The anticipated rise of automation has led to a focus on developing 21st century skills for lifelong learning in students. Within this context, parents believe students are most equipped with digital skills and creativity (60 per cent and 57 per cent, respectively). There is work to do, however, in the area of critical thinking, the lowest ranked competency by parents with just 43% believing students are extremely or very equipped. As the world of work changes, it is the character qualities as well as competencies that will futureproof Generation Alpha. Parents believe students are equipped with curiosity (60 per cent) and adaptability (50 per cent), yet there is room to improve in leadership skills (42 per cent).