The group “Constructors of practice communities” in cooperation with Agency for Strategic Initiatives (ASI) created the online business game for vocational guidance of senior schoolers named “The way to profession. Assimilation and mastering”, based on materials of the almanac “Atlas of Emerging Jobs”. The game is developed for two professional areas – medicine and biotechnology; its pilot version was demonstrated at the First All-Russia Forum of Gifted Schoolers “Future intellectual leaders of Russia” (http://talentrussia.ru/novosti)..
This forum enjoyed over a thousand participants and guests; it was organized according to the Decree of the PF President V. Putin and under the aegis of the Plenipotentiary Representative of the RF President in the Central federal district. The game was conducted at the group session “Medicine of the future”, under the aegis of Russia's biggest pharmaceutical company R-Pharm (r-pharm.com). About a hundred 9th- and 10th - graders who plan to work in medicine and pharmacology took part in the game. For several hours, the guys were enthusiastically getting acquainted with future technologies in these professional areas, were analyzing school and university subjects and courses, drawing up personal educational trajectories for becoming the professionals of the future. On the results of that game, almost everyone of them not only felt the desire to carry out similar games in their own schools but also started pondering over the rightness/ value of their own professional choice.
A similar game, conducted by schoolers themselves, was successfully tried-out in the experimental school “Perspective” in Moscow.
Materials for independent holding of the game, with organizational requirements, instruction for carry-out and didactic issues, will be accessible for download on the site in August 2014.
«The Smartest Applicant of Siberia” (SAS)
The Applicants Contest based at SibFU (Siberian Federal University)
Each students has their own history of entering the dear-to-heart university. Someone, horrified, recollects losing documents on the last day, someone took the wrong bus and was nearly late for the exam. Some people were only a step away from failure, others, by contrast, were conspicuously splendid at the entrance trial. But somehow, all applicants at all times share a single unifying desire – oh, if only this nightmare could be already over! However, occasionally, stories of a different sort also happen, and in fact there are guys for whom entering the Siberian Federal University this year has turned into a captivating adventure, which they are happy to come back to over and over again.
Emerging professions/jobs propounded by participants:
Quite recently, there came to an end the contest “The Smartest Applicant of Siberia” or, as participants used to abbreviate it, SAS. This year, the contest's page was visited by over 70 000 applicants, and about two thousand school-leavers from 48 regions of Russia and 4 CIS countries tried to test their potential in doing SAS tasks.
It was the Web that made it possible to carry out three stages of the correspondence round and the virtual round. This year, the “Atlas of Emerging Jobs” was used in one of such rounds. The tasks were formulated in the way to bring maximum benefit for participants, who, even having failed to fulfill them, would still get to know something new and useful for themselves.
Participants were to compare professions of the future with the existing ones. So, for example, the guys analyzed education specializations already existent at the University, and made suppositions where one should enter today so as to work, later on, in the entirely new technology.
Task sample. As it turned out, already now SibFU disposes of the research and practical basis appropriate for 80% of professions/jobs from the “Atlas of Emerging Jobs”. For example, to get the profession of “Glazing Specialist” (the one most favored by participants out of all professions listed in the Atlas), from 170 specializations provided by the University an applicant already now can choose two: “metallurgy (profile - composite materials)” and “nanotechnologies”. Some participants even exemplified it: “Glazing Specialist” is the developer of nanocoating for modern electronics (Gorilla Glass as a variant).
Space power engineer
From my perspective, the real profession of the future is “space power engineer”, because space will soon be our second home. A human will always need energy resources, so that in space solar power stations (SPS) will operate and provide consumer systems with energy. A space power engineer is an expert in SPS maintenance, with the range of duties: systems for generation and transmission of 'space' electricity (SPS) to consumers.
This professional will get busy with various developments for human immortality, based on solutions for overcoming old-age dysfunctions, prolongation of life expectancy, implementation of apoptosis (programmed cell death) for elimination of harmful cells in an organism (e. g., tumors), blocking of apoptosis for normal (useful) cells, so that they could divide interminably, etc.
Artificial organs designer
As is well-known, nowadays bioengineering is fast under way, and most likely, already in 25-30 years there will appear a great number of people wishing to have organs transplanted; at that, most notably – not the live but the artificial ones. Then society will need “artificial organs designers” who will have expertise in designing live organisms based on artificial (synthetic) materials.
The task of this professional will be to record the dreams of a concrete person via special equipment and then analyze them. It may become possible to record dreams, like films, on a disk and then to watch them over again, for extra inspiration. Even in cases when a person is haunted by nightmares, he/she will have an opportunity to consult psychologists and the recorded nightmares will enable to solve the problem quicker and more efficiently. Besides, emerging of this new and uncommon profession would induce further research of human brain function. Facilitated by the recorded dreams data, experts would be enabled to take a fresh look of a person's inner world. This technology would make it possible to help people better understand their own “self”, as well as expose those amazing worlds into which we all are immersed every night.
This professional will process all obtained dream-data, re-format it into video and then – exactly like an ordinary editor – will cut, lay over special effects, and then record for customers the discs with their own dreams. In perspective, there will appear an opportunity to devise and record dreams in advance, so that a customer could have a desired dream installed in his/her mind and relax enjoying it. Such technology will be especially in demand for those who suffer regular nightmares.