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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Does it help with moving to France to be married to a French person?

If you’re a citizen of a country outside the European Union, moving to France to live is administratively much more difficult – but are there any advantages to being married to someone who is French?

Does it help with moving to France to be married to a French person?

You’ve met, fallen in love with and married a French citizen. Congratulations. 

Unfortunately, that doesn’t give you an automatic right to French citizenship, or even – necessarily – the right to live in France. You will still have some bureaucratic hoops to jump through, even though the process is a little bit less complicated.

You’ll also benefit from having a native French speaker on hand to translate the various forms for you – although unless your Frenchie is actually a lawyer, don’t assume that they are knowledgeable about French immigration law, most people know very little about the immigration processes of their own country (because, obviously, they never have to interact with them). 


If you were living in France when you did the marriage deed, you’ll have already done the visa thing, anyway. But if you married outside France, and have never lived in France, there are still things to do, including – and most pressingly – getting a visa.

The thing is, being married to a French person isn’t quite the live-in-France carte blanche that some people may think – you still need to go through the visa process and gather documents including your marriage certificate and proof of your spouse’s French nationality.

The main benefit is that anyone who is married to a French citizen can apply for a family visa (sometimes known as a spouse visa). This allows you to come to France without a job and it gives you the right to work.

Residency card

Once you have legally moved to France you can apply for a carte de séjour vie privée et familiale

Once your visa (which normally lasts for one year) is nearing expiration, you can apply for the multi-year private and family life residence permit.

You must meet the following conditions  :

  • You must share a common address with your spouse – except in particular circumstances (the government website mentions death of your spouse, or in cases of domestic violence);
  • Your spouse must be French on the day of the wedding and must have retained French nationality;
  • You cannot be married to more than one person;
  • If your marriage was celebrated abroad, then it must be transcribed in the civil status registers of the French consulate so that it is recognised in France.

In either case, you must apply for this document, no earlier than four months and no later than two months before the expiry date of your existing residence document (visa, VLS-TS or permit).

The usual list of reasons for refusal apply: if you have failed to comply with an obligation to leave the country (OQTF); if you have committed forgery and use of false documents; if you have committed a serious criminal offence; if you have committed acts of violence against elected officers, or public officials.

Additional information is available, in French, here

The situation is a little different for people who initially entered France without a long-stay visa. Usually, this applies to those from countries who do not benefit from the 90-day rule and are required to get a short-stay visa to enter France. If this is your situation, then when applying for your carte de séjour you will need to prove;

  • You are not living in a state of polygamy;
  • You are married to a French national with whom you have lived together for 6 months in France.

In this instance the first carte de séjour vie privée et familiale will be issued for a year.


Citizenship by marriage is a ‘right’ in the same way that children born in France to foreign parents have a right to be a citizen through the ‘droit du sol’. Yes, it exists – but there are rules, and it’s not automatic.

Applying for citizenship via marriage involves applying for something known as citizenship par Déclaration. This is, arguably, the more simple of the processes available to adults.

It works to the theory that citizenship via marriage is ‘a right’. That, however, doesn’t mean that citizenship will be handed out automatically – there are a number of conditions that you must fulfil, including having a reasonable level of French, and if you either don’t fit the criteria – or, more accurately, do not provide sufficient proof that you do fit the criteria you can and will be rejected.

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If your spouse divorces you, or dies while you are still going through the process then your application may be no longer valid. Equally, if you get divorced within a year of getting French citizenship it’s also possible (although rare) for your citizenship to be annulled.


Yes, we’re spoilsports but people who get married do sometimes get divorced and if you are in France on a visa or residency card that is linked to your marital status then getting divorced can affect your right to stay.

This doesn’t mean you will automatically be kicked out of the country if you split up. In most cases it’s simply a question of applying for a new residency permit in your own right – whether you are working, studying or retired.

If you have minor children in France then you have the right to stay even if you don’t meet the criteria for any other type of residency permit.

You can find full information on how to change your status in case of divorce HERE.

What about children?

Any child born to a French citizen has the right to claim nationality, whether or not they were born in France. So, whether you’re French or not has no bearing on that particular situation.