our young people for the future, to offer them the necessary tools to face the difficulties of the current labor market, to be able to adapt to the changes that are to come, and to be able to find effective solutions to global problems. We must educate our students in the skills of the future, to make them the leaders they will be tomorrow.
Young people need (and want) to be prepared for a rapidly changing and transforming world. This was reflected by EY and JA Worldwide in their study "Gen Z is poised to reframe the future, but are business and education ready?," which analyzes the current educational experiences of Generation Z and their expectations for the future.
And what do the younger generations demand? An education that is truly focused on their professional future.
Future-oriented skills are more important than ever
Traditional school subjects have taken a back seat and educating in future-oriented skills has become the main objective. And not because we say so—of course, we defend it and work like this at our university—but because the students themselves demand it.
Young people want to learn skills, knowledge, and tools to help them to be decisive and stand out in their professional careers. They ask to incorporate issues that they will face when they reach adulthood, particularly issues related to environmental and economic insecurity. They ask for more professional development and entrepreneurship opportunities in the classroom. Because they want an education that truly opens doors to the world of work.
And to do so, educational institutions need to be able to shift their focus to be more interdisciplinary, focusing on the areas of development that will determine tomorrow's decisions, including global awareness, business, tech & data, international assignments, tourism, and environmental education.
And they must also focus their efforts on offering more opportunities and experiences that allow their students to put their acquired skills into practice, through challenges in real companies, professional mentoring, projects, research, entrepreneurship, or conferences.
Because this new era needs a new way of education that is up to the task.
Let's educate a generation prepared to lead the future
If there is one thing we care about at Schiller International University, Schiller, it is that our students leave the university as global citizens ready for the real world. They know how markets work in different countries and can act innovatively and creatively on real issues before they have even finished their studies.
That's why we are joining forces to break down traditional barriers and go one step further by offering an education not only focused on future-oriented skills with five areas of knowledge that are among the most in demand by companies worldwide. We also look for ways to put all this knowledge into practice through experiential learning and building the global employability path that will help you achieve all your professional goals.
With us you will face real challenges with leading international companies that will put your soft skills to the test, involving you directly in solving current problems. Because here education is not limited to the classroom but goes much further to make you the main protagonist of your learning.
Acquire and develop most in-demand skills by today's global companies
When we talk about the skills of the future, we are talking about the knowledge and tools that will be increasingly required in any professional facing the working world. So they are essential to increasing your level of employability.
At Schiller International University, Schiller we have created a specific methodology that enhances the top 10 professional skills (World Economic Forum), collected within these four knack packages:
- Innovation and creativity, as the only effective way to understand the world around us, provide innovative solutions and become a true analytical thinker.
- Interpersonal, which connects you directly with reality and prepares you to be a global citizen with humanistic values. These include self-management, leadership, communication, negotiation, and influence.
- Digital, which allows you to safely use technology and large amounts of data. It is no secret that tech and data are completely dominating our lives; it is important that you know how to control them.
- Business and entrepreneurship, to learn to perform as a leader of global change you need initiative, decision-making skills, and certain skills such as management, communication, and a sense of responsibility.
In addition, we have specialized career advisors, who will help you understand which professional path works best for you; they will guide you on the subject areas that best suit the needs of your future career; and they will guide you throughout your educational experience.
Your future depends on the decisions you make today. Are you ready to start building it?