Our students today are entering a world of digital connectivity. They are surrounded by stimulation in an instant global environment. This world is changing and will continue to change until technology stops advancing, which may never happen. This post will outline my outlook on what a job interview will be like in 2050.

Interviewer:     "Welcome, come right in. We will start today by taking a look at you."

He looks down at his tablet and projects up your social media accounts. He then presses "run" which begins to cross reference your followers, friends, and connections to content you pubslished including: global connections, work experience, innovation and feedback. Any content found is then filtered onto the projector screen regardless of it was deleted or not.

Interviewer:    "Tell me about these."
Interviewee:    You proceed to answer for these findings.
Interviewer:    "Let us look at your previous work experience."

He then pulls up your LinkedIn and Facebook accounts and pulls up your work history. 

Interviewer:    Please tell me how each of these helped you get to where you are today?
Interviewee:    You answer.

Interviewer:    What are the 5 most recent global projects you have worked on?
Interviewee:    You answer.

Interviewer:    Tell me why you are most qualified for this job in less than 140 characters.
Interviewee:    You answer through Twitter.

Interviewer:    How will you keep your skill set up to date?
Interviewee:    You answer.

Interviewer:    Thank you for your time, you will be informed shortly regarding your application.

So why is this outlook important? The future employees will not be judged on what they know, but how they can use it. Their digital footprint will be used to see what meaning they have brought to the word rather than a negative look at their thoughts. Here are some statistics that relate to your students.
  • 81% of teens are currently posting their work and thoughts online.
  • 92,000+ articles are published daily
  • 1,194,902,462 minutes are spent on this published content every day
  • Students today are capable of making one decision every half a second, no matter the consequences.
  • Employers already have access to your social media accounts.
  • Two of these questions are from interviews that Google conducts today!
Our job as educators is not only to teach students the standards and help them to master the content knowledge but to prepare them for the world. We need to create students who are conscious about their digital work. No matter what you post or how you post it, it will stay online forever.