Thousand Oaks, CA, March 14, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- Brighter Horizons is a conference for 5th to 9th grade students organized by the American Association of University Women, AAUW, that took place on March 8th, 2014 on the California Lutheran University campus in Thousand Oaks, CA. Students engaged in hands-on experiments learned about the "cool factor" of math, science, and technology from enthusiastic scientists and researchers. The parents were invited to listen to three talks on how to best prepare their children for college and help the students find their true calling.
Workforce Press attended the second talk, titled The Jobs of the Future, presented by Nathalie Gosset to an audience of about 120 parents. Ms. Gosset, Senior Director of Marketing and Technical Innovation Evaluation at the Alfred E. Mann Institute for Biomedical Engineering at the University of Southern California, gave an overview of upcoming new technologies and reinforced the message that maths and sciences will play an important role in these new career paths. Among the professions that will be in demand in the next twenty years will be jobs in healthcare that can help predict the susceptibility of a person to a disease before it appears and that can treat it preemptively before its onset. In this space, analysts that gather the genetic profile of an individual, software developers that correlate genes with diseases, and the vaccine or treatment developers will work closely together.
The digitalization of information will also open doors to professions focused on integrating videos, television, images, digital forms of communications and documents into smart surfaces or into virtual worlds. Neurosensing will grow into several industry segments and brain computer interface technology that picks up energy waves emitted through the skull, will be used to control computer screens or machines.
Gosset has a liberal perspective on students spending time playing games on the computer. She believes that these online environments could be beneficial to the student’s learning and help them sort out their interests in scientific topics. She stressed the importance of parents or educators to teach children to search their name on the internet and verify that they have a positive internet profile in anticipation of their college application. Unflattering information can be pushed down the search list on subsequent and rarely accessed webpages by creating new positive cyber entries about the student’s accomplishments and interests.