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Look to pioneers to prepare for the future

Their grit and quest for excellence helped them overcome the odds and not only survive but also thrive

Published on Apr 14, 2014 11:43 AM

Over at the Education Ministry, the experts are cracking their heads over how to prepare kids for a VUCA future - that's volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous, for those not yet familiar with the term.

And that future is likely to see a great disruption in jobs, with computers and robots set to replace humans in many mid-level, skilled roles that used to provide people with a good living.

However, the disruption, while destroying jobs, will also create new ones. The problem is that the new jobs are difficult to prepare for, since many of them do not yet exist.

In his speech rounding up the Budget debate last month, Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam said: "No one knows for sure what jobs are going to be around in 20 or 30 years. And that is why we also have to focus on developing obsolescence-proof skills."

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