Written by Head Girl Alice Oh and Deputy Head Girl Caitlin Scott
As Year 13’s, we are on the precipice of leaving school and launching into the next stage of our lives. To gain a better understanding of the options available and the obstacles that we will face the future workforce, student leaders Samuel Roberts, Alice Oh, Caitlin Scott and Xander Butler attended the ‘Future Ready Summit 2019’, hosted by ATEED (Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development) at the Vodafone Events Center in Manukau.
A highlight of the conference was a keynote speech by Sir Stephen Tindall, who emphasised the importance of creating human connections and social values, as technology moves us into the future. The conference also discussed the key attributes the workforce will require as we move into the “fourth” industrial revolution where technology and automation are set to take precedent.
The conference focused on the skills the workforce will need, such as emotional intelligence, creativity and cognitive flexibility. For students, it was a chance to reflect on how the shifting technological, economic and environmental climate would shape our outlook as we head into further career development
Overall it was a great experience that allowed us to create connections with many of the business executives of Auckland across many different disciplines. We were able to gain an insight into the world of the employers.
Thank you to Business teacher, Ms Lee for offering us this great and inspiring opportunity and organising the trip.