The topics of lifelong learning and need to update prior education are being discussed in public media almost on daily basis. With regard to the increasing pace of development in technology and industries applying digitalisation, it is easy to understand that a traditional university degree does not give tools or methods to solve future’s business challenges. Future work requires not only knowledge about a particular topic but the ability to solve a problem by combining knowledge from different fields.
What should a student choose from the curricula in order to graduate with a skillset that lasts time and prepares for future work? The Future of Jobs report published by World Economic Forum illustrates how fourth industrial revolution changes business, government and individuals. This report also specifies “top 10 skills in 2020” which all stem from meta-skillset
- Complex problem solving
- Critical thinking
- People management
- Collaboration with others
- Emotional intelligence
- Judgment and decision making
- Service orientation
- Cognitive flexibility
The top 10 skills in 2020 as in Future of Jobs Report (World Economic Forum)
The changing nature of work also forces educational institutes to re-evaluate and update their offering in order to provide students skills for managing future work tasks. Kruchoski (2016)  emphasises that work today is increasingly collaborative and focused on complex problems in creative ways. Work is also more transdisciplinary than before. How to learn the crucial meta-skills as part of degree studies? Although several meta-skills certainly develop during university studies, a particular substance-knowledge still is the key focus in majority of the courses. One possibility to widen own study plan and overall understanding of learning is to participate Cern bootcamp programme (10 credits). The bootcamp combines 20-24 students with various educational and cultural backgrounds from 3AMK (Haaga-Helia, Laurea and Metropolia) and HIP (Helsinki Institute of Physics) affiliations. Student teams work on chosen global challenges and challenge themselves for providing a solution. Although producing a solution is the goal of the every team, the programme has special purpose for the personal and collective learning. The intensive week in the heart of nuclear science, Cern Switzerland, provides a fruitful environment for new perspectives and understandings. Without teamwork, persistence and belief in own contribution many of the great innovations would have never happened. The ability to see the link between small and big, known and unknown, as well as self and others are dimensions students get to learn through experience.
Cern bootcamp challenges students especially to try out their skills in creativity, complex problem solving and cognitive flexibility. These skills have had crucial value throughout decades for awakening innovations and are likely to have important role also in the future evolution of human beings and digital reality. The traditional classroom pedagogy seldom gives possibility to learn and develop these and other meta-skills in a similar way. Future work requires ability to step out from the comfort zone. Would you be ready to challenge yourself and learn through experiencing Cern bootcamp?
Application period for CERN Bootcamp is open!
 The Future of Jobs report, World Economic Forum (2016), https://www.weforum.org/reports/the-future-of-jobs retrieved 15.1.2020
 Kruchoski, Paul (2016) 10 skills you need to thrive tomorrow – and the universities that will help you get them. World Economic Forum, https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/08/10-skills-you-need-to-thrive-tomorrow-and-the-universities-that-will-help-you-get-them/
Writer: Sanna Heiniö, Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences