The Metaverse, with its immersive 3D experiences, has the potential to revolutionize the way we interact, learn, and work. It’s no surprise that young people are particularly excited about the opportunities this new technology can offer them, from exploring diverse career paths to accessing innovative skills training.

The EY Foundation’s report, “Social Mobility Inside the Metaverse,” highlights young people’s enthusiasm for this emerging technology. They see it as a tool to break down barriers and better understand different industries and roles. The Metaverse could transform work experience, allowing young people to explore careers they might not have had access to.

Moreover, the Metaverse’s potential to adapt learning methods to individual needs is particularly promising. Offering immersive, hands-on learning experiences could level the playing field for those who struggle with traditional learning styles.

However, as with any new technology, there are concerns about accessibility and inclusivity. Young people from low-income backgrounds are rightfully worried that they may be locked out of the Metaverse if it remains expensive or inaccessible.

To ensure that the Metaverse benefits everyone, developers must prioritize accessibility, making the technology available on mobile phones rather than just expensive computer hardware. Employers and training providers should also ensure that Metaverse technology is widely available for young people participating in work experience and skills development programs.

The government also has a role in incorporating Metaverse skills training into regional skills improvement plans and supporting employers in this endeavor.

Additionally, creating local Metaverse “career influencers” networks to reach out to underrepresented communities and raise awareness about job opportunities in this space could help bridge the gap. Schools and colleges should also leverage the Metaverse to enhance their career guidance for students.

The Metaverse has the potential to be a game-changer for social mobility, opening up new career paths and learning opportunities for young people from all backgrounds. However, it’s essential that we take proactive steps now to ensure that this technology is accessible and inclusive.

By working together – developers, employers, educators, and policymakers – we can harness the power of the Metaverse to create a more equitable future for all young people, regardless of their socioeconomic background. The time to act is now to ensure that the Metaverse fulfills its promise of unlocking opportunities and breaking down barriers for the next generation.