The Institute for the Future’s Global Youth Skills research offers nine archetypes from the future. Select the most inspiring future role model(s) and review their capacity:
- What resources does your fictional counterpart from the future use to build the best performance?
- Do you have access to the same resources? Can you get access to them?
- Do you have other resources that your chosen archetype doesn’t have?
Plan your future learning, civic and career pathway following these steps:
1. Start naming resources that are most important for your future learning, civic and career choices.
Incentives: What motivates you on your path? For example, experiences, accomplishments, people.
People and places: Who can help you to achieve your goals and where can you find them? For example, online communities, mentoring programmes, interest groups.
Credentials: What are the ways for you to demonstrate and get recognition of your skills? For example, earning badges to unlock new opportunities, completing the online course to get certificates, win awards and prizes.
Learning content and sources: What learning materials can help you know what you need to know and where can you access them? For example, watching videos, completing online courses, listening to podcasts, following blogs and experts, participating in workshops.
Infrastructure: What tools and platforms can you use to realise your pathway? For example, promoting your ideas and what you are good at on social media and professional networks, managing your activities using digital tools and platforms, organising your learning and work online.
Standards: How will you know that you have succeeded? For example, using competence and skills models to self-assess your learning and growth, evaluating the impact of your civic engagement, matching your profile with job and work requirements of the selected industry or field.
2. Then, in your chosen field, highlight the vital skills you can already use to build your learning, career and civic path. Star the ones you still need to strengthen along the way for the best results.
By making and reviewing your future path in this way, you will discover partners, resources and new ways of learning, career and civic engagement in your future journey. Remember, this is just the beginning - you will be improving your skills all your life.
To get a badge for this activity:
- think through the different areas of your pathway and identify what you can use already and what you need to add
- if you have a team, share your results and talk about them;
- upload a photo, print screen or document with your pathway to the future.
The Network of Cities of Learning offers this learning activity within the capacity-building project ‘Youth co-design learning, civic and career pathways’. We are grateful to the EU’s Erasmus+ Programme for co-funding support for this project.