Need for digital skills in growing professionals

As per the latest Coursera’s latest annual global skills report, India has slipped four places to be ranked at the 68th position globally in overall skills proficiency. However, India’s technology levels rose from 38% to 46%. With strong tech skills like cloud computing, India has now ranked 56th globally compared to the 66th rank last year. Industry reports estimate that 28 million new jobs will be created in India by 2025. As per the report, there is a significant gap in demand VS supply and one must ensure this digital potential does not turn into a missed opportunity. – Mr. Harsh Bharwani, CEO & Managing Director, Jetking in a discussion with CXOToday shares his detailed insights on the same.

  1. Addressing the need for digital skills for growing professionals?

Digital skills are defined as the ability to find, evaluate, use, share, and create content using digital devices, such as computers and smartphones.

These skills help people communicate and collaborate, develop and share digital content, and problem solve in a work-anywhere world.

The digital economy is transforming the way people work, and the skills they need for work. Most jobs require basic digital skills, including being able to communicate via email, or social media, to create and edit digital documents, and to search for information, or to protect personal information, online.

Digital skills are crucial for businesses across industries that want to raise brand awareness, offer great social customer service, generate leads, and increase revenue.

Digital skills make the workplace a freer and simpler place to navigate. A lot of work can now be done from home, or on the move, but this also brings its own set of challenges. A consumer expects more from a company knowing that technology has made everything so much faster.


2. With the global cloud computing market growing, where do we see the infrastructure in companies go?

Cloud infrastructure consists of servers, storage devices, network, cloud management software, deployment software, and platform virtualization.

A History of Cloud Computing discusses different aspects of security in cloud computing, once the security issues are resolved, cloud computing services can enable an enterprise to expand its infrastructure, add capacity on demand, or outsource the whole infrastructure, resulting in greater flexibility, a wider choice

It has allowed us to quickly adapt and cater to the ever-changing needs of businesses and their employees. Cloud computing can process large volumes of data and facilitate global deployment, allowing businesses to create more innovative and dynamic ways of working.

As per the analysis shared by our research analyst, the Cloud Computing market is estimated to grow at a CAGR of around 15.80% over the forecast period (2022-2028). In terms of revenue, The Cloud Computing market was valued at around US$ 429.5 billion in 2021 and is projected to reach US$ 1025.7 billion, by 2028.


3. What needs to change in the education system in India?

Focus on Rural Education – Mahatma Gandhi said, “The future of India lies in its villages. If the villages perish, India will perish too.” This alone explains the significance of focus on rural education. We should have schemes and schools that provide good education to children living in villages.

Not everyone can afford the education system that they offer. Hence, the government needs to take the baton in their hands and eradicate rote learning from the schools at all levels. The schools must be encouraged to introduce conceptual learning which avoids students to mug up what they are being taught.

90% of the education is theoretical with minuscule scope for practical learning and research on the part of the pupils. There is no space for creative learning and thinking and students are always bound to a specific syllabus and are not really encouraged to go out and about their needs.

Effective use of technological tools in teaching has many benefits. It will solve the many problems of infrastructure, quality


4. How will technology advance in the upcoming years in India in the edtech sector?

The edu-tech or ed-tech industry is currently booming as all educational institutions, small or big, are adopting a hybrid approach to learning. Necessity is the mother of all inventions.

The need of the hour is to adopt tech-based education, in order to move ahead and keep up with the global trends.

The influence of AI and Machine Learning in EdTech is predicted to grow by more than 47 percent in 2021. The capability of these technologies to automate even the most basic activities like grading, communication, queries, feedback, evaluation, and progress improves the overall experience of users.

The landscape of education has changed drastically worldwide, especially in 2020. Education powered via technology as an enabler is becoming more multifaceted, flexible, inclusive, and affordable.

We are currently at the pivotal point for EdTech and the move from here will determine the future of technology in education. The upcoming years should bring positive momentum in the digital transformation in education. Technology will support efficient, transparent, personalized, scalable, and accountable systems which will provide the best learning experiences.


5. Cybersecurity is now basic required knowledge for everyone

Cybersecurity is important because it protects all categories of data from theft and damage. This includes sensitive data, personally identifiable information (PII), protected health information (PHI), personal information, intellectual property, data, and governmental and industry information systems.

In today’s world, cybersecurity is very important because of some security threats and cyber-attacks. For data protection, many companies develop software. This software protects the data. Cybersecurity is important because not only it helps to secure information but also our system from virus attack.

Cyber security is one of the most important aspects of the fast-paced growing digital world. The threats of it are hard to deny, so it is crucial to learn how to defend from them and teach others how to do it too.


6. Should skill development be a must for students planning their higher education studies?

Skill development and training helps instill emotional maturity in pupils. Learning new skills requires students to be willing to experiment. While doing so, they might face failures and disappointments but that will eventually prepare them to accept failures gracefully and develop a ‘never give up’ attitude.

Skill based education is important as if we have only knowledge and don’t possess skills then there will be no value of that knowledge. Skill development should also integrate into higher education so that after completion of their studies youth can get a job with the combination of knowledge and skill.

When you earn a degree, you accomplish a big step. You gain knowledge, skills and experience to help you both in your career and in life in general. On top of that, by gaining additional skills in communication and problem solving and achieving your goals, you can also increase your confidence.


7. Upskilling is the trend for the next 5 Years, explain the ways to improve skill development with institutions?

 Upskilling is the process of using additional training or education to build upon and advance your current skills. It’s something that you can do for yourself, and it can also be provided to others.

Be a continuous learner

Always be curious about everything. Ask yourself questions and then find the answers. Continuously connect the information you are learning for new facts and learning.

Be a priority fanatic

Set a goal to get more of the important things done every day. Be obsessed with getting priorities right, on what’s really important, every day, and make sure you spend the majority of your day on these priorities. These priorities should include your development.

Embrace change

Darwin said it was not the strongest of the species that survived, but the ablest to adapt to change. There will be more change in the next five years than we’ve seen in the past 50. Get excited by change. Be part of the most movements that you can. Help shake things up.

Think different

Try and explore new ideas without bringing your old ideas along for the ride. Stand out to be heard. Never reject ideas just because you will not agree with them. Examine and study thoughts before setting them aside.


8. Need for upskilling India Inc’s tech talent pool and NSDC’s role in strengthening budding professionals

The demand for tech skills has increased tremendously during COVID-19. With the rapid adoption of technologies across industries and startups in these sectors are looking out for professionals who already have the required analytical and technical skills.

Technology provides many options that can be tailored to suit the upskilling needs of skill-specific and skill-agnostic industries. These formats include live classes, video-based series, and long cohort-based courses. It can not only help in imparting digital skills, but also in training for important offline roles and responsibilities. It can also help build upskilling formats for new careers that are constantly evolving and adding to their definitions.

National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) has collaborated to address the shortage of a tech-proficient workforce in India and create career opportunities for millions in the digital economy.

To provide comprehensive digital skills critical for the digital-first world. The demand for technical talent continues to outpace supply, and as an example, Cybersecurity demand is expected to increase five times over the next four years in India.

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