Future Proof: What do you want to be when you grow up? | Four Corners

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The major issue facing Australians is the future of work.

There are startling and credible predictions that more than five million Australian jobs will simply disappear in the next 15 years, as a result of technology. That's 40% of the jobs that exist in Australia today.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Answering that question is only going to get harder as many of the jobs our kids will do haven't been invented yet. And if parents believe that steering their kids towards "safe" professions like accountancy will guarantee them a job, they're in for a shock.

There will be winners and losers in some surprising areas as more and more jobs become automated or operated by intelligent computers.

It's good news for baristas and personal trainers, but not for real estate agents. And the days of long haul truck drivers may be numbered.

The loss of these jobs will be challenging for the existing workforce as there may simply not be enough jobs to go round. But the greater fear is that we're not preparing our kids for work in this technological age. Schools and universities are churning out students with qualifications for jobs that won't exist, instead of training them for the ones that will be created.

We meet the kids giving up their weekends to learn the computer coding skills they say they're not being taught at school.

And explore the schools who believe they're unlocking the future with innovative teaching methods and an emphasis on the so-called STEM skills, maths and science.

Many are arguing that we must act now to change the way we educate our kids or risk them sleepwalking into a world they won't be equipped for.

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