Career skills a growing concern in education

65% of children starting school today will need skills for jobs that don’t yet exist, according to the US Bureau of Statistics. At Dwight School (New York, US), teaching combines theory and practice, and fosters innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership skills in a real-world context.

Nicholas Wyman, author of Job U: How to Find Wealth and Success by Developing the Skills Companies Actually Need, spoke to Stephen Spahn, chancellor of Dwight School about how they foster lifelong learning and ensure students have the skills they need for the digital age.

Through hands-on learning, students develop crucial and transferable skills they can use in any career or context, including problem-solving, teamwork and adaptability. “A well-educated person is someone who if relocated anywhere in the world will prosper and thrive”, says Spahn. In his view, there’s no limit to what young people can do if they have the freedom to innovate.

Dwight School has been an IB World School since 1975 and started offering the IB's Career-related Programme in 2014. The CP's flexible educational framework allows schools to meet the needs, backgrounds and contexts of all students. CP students engage with a rigorous study programme that genuinely interests them while gaining transferable and lifelong skills. 

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