Shanton Chang on the changing nature of work

I recently attended the Council of International Schools (CIS) Conference. Shanton Chang, Associate Professor at Melbourne University, shared his research about the changing nature of work and the need for students to develop skills.

Recent reading from the Foundation of Young Australians (fya), The Fourth Industrial Revolution written by Klaus Schwab (Founder and Chairman, World Economic Forum), and a paper Future Skills written by Alpha Beta for Google Australia all correlated with Shanton’s research that students are moving into a world where they need to be adaptable, agile, information literate, creative, digital literate, sustainable, and exhibit morals and ethics. The Catholic teaching that underpins the curriculum is important in providing these skills and attributes for our learners.

Have you heard about the work role of a digital entrepreneur? Or a Cultural and Market Influencer? How about Green Architects, Digital Strategist, Data Scientists or a Chief Listening Officer? These are some of the fastest growing jobs in the world. None of the jobs existed in 2005. 30% of jobs will not exist in the world in 2025. Year 7 and 8 students will be applying for jobs that do not yet exist. 40% of the jobs that don’t change will be different. Change is coming.

Our students experience a comprehensive curriculum with many opportunities to understand different cultures and religions, develop critical thinking skills, gain an appreciation and implement sustainable practices, and be creative.

Old Collegian from 2017, Will Fernandez recently spoke to our high achievers about taking on opportunities at the College. Melbourne University makes it a requirement that a student studies a subject outside of the course offering. As part of his Arts/Commerce degree he recently completed Choir Singing. All students need to diversify their learning across a variety of subjects.

An extensive number of electives at Year 9 and 10 ensure our boys experience different pursuits and interests. Students select subjects of interest within their chosen pathway yet are stretched to explore subjects and extra-curricular activities.


Mark Ashmore, Deputy Principal – Learning and Teaching

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