The future of work: How can we prepare our children for the world of 2032?

The rapid pace of technology is changing almost every aspect of our lives – especially the way we work. Few of us a decade ago could have predicted the apps and networks that dominate our lives in 2022. So what will life look like in 10 years' time?

The future of work: How can we prepare our children for the world of 2032?
Three moves ahead: Tomorrow’s business leaders develop the skills of thinking strategically. Photo: Forward College

Moore’s Law, coined by computer scientist Gordon Moore, theorises that computational power doubles every two years. This means that the devices and networks we will use in a decade will be far more powerful than today, creating new industries and jobs. 

Meanwhile, the last decade has seen a major shift in global politics – and almost every commentator on international affairs agrees that these changes will continue. The ‘way things are’ in 2032 will be significantly removed from where we are now. 

Together with future-focused higher education institution Forward College, we consider the challenges the emerging generation of workers will face – and introduce the school designed to prepare them. 

Learn how Forward College gives young people a comprehensive preparation for a drastically different world – and develops the skills they need to thrive

The next generation will work from anywhere

It’s a safe bet to suggest that the shift to ‘hybrid’ working – working from home some or all of the time – that was forced by the coronavirus pandemic, won’t be reversed any time soon. 

Recent research into working from home, conducted for the Brookings Institution, found that up to a quarter of US workers would quit their jobs if asked to return to the office five days a week. In fact, a majority would take a pay cut to work more hours from home.

Further research by Owl Labs discovered that the working from home shift led to greatly increased morale and productivity. An overwhelming majority of those surveyed reported they noticed a drop in stress levels, and that they felt more motivated. 

With many professional jobs shifting to working from home, the kind of office campuses we are used to simply won’t hold the same importance for this emerging generation. The efficient use of time will be a far greater priority, and it is those young people who can operate across both spaces who will thrive. 

2032’s professionals will overwhelmingly operate in a digital world

The next generation of professionals will be immersed in a world where almost every transaction – social, financial or administrative – is conducted online in some capacity.

From retail to healthcare, the expansion of technology, coupled with selected regional markets exploding in growth means that many future workers will be busy keeping this digital world in motion. 

LinkedIn predicts that over 150 million jobs in the technology sector will be created in the next five years, and many of these will involve the daily use of platforms, or social media channels, that do not yet exist. 

To succeed in this expanding space, the children of today will need to have an understanding of the ‘digital ecosphere’, and how individuals navigate it daily. 

This is no easy task. To predict consumer demand and behaviour requires more than technical knowledge – it requires a complex set of interpersonal skills and abilities. 

Tomorrow’s professionals will need to have ‘soft skills’

Soft skills’ will be an important tool for those climbing the 2032 career ladder. These are qualities such as empathy, the ability to take constructive criticism, resilience, and mediation skills.

Zety’s 2022 survey of HR heads and recruiters found that 61 percent of those surveyed considered ‘soft skills’ more valuable than technical skills, and over half considered teamwork and communication skills to be the most vital out of the mix. 

This indicates to us that professionals who will succeed in some of 2032’s most exciting and integral roles will be those who have developed their ‘soft skills’ over the previous decade. 

Is your child ready for tomorrow’s world of work? Find out how Forward College prepares them for a world of dramatic change and innovation

Class of 2024: Forward College students are being prepared for a hybrid, mobile and digital future. Photo: Forward College

The school preparing tomorrow’s business leaders

If you are a parent, you may be asking yourself how you can prepare your children for this future of work – how to develop their ‘soft skills’ before starting their career. 

Unfortunately, most global education systems are predicated on a simple loop – teach, test, repeat. Merely evaluating subject knowledge makes the job of teachers easier, but it lets students down in terms of skill development. 

This model of teaching ignores the reality that ‘soft skills’ are only developed by doing, engaging in meaningful practical activities that demand cooperation and critical thinking.

As Forward College founder and philanthropist Boris Walbaum writes: “The key to equipping students with the right skills is empowerment and experience.”

By ‘empowerment’, he means disabusing students of the notion that these skills are character traits or natural talents that they either have or don’t have and showing them that they can be developed. 

“A more radical and immersive approach is required – and one that encompasses social and emotional skills, as well as the practical and digital ones we hear so much about.

“Universities must do nothing less than overhaul their entire approach to teaching – to provide new ways of learning.”

Leading the way

Founded in 2021, Forward College offers high school graduates prestigious degrees from King’s College London and the London School of Economics, which are accredited by the University of London. Students can choose from one of six programs – economics, economics and politics, psychology, business and management, data science, or politics and international relations.

Distinguishing it from other further education qualifications, these Bachelor’s programs incorporate an innovative combination of project-based learning and personal and professional development programs. Students learn by completing real-life projects, and continuously tracking their personal growth and skill development. 

Additionally, to widen their horizons, students spend each year of the three-year program living in a different top European capitalLisbon, Paris and Berlin. There they are exposed to new cultures and ways of thinking about the world. 

During their three-year Bachelor’s degree, students can also complete other certificates in parallel. These include Digital Entrepreneurship and Sustainability and Social Entrepreneurship, which impart skills that place them far beyond their peers outside the Forward College program. 

As the founder, Walbaum has a storied career as an education advisor to the French government, and would go on to found a number of NGOs widening access to higher education in France, such as Article 1 and Dual Conseil

The school’s leadership team also has a pedigree that includes leadership roles at Google and Apple. Their understanding of what future employers are seeking in employees, and the lay of the work landscape in general, is substantial. 

French entrepreneur and philanthropist, Boris Walbaum, is the innovative mind behind the founding of Forward College. Photo: Forward College

In Walbaum’s words, Forward College is a “groundbreaking higher education institution that aims to realign learning with the requirements of tomorrow’s top jobs, students’ aspirations and our need for change. 

“With Forward College, I want to participate in reinventing a higher education that nurtures the positive leadership we urgently need.” 

We can never exactly know what the future has in store, and there are undoubtedly unknown factors that will influence future workplaces. However, it is reassuring to know that there are people and institutions helping young people prepare for what is to come. 

Forward College’s 2023 intake is open now. Apply before January 31 to give your child the skills to thrive in 2032’s most exciting careers 

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19 of the best child-friendly days out in and around Paris

Whether you are looking for a kid-friendly day trip outside of Paris, or activities to enjoy in the capital, Paris-based journalist and mum-of-two Helen Massy-Beresford offers the best places to visit with children in tow.

19 of the best child-friendly days out in and around Paris

In the city of Paris


Taking a river boat is an ideal way to see the sights of Paris without wearing out little legs and if it’s your (or their) first trip it will allow you to get a real sense of the layout of the city and its main monuments.

The Batobus boats offer a flexible formula – the whole circuit of the Seine takes about two hours but with hop-on hop-off tickets you can break up the journey with stops at the Eiffel Tower, Musée d’Orsay and Jardin des Plantes–the lovely botanical garden that is also home to attractions including the natural history museum and a small zoo. You can find ticketing information for the Batobus HERE.

A Batobus disembarks from the dock in Paris (Photo by JACQUES DEMARTHON / AFP)

Jardin du Luxembourg 

If it’s sunny you could easily spend a full day in the Jardin du Luxembourg, the chic Left Bank park that also houses the Senate building. Sailing the little wooden boats (that you can hire from a cabin just nearby) across the pond is just as much fun for the grown-ups as the kids.

For a small fee, you can access the Ludo Jardin, a safely enclosed playground with lots of fun equipment including a huge slide/climbing frame, zip wire and (all-too-rare-in-Paris) swings. There’s also an old-fashioned merry-go-round and a puppet theatre and plenty of food options within the park plus summer concerts which take place in the little bandstand. 

Just make sure you obey the pelouse interdite (no walking on the grass) signs and don’t move the garden chairs a centimetre in the wrong direction (the actual rules remain a mystery) in such a way as to annoy the Senate guards that patrol the park – they won’t hesitate to call out your misdemeanour with an officious whistle.

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Parc des Buttes Chaumont

This charmingly hilly park in the north east of Paris is a remodelled former quarry, complete with caves, a lake and a folly perched high above the capital, with truly panoramic views. In the summer, as in many of the capital’s bigger parks, children can go for a pony ride, have a go on the merry-go-round or fish for rubber ducks and win some plastic tat at the fairground-style stalls.

The Sibylle Temple on the Belvedere Island in the Buttes-Chaumont Park in Paris (Photo by JACQUES DEMARTHON / AFP)

If you want to make a day of it, the park is also home to cafés and restaurants–the laid back Rosa Bonheur and the slightly more formal Pavillon du Lac

The Big Museums

In a city as famous for its museums as Paris it can be hard to know where to start even as an adult. If you have children to entertain, the prospect of a long queue and a crowded visit may not appeal but many of the city’s most famous museums make huge efforts to win over younger visitors. Paris highlights including the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay and the Musée du Quai Branly organise guided visits, workshops, story sessions and more aimed at children (look out for “jeune public” on their websites) that should make sure the little ones become museum-addicts for life. 

The Musée de l’Orangerie combines accessible art – Monet’s water lilies as well as small collection of treasures by the likes of Rousseau, Picasso and Matisse – with close proximity to a large running around space (the Tuileries gardens).

Atelier des Lumières 

The Atelier des Lumières is the ultimate child-friendly cultural attraction, not to mention an ideal rainy day destination.

Images are projected onto the walls and floor of this huge space in the 11th arrondissement – visitors can wander around or just find a spot to sit and watch the immersive exhibition slide by.

Themes range from the expressly kid-friendly (Tintin, Thomas Pesquet’s space mission) to the more artistic, including Klimt, Cézanne and currently Chagall – but children will enjoy a taste of the art world in a truly relaxed setting no matter what. The nearby Square Maurice Gardette has a good playground and lovely shady spaces to let off some steam afterwards.  

A man looks at a projected painting by French painter Louis Valtat during a digital exhibition at the Atelier des Lumieres in Paris (Photo by Philippe LOPEZ / AFP)

Get Reading 

From the classic Madeline series by Ludwig Bemelmans to the more recent A Lion In Paris, there’s no shortage of children’s literature about Paris. Why not get creative and plot out a literary route. The lovely A Walk in Paris by Salvatore Rubbino follows a little girl and her grandpa as they tour the city in one long sights-and-pâtisserie-filled day.

Like them, you could visit a market, spend some time in the Tuileries gardens (not least because there are trampolines) and end up by the Eiffel Tower after dark to watch the lights sparkle.

La Villette

There really is something for everyone at La Villette, the vast park and cultural centre in eastern Paris – the Cité des sciences et de l’industrie is a vast temple of scientific knowledge and interactive exhibitions and there’s a concert hall, the Philharmonie des Enfants (a fabulous interactive music exhibition), the Cité des enfants, a child-centred space for exploring science through hands-on games, an aquarium, adventure playgrounds and huge expanses of canal-side grass that you’re actually allowed to run around on.

Oh, and a real submarine to explore. From April until November 2024, if you have children aged between 6 and 11 years to entertain you should check out the Métamorphoses exhibition, which is billed as dialogue between science and imagination.  

Musée en Herbe

The Musée en Herbe bills itself as the only museum aimed at 3 to 103 year olds, where visitors are encourage to touch and interact with the exhibits and get a fun treasure hunt sheet to guide them through the rooms. Themes range from street art to Manga and beyond. Its latest exhibit, En Avant La Musique!, runs until May 2023. 


If you’ve exhausted all the cultural Parisian options and your kids just want to do something unashamedly fun and splashy, you could do worse than Aquaboulevard, a vast indoor and outdoor water park in the 15th arrondissement, with water slides (including one that involves climbing up inside a giant fibreglass whale – more fun than it sounds), a sandy outdoor beach and garden and a wave machines. It’s tacky and fun but frighteningly expensive (children’s tickets are around €22) – look out for special offers and opportunities to buy tickets in advance.  

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Paris Plages 

In the month of August, the banks of the Seine in central Paris and the Bassin de la Villette in the 19th arrondissement are transformed into “Paris Beach” – Paris Plages, with swimming and other sports, merry-go-rounds, deckchairs, sandpits, boules and other outdoor games, beach bars and more. It’s a fun way to spend a few sunny hours and many of the attractions are free. 

A view of the Bassin de la Villette on the opening day of the 19th edition of the “Paris-Plages” (Paris Beaches) summer event in 2020 in Paris. (Photo by GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT / AFP)

Just outside the city

Parc Zoologique de Paris, Vincennes

From some high vantage points in the city you can see the 65m tall artificial rock that towers above the Parc Zoologique de Paris out to the east, in Vincennes. It’s well worth the trip to explore the five “biozones” represented in the huge and recently refurbished site – Madagascar, Africa, the Amazon/Guiana, Patagonia and Europe – where the priority is providing an environment close to the animals’ natural habitat.

If touring the site, home to around 180 species and more than 2,000 animals, isn’t enough, the huge expanse of the bois de Vincennes is nearby for a run around too. 

Jardin d’Acclimatation/Fondation Louis Vuitton

Head west for a day out that will please adults and children alike: first stop, the Fondation Louis Vuitton, which houses an impressive permanent collection as well as carefully curated exhibitions. I thought my 7-year-old had enjoyed the recent must-see pairing of Claude Monet and Joan Mitchell but she later confessed that the escalators were her favourite part.

To be fair, the Fondation is housed in a remarkable building designed by the architect Frank Gehry – the views from the top are breathtaking. And the good news for children just tolerating the art is that just outside the doors, is the Jardin d’Acclimatation, likely to be much more up their street.

This huge park is a kids’ paradise of rollercoasters, climbing frames, fountains to splash in and animals to visit. Check out the options on the website to pay in advance for the rides – paying for them on the spot adds up quickly. If your children still need to burn some energy after all this, the Bois de Boulogne is close by. 

Further Afield

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Even the most culture-weary youngster will be able to get on board with the extraordinarily over-the-top aesthetics of the famous Château de Versailles, home of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. The good news is that entry is free for under-18s (with some date restrictions for the gardens – best to check on the website) – let them visit castles! 


A slightly longer train ride from Paris will take you to Fontainebleau, where there’s a huge forest and an equally huge castle just waiting to be explored. You’ll be far from the enormous crowds that flock to Versailles and the little town itself is a nice peaceful place for a wander and a lunch-stop. 


The medieval ramparts of Provins, around 1.5 hours away from Paris by train, are ideal for wannabe knights. Even better, the town organises spectacular shows that include birds of prey displays. The show took the adults’ breath away but is probably best for children aged five and above. My then-two-year-old’s verdict after half an hour or so of dramatically swooping eagles: “What are those pigeons doing?”


Why not follow up on your Paris museum visits with a complementary trip to Monet’s house (which you can visit) and stunning garden? Seeing the actual bridge and lake the great artist painted still there and the garden in full bloom, today, makes a fun way for art to come alive, and only around 1.5 hours from Paris by car. 

Ferme de Gally 

Head out of the city for a taste of country life at one of the Fermes de Gally, all close to the city (although you’ll probably need a car) for farm visits, Easter Egg hunts, pumpkin patches during the autumn, pick-your-own and more. 


You don’t have to take your kids to Disney … but they’ll love it if you do. Check out the EuroDisney website for more details and to book in advance. You can stay on site or it’s an easy train ride from central Paris, to Marne-la-Vallée/Chessy station which is only a few minutes’ walk from the theme park entrance. Make sure you book in advance. 

Parc Astérix

Thirty four hectares of theme park dedicated to everyone’s favourite Gaul – and only 40 minutes from Paris.

Rides at the Asterix amusement park in Plailly, outside of Paris (Photo by STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP)

The second-biggest theme park in France will be a fun day out for everyone but bear in mind smaller children will not be allowed on all of the rides. You can find ticketing information in English here.