Students at Southern Hills: the ‘Climate Change Gardeners’ of the Future

Found in: School News | Published on: 01 February 2016

Year 10, 11 and 12 students at Southern Hills Christian College were challenged to think creatively about their future jobs during a teacher training Roadshow which visited their school last week.

SCEA Institute of Teaching and Learning Principal, Mathilda Joubert, and Administrator, Bec Peters, are on a mission to spread the word about the new SCEA teacher training degrees, which will be offered from next year. 

Their dynamic sessions take students through a range of exercises to really get them thinking about what type of career might be right for them.

The gatherings are opened with a mind blowing video clip ‘Shift Happens’ which brings to life the rapidly changing world we live in with facts such as:

-       65% of today’s school children will work in jobs that don’t yet exist;

-       Today’s learners will have between 10-14 jobs and 3-7 careers in their life;

-       By 2020, human knowledge will double every 12 hours;

-       Half of what a technical student learns in their first year will be outdated by their third year.

The clip highlights that we are preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exists, using technologies which haven’t been invented, in order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet! Contrary to previous generations, knowledge is no longer the most important skill to have in the future. Instead being able to learn, unlearn, relearn and adapt will be vital.  

Students then work in small groups to invent jobs that don’t yet exist based on a current problem facing the world, a random object and any existing profession. Much hilarity ensued and students loved getting creative with their job titles such as a Climate Change Gardener: a person who creates billboards which absorb carbon emissions and a PoP: plumber who delivers oranges through pipelines to solve world hunger.

Next Mathilda and Bec ask each student to note down for themselves:

1)   Things they love doing

2)   Things they are good at

3)   Things the world needs

4)   Things you can get paid for

Before showing them that it all starts with good teachers!

The partnership between SCEA and Tabor College of Higher Education offers unique teacher training degrees from a distinctly Christian perspective, in conveniently located Midland. Students can expect a more relational and practical alternative to teacher training.  More information can be found here.

The Institute Team has also visited Ellenbrook Christian College and will attend the Careers Fair at Swan Christian College in April. Contact Bec Peters with any questions.