• April 25, 2019
    • Posted By : anudip_2018
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    • digital education Job-aspirants Life Transformation Skill Development skilled workforce skills

    About the Author

    Bidisha Roy is associated with Anudip as a TATA ProEngage volunteer, a part-time skill-based volunteering programme. Bidisha is a Learning Consultant who has strategized and designed learning programs, interfaces, and experiences for over 16 years. She is a certified Design Thinking Influencer and practitioner and has worked in the area of handloom textile conservation. An avid reader and a passionate traveler she believes storytelling can change the world. In her blog below, Bidisha focuses on the need of the industry and the careers created in the new economy.

    In the near future 500 million jobs will be replaced by machines, the skillsets that we have known for decades will be wiped off completely. The question now is are we prepared for this new age? Is it enough to just have an educational degree

    It is not that machines will take over and the age of machines will descend, what will actually happen is that all manual tasks will be taken over by machines while humans will have on their plate tasks related to critical thinking and problem solving. Now whether one is training to be an engineer a doctor or an entrepreneur along with your education you will need to be proficient in certain skills. According to the World Economic Forum, soon in the job market people will be “only as good as the skills they possess”. So how do we keep our skillsets aligned with this rapid transformation?

    Some of the primary drivers of this change are:

    • Longevity: People will live longer with advancements in medicine and treatments
    • Smart machines and Systems: They will enhance our capabilities and remove repetitive tasks
    • Computational world: Data will be easy to mine out of every activity through advanced sensors
    • New Media Ecology: Communication tools will move beyond text into visual thinking


    Some of the technologies driving these changes include:

    • Artificial Intelligence
    • Internet of Things
    • Nanotechnology
    • Quantum Computing
    • Biotechnology


    So the skills that we will need to evolve within ourselves and within others are:

    • Sense making: Being able to interpret and read all that is available whether that be data or interconnected scenarios
    • Social intelligence: Being able to connect with others in a meaningful way to elicit desired reactions and interactions
    • Cross Cultural Competency: To be able to works across varied cultures
    • Adaptive Thinking/Cognitive Flexibility: To be able to come up with solutions as per changing requirements beyond role demarcations. Approaching things in a trans disciplinary manner
    • Computational Thinking: Being able to analyse and derive insights out of data
    • New Media Literacy: To be able to use visual thinking and other new forms of communication for persuasive interactions
    • Design Mindset: Being able to come up with radical solutions keeping the user in the centre


    In this space, Anudip gears to inculcate digital education and new-age skills into its curriculum to prepare job-aspirants deprived of opportunity to become employer’s choice of skilled workforce.

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