What to Study to Survive the Next Industrial Revolution

The 4th Industrial Revolution will come as a shock to those who have failed to do their research and acquire the necessary skills. Whether you’re a high school learner looking for University subjects to study, or currently working and simply wanting to upgrade your skills, this guide will be your first step in surviving the next Industrial Revolution.

What is the 4th Industrial Revolution?

The 4th Industrial Revolution is a mixture of physical and digital technologies that will replace up to 50% of all jobs that is currently being done by humans. In other words, within the next ten years, millions of human workers will be replaced by robot workers, leading to massive job losses. However, there is a solution.

It is said that up to 65% of future jobs has not been created yet. That means that you still have time make sure that you are prepared to face the robot onslaught. For example, 30 years ago, we did not have a job called, ‘Website Administrator’. Today however, website administrators can make up to R300 000 a year.

How to Survive the Revolution

The World Economic Forum has highlighted 10 skills that are great to have when the 4th Industrial Revolution strikes. These are Complex Problem Solving, Critical Thinking, Creativity, People Management, Coordinating with Others, Emotional Intelligence, Judgement and Decision Making, Service Orientation, Negotiation and Cognitive Flexibility.

Among these skills, 4 skills stand out the most. They are…

  1. Complex Problem Solving Skills

What is it? – As the title suggests, this skill is about solving complex problems and is often used in a team.

The subjects I need for survival – Computer Science, Engineering , Management, Marketing and Advertising .

What do I need to qualify to study for these subjects?

For Computer Science and Engineering, you will require a matric pass mark of at least 65% in Mathematics and 50% in English. However, certain institutions like the University of Cape Town requires of you to write a National Benchmark Test.

For Management, Marketing and Advertising Degrees, all institutions require a matric pass mark of at least 50% in English and 40% in Mathematics and Mathematical Literacy. However, some institutions consider work experience as an advantage for those applying for a management degree.

  1. Critical Thinking Skills

What is it? – This skill involves the gathering of information from various resources and objectively assessing the evidence to make an unbiased decision. In other words, are you able to use facts to make reliable decisions?

The subjects I need for survival – Journalism and Philosophy

  1. Emotional Intelligence

What is it? – It is a skill that that requires of you to recognise and understand both your own emotions as well as other people’s.

The subjects I need for survival – Psychology and Drama

What do I need to qualify to study for these subjects?

For Psychology, you will need on average, a matric pass mark of at least 50% in English, as well as a competency in Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy. However, the University of Cape Town requires of you to write the National Benchmark Tests.

For Drama, you will need an average matric pass mark of at least 60%, a Home Language pass mark of at least 50% and a First Additional Language pass mark of at least 50%.

 

 

  1. Cognitive Flexibility

What is it? – It is the ability to understand and switch between different perspectives and to grasp different concepts quickly.

The subjects I need for survival – Creative Writing and Dance

What do I need to qualify for these subjects?

For Creative Writing, you will need at least 65% in English and the submission of a portfolio.

For Dance, you will need to write a motivational essay, perform an audition and for the University of Cape Town, you will need to write a National Benchmark Test.

In Conclusion

These careers options are not set in stone. They only serve as a mere guideline to show some of the options available to those who want to plan for the upcoming 4th Industrial Revolution. When the Revolution comes knocking at your door, hopefully you will have the invaluable skills that cannot be “digitised” or replaced—not even by a robot

Note: There are many bursary opportunities which are available to just about anybody. If you need some guidance and tips on how to find and apply for bursaries, CLICK HERE

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