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Preparing your child for a career of the future
Welcome to the 4th Industrial Revolution! Due to the rapid technological advances of the 21st century, we are living in an era of quick and abundant changes. One change that comes with this age of social media, robots, and artificial intelligence (AI) development is the extinction of jobs. For example, cashiers, bank tellers, and administrative assistants are projected to become obsolete within the next decade. However, another change is the creation of new jobs! Even just a few years ago, occupations like social media marketers and user experience (UX) and user interface (UI) designers either did not exist at all or were in low demand. Now, companies are scrambling to build influencer outreach programs while job seekers learn to code at boot camps. You never know what the future holds, so how do you prepare your child for a career that might not exist yet? Embrace New Things The very first thing to do is open your mind to all the possibilities. Embrace trends and new developments, even if they seem strange at first. People who see potential in something novel often succeed because they enter the market before it’s overcrowded. They may also set the rules or become frontrunners. One example is Steve Jobs, who predicted computers will be a staple in every home, leading to Apple’s rise to the top. Another example is YouTube, which has become a billion-dollar company. Those who created content when YouTube first started saw great success and still have millions of loyal subscribers today. However, there is a lot more competition now. More and more kids in the United States and United Kingdom want to grow up to be YouTube stars. Rather than jump on a trend when it's at its peak, try to get ahead of it. The way to do this is to be open to new ideas, and then... Stay Updated In order to embrace new things and get ahead of trends, you must always keep a finger on the pulse. Stay updated by reading the news and talking to others. To get the most comprehensive view of how the future is looking, you should expand your horizons and read publications you may not normally read. Sign up for a variety of newsletters that focus on different industries, like Adweek (marketing) and Wired (technology). Another good resource for parents is Pearson, which does survey-based research into educational trends. The latest report discusses the future of education and vocational training in career-building for students. Learning as much as you can is the best preparation for the future, but not the only way. You should also... Work On Soft Skills Even though jobs may change, the skills that make an employee competent and desirable never do. You may be unsure about signing your kid up for coding classes right now, but you can always work on their soft skills, which transcend any one job. Soft skills include time management, creative thinking, conflict resolution, sense of responsibility, and focus. These ensure that your child will be a good worker. You can help by building up their study habits and routines, removing distractions, giving advice, and encouraging breaks so they can refocus and foster creativity. You can also improve socialization traits, like empathy, sense of humor, and teamwork. Employers want to know your child is a good person to have on their team since they will spend many hours together. You can lead by example: show compassion and communicate clearly. Your child can also get involved in the community through volunteer work and read more books, which boosts the Emotional Quotient (EQ). Excellent soft skills ensure your child will be a good worker in any field or position! On top of that, you can... Build Transferable Skills For an even greater advantage, you should work on your child’s transferable skills, meaning skills that are important no matter where they work! Your child may not be able to specialize quite yet, but they can perfect basic skills like writing, public speaking, and comprehension. For example, you may not believe a career in science requires strong writing skills, but that is not the case. Pre-med students are nowadays required to take writing classes so they can write up good reports. Public speaking is necessary for any leadership position. Comprehension ensures your child can follow directions and learn new things for their current job or a new one. To boost these skills, encourage your child to read more and write daily! They can also sign up for activities that will push them outside of their comfort zone, like going to a theater camp that will improve their speaking skills or signing up for a sport that requires quick and strategic thinking. These skills will prove useful no matter what new jobs the future holds! What lies ahead can be uncertain and ever-changing, but you can still help your child prepare for it to the best of your abilities! Learning about trends and honing basic skills are key so that your child can get into any industry, even if that industry does not exist yet. Preparing your child for the future job market will ensure they have the best future possible! To work on some of the skills mentioned above, take a look at the programs we offer and find a JEI Learning Center near you.
JEI Learning Center Named Among Top Low-Cost Franchise Concepts of 2020
We are proud once again to be named among the Top 100 Franchises for Less Than $100,000 in 2020 by the industry-leading publication, Entrepreneur. Based on the scores received in Entrepreneur's 2020 Franchise 500 ranking, this is the seventh consecutive year we have been chosen from thousands of concepts in the overall franchising universe. At JEI, we provide students individualized, supplemental education that specializes in self-learning through skill mastery in small steps. Help the kids of your community get back on track with our language arts, math, and critical thinking programs geared toward Pre-K through 9th-grade students. If you are interested in helping the kids of your community achieve “A Better Life Through Better Education” and learning more about becoming a JEI Franchisee, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our franchising website*. *This is not an offer to sell or solicit an offer to buy a JEI Learning Center franchise.
Long-term effects of the summer slide: how it follows your child into adulthood
After a long ten months of grueling office work, you put aside your glasses, rub your eyes, stretch in your chair, and think, “Finally, it’s time for my two-month vacation.” You put in the notice to your boss, who okays it without a second thought, and you leave without looking back. You are buzzing with excitement. You see amazing weeks ahead, weeks of splashing by the pool, eating unreasonable amounts of barbecue, and spending time not doing much of anything. You know what you do not see? Any work whatsoever. True bliss, indeed. You may have read that with a puzzled look on your face, wondering, “What dream-like workplace is this and where can I find a job like this?” but you probably know instinctively, “This cannot be real.” And you are right. It is not real. What workplace gives you two whole consecutive months off to do whatever your heart desires without concern for money? However, you may have very well realized: school does this. It takes the summer off every year, releasing your child into leisure and freedom. Unfortunately, this system is also giving children an unrealistic expectation about the real world and forming the habit of tuning out at the same time every year. Their attention naturally starts dipping by May and into June--and it is hard for them to recover until much later in the year if left unchecked. You may already know about summer learning loss, or the “summer slide”--it is a phenomenon that happens every summer when children lose a significant amount of what they learned in the past school year. One study shows that upcoming fourth graders lose approximately 20% of what they learned from third-grade reading and 27% of what they learned from third-grade math. As for upcoming eighth graders, they lose about 30% of seventh-grade reading skills and 50% of their seventh-grade math skills. This is not to say that children need to endure grueling schoolwork every single month of the year, but they do need to remain invigorated when it comes to self-learning and growth. Summer vacation creates complacency that the real world just does not provide, leading to a disjointed sense of responsibility when entering adulthood. They are used to having long periods of break. They are used to healing burnout this way. They are used to putting their brain on sleep mode. However, this may affect them as working adults who realistically would get around two weeks of paid vacation time the whole year, as well as never-ending “homework,” whether it is work-related, like checking emails, or life-related, like tuning up the car. On top of that, there is no excuse for learning loss in the workplace. No boss wants an employee who forgets how to make an Excel spreadsheet, no hospital wants a doctor who forgets how to suture, and no government wants a president who cannot remember the Constitution after a summer on the golf course. The usually overlooked task of being a parent, as well, takes on a rigorous 24/7 schedule. June to August seems like a good time for your child to relax because school can be challenging and taxing mentally, but you, as a parent who continues on that 24/7 schedule, have to be careful that he or she does not stop learning altogether. It is a harmful habit to take two or three whole months to prioritize leisurely activities. Unfortunately, it does not seem likely that education will reform in time for your child to have school year-round with shorter, more frequent breaks. This is where supplemental education steps in, in possibly the most important way--by significantly preventing loss of learning. Beyond making sure your child retains what he or she learned in the past school year and advances ahead for the next, JEI Learning Center instills a belief that learning and progress never ends. Through a steady workflow that is optimally created for stress-free but productive learning, your child will be more prepared for not only a new school year but also adulthood. The adoption of self-learning and self-motivation is key. We do not want children to tune out. We want to help them to take responsibility for their own learning and thrive! Summer learning does not have to be as intense as school learning, but it does have to be there. Find a Center near you and enroll your child in one of JEI’s summer program to keep their brain on full power mode!