Discover your Career Calling with the Power of Real-World Challenges

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‘Don’t limit your challenges, challenge your limits!’

Life, more often than not, throws various challenges at us, but how many times are we prepared to face them? While academic education helps build the foundation of a career, it doesn’t adequately prepare learners for the real world.

So how does one develop the skills and competencies to prepare for a productive future?

Unlock your potential with real world learning

Real-world learning for the 21st century is a crucial missing link between academic achievement and long-term life success. At its core, the phrase “real-world learning” means learning that is active, applied, and grounded in the world beyond school walls. It goes beyond test scores and empowers you with the skills to navigate college, career, and community, laying a critical foundation for success.

Start by engaging yourself in authentic, relevant problems, projects, and experiences that develop career awareness and readiness. 

Once you immerse yourself in learning experiences with experts, influencers, brands and purposes, your academic work finds meaning beyond the walls of the classroom. Also, this allows you to gain hands-on skills that you can use for a lifetime.

‘Challenge’ your Limits!

Attempt real-world challenges on the Uable app

A challenge lets you turn an abstract concept into a concrete and actionable output. It is a call to action to learn deeply about the subject. And by doing so, you develop essential skills necessary to thrive in an ever-changing world. It fuels collaboration to identify big ideas, ask thoughtful questions, and identify, investigate and solve complex problems. 

Uable enables real-world learning with the power of challenges created by global experts on the app. They lead to immediate, bite-size learning and build excitement around the theme or the domain that interests you. 

It pushes you to leverage experience, harness internal and external resources, develop a plan and move forward to find the best solution. Along the way, there is experimentation, failure, and ultimately, success.

Career Discovery with Uable

Uable is a daily space for learners where they can self-design their own career discovery journeys by attempting real-world challenges.

  • We know that learning is driven by motivation and instead of a one-way flow of centralized pre-prepared information, so we’ve adopted learner-generated parallel flows on the app; this helps learners to explore their talents and interests with creativity and curiosity.
  • You can explore real-life domains where they can dive deep into topics that interest them and discover new career pathways with the help of experts.
  • The more you create on the app, the stronger your portfolio becomes. Your strengths, interests, and passion are well-documented for future references. It also helps in sparking enthusiasm for further discoveries and creations.
  • It makes you future-ready as you gain relevant 21st-century skills – one challenge at a time!

Getting Started 

Explore challenges across domains like entrepreneurship, marketing, tech, and many more. Interact with experts, brands, organisations and find like-minded peers who share common interests. And of course, in the process, you also create amazing work and showcasing your talent to the world!

Each challenge/domain/theme is a contagious field of energy that spreads excitement – that stimulates each user to start discovering unknown things or work on their own skills.

At Uable, you are free to pursue and develop interests every day without textbooks, or the pressure of exams, and marks.

Start attempting challenges on the app to discover possible future pathways for your career.

Happy creating!

10 Teenpreneurs who’re changing the world with their ideas

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Age is just a number when you are filled with passion. This fact doesn’t only apply to old age. Teenpreneurs from across the world are defying the notions of age too.

Building and running a business is often considered to be the job of someone experienced. People don’t take teenagers seriously or believe they can have the skills to run a successful business.

If you also think a teenager cannot become an entrepreneur, you’re mistaken.

You may lack experience, but you certainly don’t lack ideas, creativity, and a fearless attitude. Your innovative mind and the desire to do something are enough to put you in the shoes of an entrepreneur.

Don’t believe it? 

Let’s introduce you to some of the teenpreneurs rocking the world of entrepreneurship. They have not only made a mark with their innovative ideas but also earned millions. From healthcare to fashion, no field is untouched by these teenage entrepreneurs. 

Read on for some inspiring tales of teenprenuers who are changing the world with their ideas. The future might be waiting for you to be on this list.

Nikhiya Shamsher: Fighting Oral Cancer with QuitPuff

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14-year-old Nikhiya of Bengaluru was left shaken by the plight of an oral cancer survivor. It led her to find the real reason for the high mortality rate among oral cancer patients: delay in detection. Moreover, these patients had to bear a lot of physical, emotional, and financial stress.

To solve this grave problem, she went on to invent a low-cost device called QuitPuff, which can detect the risk of developing oral cancer.

Initially, her project wasn’t taken seriously because she was ‘young’, but she kept trying. She has tested the device in hospitals and keeps working on improving the device to launch it in the market. She has also received many awards and research grants that help her sustain the project.

Langston Whitlock: Helping Elderly Have a Safe Trip

After learning that the homeless and elderly were facing transportation problems to get to medical appointments, Langston got the idea of building the ride-sharing app, SafeTrip, in 2018.

His app lets patients, caretakers, and healthcare providers book medical transportation. Moreover, the payment for the rides can also be made using insurance. Safe Trip has raised $2.3 million in funding and crossed revenue of $3.4 million.

Now 20 years old, Langston leads a team of people older than him. His company not only provides safe and affordable rides but also trains high school seniors to become SafeTrip drivers after graduation.

Sreelakshmi Suresh: Hobby to Web Design Agency

Designing websites used to be a hobby for 11-year-old Sreelakshmi. She decided to turn it into a full-fledged business and founded eDesign Technologies. 

Starting from the website for her school, she has designed websites for over 250 clients over 8 years. Her clientele includes some reputed names. Her business thrives mainly from word-of-mouth. 

Femi Adebogun: Simplifying Scholarships Application

Financing education is a big problem in the USA, and Femi took it upon himself to solve it. He founded ScholarMe, at 16, to simplify how high school and college students paid their tuition fees.

His website allows students to apply for all their financial aid at a single place that too cost-effectively. So far, his company has got funds of $4.2 million from 8 investors.

Interestingly, he hired remote employees and tried to hide his age, but eventually, they found out when the company won an award.

Hriday Dhand: Caring for the Health of Vegans

13-year-old Hriday from a family of vegans got concerned about the lack of critical nutritional values in their diet. After some research, he came up with the idea for his nutritional supplement product, Strength-O-Seeds. 

His product, made from dried fruits and seeds, aims to help vegans fulfil their daily protein and other nutrients requirements. He has also discussed his business plan with the chairman of the Marico group (a leading consumer goods brand).

Erin Smith: Small Observation to Big Idea

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While watching a video, 16 years old, Erin observed something that would shape FacePrint.

She noticed that Parkinson’s patients’ laughs or smiles seem emotionally distant. This led her to build FacePrint – a diagnostic system that captures changes in facial expressions to diagnose and monitor disorders like Parkinson’s.

Her technology is undergoing clinical trials at Stanford University. She has also received support and funding from some pharmaceutical companies. 

Brandon and Sebastian Martinez: Socking Millions

11-year-old Sebastian’s obsession with patterned socks gave birth to Are You Kidding Socks. The Martinez brothers started designing socks and, with the help of their mother, found a manufacturer. 

Their socks became a hit and even made them appear on the show Good Morning America. The company sold $1 million worth of socks. They also launched a Charity Socks collection which shares a portion of sales with charitable partners.

Their future plans include the expansion of their business to manufacturing t-shirts, hats, and shoes.

Ananya Gupta: Driving Change with Grit Parity

Karnataka-based high school student Ananya is a gender equality advocate. Her observation that there is a lack of equal gender representation in school textbooks led her to build a tool called Grit Parity.

Grit Parity is a platform where you can upload your textbook to check whether the book has equal gender representation. Her goal is to ensure the education system facilitates gender equality not just in India but the world over. 

She has also received funding from Amazon Web Services and plans to expand her work internationally.

Kenan Pala: Creating Impact through Kids4Community

Kenan from San Diego has been passionate about helping others. He was surprised to find that he could not volunteer for a lot of causes as he was underage. Like him, many other kids also wanted to volunteer. 

He took the matter into his own hands and founded his non-profit organisation Kids4Community, where any kid can volunteer. So far, he has raised over $1 million from charitable events, corporates donations for various causes to support the community.

He plans to hand over the organisation to his younger brother once he enrols in college.

Ayushi Aggarwal: Making STEM Accessible 

16-year-old Ayushi is the founder of an international non-profit organisation Unknown16. Her organisation runs projects to help young girls and underprivileged children develop a passion for STEM subjects.

Unknown16 encourages children to develop ideas to solve social issues and become leaders of tomorrow. Ayushi has also been invited to speak at the UN Climate Action Summit and gained support for her initiative all over.

Sky’s the limit for you

All these teenprenuers are proof that you have all the power to achieve whatever you want. 

From making a difference in the world to making profits, your passion and your ideas have all it takes to build your career as an entrepreneur. So, what are you waiting for?

Jobs in 2030: 10 Predictions to Make You Future-Ready

When you think of 2030, sitting here in 2021, you might feel overwhelmed. After all, the world has changed beyond our imaginations over the last few years, especially since the pandemic.

Who could imagine you’d be spending your crucial school years online?

Not to mention, technology has taken over almost every field of work. On top of it, there’s more uncertainty than ever as to what the future holds for job seekers.

You must be wondering if you’re on the right track. Do your passions align with future jobs? Are your skills future-ready? If not, what do you need to do to future-proof your career?

You are about to find out.

The Future of Jobs in 2030

As per a report by McKinsey, although the rise in automation and artificial intelligence will eliminate many jobs, technology is bringing exciting job opportunities in your way.

Many leading agencies have been studying the trends in technology, economics, and society to predict what jobs may look like in the year 2030. Here’s what to expect in the next 10 years.

  1. The healthcare sector is unfolding more jobs opportunities

The pandemic has brought our healthcare systems to the center stage. The demand for healthcare providers is rising worldwide due to an increase in illnesses. As more people focus on their health, the demand for wellness practitioners is growing. In addition, new jobs are emerging in the geriatric care and pet care domains.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the healthcare sector will add millions of jobs, especially high-paying ones, in the next decade.

  1. The best of technology is yet to come

The growth of technology has been at a supersonic speed in the last few years. But, the best is yet to come. Artificial intelligence, machine learning, augmented reality, 6G mobile networks, blockchain, and many other technological advancements will transform the nature of many jobs.

  1. Administrative and support jobs will gradually disappear

Automation of work has been taking over the administration and support roles. As the organisations continue to adopt new technology for customer support, bookkeeping, and other such tasks, these jobs will be lost over the next 10 years.

  1. Remote work will be the norm

Recently, companies have had to adopt remote work culture as they had no choice due to the pandemic. However, remote work culture is predicted to become common all over the world in the near future.

Seeing the benefits of remote work, many major companies like Twitter, Facebook, PayPal, and Infosys have allowed permanent remote work for as much as 50% of their employees. Other companies are also set to go remote soon. 

  1. More people are going to freelance full-time

The younger generation is finding 9 to 5 jobs dull. Thanks to the flexible working hours and job location, more and more youngsters prefer working as full-time freelancers. Also, creative freedom along with the high-income potential is popularising the freelance landscape.

  1. Softs skills will be high in demand

Artificial intelligence will indeed wipe off many jobs, but still, it won’t replace human intelligence. Interpersonal communication, decision-making, problem-solving – these are some skills that will continue to be very high in demand in the future.

  1. Online learning will continue to boom

Online education has been pacing up for some time. The pandemic forced it to accelerate even further. By 2030, we’ll see online education become more personalised, immersive, and interactive with the introduction of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technologies.

  1. ‘Passion’ economy will thrive

Social media has given a voice and new ways to earn money to artists, craftspeople, and people passionate about a particular thing. With the growth of technology, people adopting their unconventional passion as a career will continue to rise.

UNESCO also recognizes the contribution of creative pursuits in economic growth and promotes a creative economy as a part of their sustainable development goals for 2030.

  1. Digital marketing will not stop growing

As more and more businesses go digital in the future, digital marketing is going to be essential for brands to attract and retain customers. People who can create content, build and manage digital campaigns, and study audience behaviour online will continue to be in demand.

  1. You’ll need to keep upskilling

The future is all set for major transformations. You won’t be able to escape it. So, you’ll have to adapt and upskill to keep your career going.

Future-Proofing Your Career

The world is changing fast and you’re not alone in feeling uncertain about what the future holds. These predictions are hinting at a future dominated by technology, creativity, and soft skills.

As we approach 2030, the key to future-proofing your career is to learn futuristic skills and adapt continuously. The good news is you don’t have to worry a lot about upskilling as technology is making learning more accessible and far more interesting. To take the future head-on, all you need to do is tap into your potential and keep on learning. We’re here to help you succeed along the way.

5 Ways To Reimagine The Future Of Education

Exponential breakthroughs in digital technology in the new era are tremendously increasing. Thus, forcing us to reconsider our relationships with one another, institutions, and ourselves.

And, it is the next decade that presents a significant window of opportunity like:

  • What key societal trends will have an impact on the future of education?
  • What will learning look like in ten years?
  • How will the roles of the educator and the student be reimagined?

As you explore the future of education with us, what can you imagine? Contemplating new learning possibilities and a better future for all learners, isn’t it? So, do we!

Here Are Five Ways To Reimagine The Future Of Education

1.      Connect, Collaborate & Create

The theory of a teacher standing in front of a classroom packed with students who listen and respond to instruction is becoming increasingly obsolete.

While not a novel idea, kids’ learning spaces will eventually replace the traditional classroom. As a result, students will become collaborators or co-creators of their learning. Yes, peer learning is set to grow.

Teens can now learn at different times and from various locations. Moreover, eLearning tools have made self-paced learning possible.

So, the classrooms will be flipped. The theoretical aspects will be learned outside of the school while students can enjoy learning practical aspects face to face and interactively.

2.      Choices And Preferences

The future of education is all about adapting and developing student-centred learning. The onus is on teachers to adopt personalised learning and teaching strategies in this quest.

The phrase that governs the upcoming trend of providing excellent education to students is flexibility in learning. Given that each child is unique, with their own set of options and strengths, children can significantly up-skill and re-skill from flexible learning patterns in the future.

3.      Project-based Learning

Today’s children should adapt to project-based learning as their careers may change in the future. This implies they can learn how to use their talents in various circumstances and attempt different tasks easily in a shorter amount of time.

Teens should be familiar with project-based learning by the time they reach high school. So, this is the time to teach organisational, collaboration, and time management skills as fundamentals. They can apply them in their future academic and professional pursuits.

4.      Skill-based Education

According to Dell Technologies, 85% of the occupations that Generation Z and Alpha will be doing in 2030 have not been conceived.

Education is primarily about preparing kids for work. Thus, skill-based training improves employability and encourages kids to try their hand at several professions.

As a critical pillar of education, skill-based training is one method of bridging the skill gap between the demand and supply of qualified professionals, which is common in many nations.

5.      Edutainment

A fusion of knowledge and pleasure is allowing people to learn and grow.

The latest technological advances in Augmented Reality (AR) have already replaced the pens and chalk pieces required to learn and teach, capturing teenagers’ interest.

Using media to deliver education has its advantages. While giving a platform for students to express themselves better, media learning also allows them to stay in contact with global educational activities that are taking place at various locations across the world.

Wrapping Up

As the world transforms to embrace technological futures, how and what we teach in our educational system will be changed to meet the expanding demands of 21st-century skills.

If this transition is widespread, students worldwide will reap a slew of benefits in their careers. But, at the same time, educational systems must evolve to adapt to the future that lies ahead. Furthermore, educators must be prepared in light of the movement towards a more customised student experience.

The Questopedia

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From meeting inspirational experts to receiving stunning user creations on our app, hereʼs how Quest, global schools event, unfolded on May 8, 2021.

The Global Imprint

At Uable, we are working tirelessly to bring the mission of real-world learning to life and help every learner discover their passion and career calling.

Quest – one of its kind event for high school students – was the perfect platform to amplify our mission.

It was an inspirational moment to see students from across the world come together. We received participation from over 130 top schools globally – from Brazil to France, the UAE to the USA, Ghana to India and many more spread across 35 countries.

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Solving real world problems with experts

We connected them with brands and industry experts from around the world to encourage them to apply skills, and explore domains by solving exciting real-world challenges.

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Creating a guiding path for future generations to follow, one real-world challenge at a time!

At the live event, we had three experts who shared their valuable experience & career journey and gave a sneak peek into what the future holds for tech, health, environment, space, and more.

Jonathan Powers, vehicle design engineer at Tesla on the future of electric vehicles

Health Coach Gretchen Battle on the importance of health

Cosmonaut Sergey Ryazanskiy gave major space and life lessons!

Creativity at its best!

The challenges launched by the experts on the Uable app brought out some really innovative and out of the box ideas.

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The Winners!

Gretchen Battleʼs Next Gen Smart Watch for the Elderly Challenge

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Jonathan Powers’ Power the World’s Largest Ships Challenge

Sergey Ryazanskiy’s Mission Mars: Breathe Easy Challenge

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What our experts said…

Our users loved the Quest global schools event too!

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The Quest event may be over, but your quest to discovering future career pathways continues. Keep exploring the Uable app.

Generation Side Hustle: How the gig economy is preparing teenagers for the Future of Work

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High school students across the world got creative during the pandemic lockdown as they discovered new hobbies & passion projects and turned them into a side hustle.

While there were some who were busy binge-watching Netflix (remember the “Tiger King” phase?), there were many more who were selling crafts, making candles, and even selling customized poetry to make extra cash.

With abundant tech platforms available, it has never been easier to start a side hustle

You can sell your art on Instagram. Set up a Shopify store in a matter of minutes. Offer to develop websites using code-free platforms such as Wix or Squarespace or provide design services using Canva. 

The opportunities are endless. So is the growth.

A New Way to Learn

For decades, teenagers have formed the backbone of entry-level jobs such as serving food at restaurants or working as shop assistants. While these jobs help pay some bills, growth and learning opportunities are limited.

A great thing about the gig economy is that it welcomes everyone with open arms – even those who have no prior experience.

It’s a perfect starting point for teenagers who are looking to express their creativity and find out what they are passionate about. 

It is also an innovative way to learn new skills outside of academic knowledge.

According to UNICEF, more than half of South Asian youth do not have the skills necessary for employment in 2030. Another report says that young adults in the US lack important soft skills, like critical thinking and teamwork, needed to succeed at the workplace.

A hustle is a great way to fill the gap.

It teaches you to be entrepreneurial and life skills such as communication, money management and many more. In fact, a survey by Girls With Impact says that 53% of Gen Z expect they would be running their own companies -affirming the entrepreneurial spirit of this generation.

Even if you don’t start your own business, skills learnt from a hustle are valuable and are easily transferable across various career paths.

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development agrees. It conducted a study in Australia, the UK and the US, and found that teenagers who combine part-time work with full-time education did better than expected in their school-to-work transitions.

So where does one start?

Getting a Head Start into the Future of Work

The first step is to explore what you are good at. Think about long-term projects and goals that can bring fulfilment. It gets you in a future-focused mindset and helps with discovering what you are truly passionate about.

Next, you can turn that into an amazing portfolio of work. Even without any prior experience, you can hop on to various gig platforms and start taking assignments. Within a few months, you will have a solid portfolio to demonstrate your talent.

Going forward, a portfolio is set to become more valuable than a professional degree. It’s a real-time showcase of your creative expression, talent and skills.

Shape your own career path, instead of choosing conventional streams. Tap into the gig economy to get started on your dream job!