Editor of the Economist tells students to learn adaptable skills

15 May 2018



At the start of June, we visited St John Bosco School in Wandsworth, for the Editor-In-Chief of the Economist Zanny Minton Beddoes’ Skills2030 campaign talk.

Reflecting on her own experiences, Zanny emphasised the value of learning to communicate effectively, the importance of maths and science, and the advantage of keeping your options open.

Zanny implored the students to be curious, take opportunities when they arise and to equip themselves with transferable skills that will have currency in the future.

Zanny was speaking as part of the skills 2030 campaign which has seen over 30 leading figures speak in schools about the future of work.

Addressing the 50 or so sixth form students, Zanny said that ‘tech is changing everything that we do’ and therefore it is essential to learn skills that you can keep adapting.

‘There are enormous opportunities available but also huge challenges’.

‘Give yourself the basic skills that you know are going to be essential for the future and keep your options open. Maths is key, as is the ability to communicate well.’

And finally, our favourite piece of advice from Zanny:

‘When you get an opportunity, take it’


Zanny Minton Beddoes is the Editor-In-Chief of The Economist.

We would like to say a big thank you to Zanny for her insightful Skills 2030 talk and to St John Bosco School for being such excellent hosts.

Our Skills 2030 campaign will continue with more speakers across the UK. Keep up with the coverage of this talk series here.