If you have a baby now they will work until they are 100, according to a futurologist
Rohit Talwar says babies brought into the world this year will get through an eye-watering 40 jobs during their super-length careers and may even have to learn to drive taxis to make ends meet.
Mr Talwar has told headteachers that the education system is behind with how fast the world is changing and that they must prepare students now for the future.
He claims that as businesses become more automated there will be fewer jobs and many of the old ‘occupations’ will be filled with robots.
Research carried out by the top business consultant suggests between 30 per cent and 80 per cent of the jobs that exist today will disappear in the next ten to 20 years.
He said: “On the other hand we’re not sure how people are going to earn the money to buy the goods and services that will largely be produced by smart software and robots.
“Will it be right to assume that everyone will still have a job? Or will it be natural for 50 per cent of the population to not be working
“If they do have a job all the way through their career, that means they’ll be working potentially up to the age of 100.’
The findings by Mr Talwar precede a survey published today which claims that parents’ biggest fear is that their child will not be able to find a job when they leave education.
The research carried out by the Baker Dearing Educational Trust and involved more than 1,000 parents.
Almost half said they felt stressed by their children’s education.
However, the organisers of the poll claimed that people feel more secure about their children’s job prospects if they attend a university technical college (UTC) rather than a mainstream school.