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Preparing your Child for the Future of Work

Introduce your child to the future of work from the emerging new job roles to the skills needed to thrive in our new world.

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  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    2 hours

Gain the confidence to support your child understand the future world of work

The world of work is rapidly evolving as we move through the fourth industrial revolution. As the pace of change has accelerated post-pandemic, parents are struggling to prepare their children for the future of work.

This two-week course from Nexgen will guide you through the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the fourth industrial revolution and will give you the confidence to help your child understand the challenges and opportunities of the future career landscape.

Explore the skills needed for the future of work

You’ll learn how to introduce your child and family to the rapidly evolving working world. As part of this, you’ll look at key terminology around the fourth industrial revolution, such as the internet of things, and what these aspects mean for your child.

Then, you’ll delve into the experience and transferable skills that your child will need to succeed in their future career, and what tools and resources can help build them.

This course will guide you through current trends shaping the future of work, including the impact of the internet of things on the current job market.

You’ll also look at how to take an optimistic approach to the future changes to the world of work and ways that you can support your child in adopting this type of approach.

Learn from the careers experts at Nexgen

Over the last decade, Nexgen has been working with institutions and career centres to develop work-based learning programs for students. These programs aim to help students build the relevant experience, skills, and self-knowledge to create meaningful careers.

Having worked with students, teachers, and parents, Nexgen has the experience to help you support your child in designing their career success.


  • Week 1

    Introduction to the Future of Work [Parents]

    • Course Overview

      In this first activity we want to guide you through the structure of the course and introduce you to your facilitator. Let's go.

    • Introduction to the Future of Work

      In this activity we will start thinking about how technology is affecting our jobs and how we need to guide our children to future proof their careers.

    • Jobs Of The Future

      We have seen that changes in the marketplace mean that jobs of the future are being dreamed up, designed and developed right now. Let's discover what these jobs are together!

  • Week 2

    Working with your child [Kids & Parents]

    • Introduce Your Child to the Future of Work

      During this activity your child will understand how job roles can change in the future of work. You will discuss how the 4th Industrial Revolution is already impacting some jobs.

    • Discover Together the Jobs of the Future

      When we talk about job roles with our children it is very easy to fall into solely talking about what we know. Now you should be able to recognise some of the other possibilities out there when it comes to future work.

    • The Skills of the Future

      From the previous activities you and your child now know a bit more about the future careers that might be interesting to them or the future roles they will take. Now it's time to identify the skills they need to the develop.

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Understand current trends shaping the futures of work
  • Describe how tools and experiences can be used as a base to support children and family as they understand the fourth industrial revolution, future skills needed for success and the changing world of work (industry, working habits and job roles)
  • Explore guiding questions to support your children/family take an interest in the future of work and it’s opportunities
  • Identify existing resources to support families increase knowledge and awareness of the future of work and 4IR

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for parents looking to help their children make informed decisions about their academic and professional future.

Who developed the course?


NexGen look at the world of careers differently and understand that to thrive, not just survive in these changing times, you need to look at your professional life with a new perspective.

They help educators, learners and parents to better prepare for future careers and transition to the workplace through career design and skill training.

They have 10 years+ experience in creating and delivering digital and on site live programming.

Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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