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Lifelong Learning and Education Help Develop “Future Skills”

Story by Learnerus Lifelong

The old saying that learning never ends has never been more true than right now. In this era of rapidly changing markets and technology, improving your skill base is vital to ensure a prosperous career, or to maintain it in the future. Developing the skills should not be just an aspiration, but a necessity due to the changing job market. It implies not only raising the degree of qualifications but also the right blend of technical knowledge, abilities, and skills demanded by the future workplaces. We call these the “future skills”; the ones to be demanded more by the markets than traditional skills.

Future Skills – The Background

Technology is rapidly evolving at an extraordinary pace and proving to be a vital part of how we work and live. Increased globalization, global connectivity, rapid advances in processing power, flow and accumulation of data, and speedily dipping price points are powering technological innovation at a scale and speed we have not seen before. But such shifts happened over decades and not over night. Today, the cumulative impact of technology is boosting the progress exponentially. Internet penetration, data availability, and mobile phones have skyrocketed, enabled by the rapidly falling cost of hardware.

The labor markets across the globe are in a prolonged period of change. Globalization has boosted competition for companies and employees in most of the sectors and developed new opportunities and markets for those interested in lifelong learning and future skills development. The automation of increasingly complicated tasks, especially using AI (Artificial Intelligence), could replace a lot of jobs while raising demand for others. The gig economy (short term jobs) and self-employment are increasingly common.

Meanwhile, there are persistent and huge regional disparities in economic performance, showing the asymmetric distribution of the skills across the regions. In mainstream countries like the U.K for instance [1], the population is aging, decreasing the ratio of the workers to the retirees so that the productivity would need to rise if the living standards and output are to be maintained. Economic security would not be accompanied by a job for life, but from having the ability to renew and maintain the right skills gained via lifelong learning.

The OECD 2016 study [2], comprised of data of 21 developed countries, revealed that 9 percent of the jobs can be automated with variations across the countries falling in between 6 percent and 12 percent. However, the workers having low qualifications are arguably at more risk of tech-based displacement across all the countries.

Source: OECD, 2016

The Future Skills – What and How?

The Digital Skills Gap Report 2015 [3] issued by Burning Glass Technologies demonstrates the 14 New Foundation Skills, demanded by the digital economy. These skills, when combined, results in synergy, while each of it brings the salary premiums as well as opportunities to the professionals. Still, a set of skills is preferred. The New Foundation Skills proposed here, are divided into three categories:

  1. Human Skills: Creative, social, and critical intelligence to solve problems such as analytical skills, communication, and team-building. – Also called soft skills.

  2. Digital Building Block Skills: Data analysis-driven decision making such as data analysis, management, computer programming, and digital privacy.

  3. Business Enabler Skills: Practical Skills such as project management, digital design, and business process.

The emergence of Smart Cities also demands the future skills. As explained by Burning Glass, smart cities are characterized by digital technology utilized to develop their infrastructure, workforce, and governance. These cities exhibit massive innovations and new rising industries. As per the report, these cities would be in greater demand for future skills.

Lifelong Learning and Future Skills – Go Hand in Hand

Aspiring for and pursuing a successful career in a challenging, digital global markets requires learners to be agile lifelong learners, happy to pursue continuous adaptation and ready to move across the industries. If one profession seems to be obsolete – a change that may occur virtually overnight – one must need to be able to shift quickly into another.

Lifelong learning provides intellectual flexibility as well as professional adaptability required to seize opportunities in highly dynamic, new sectors as they arise, as well as the flexibility to handle pressures in declining industries. Training centers just simply need to recognize the skills that businesses will seek in the future and develop their learning and development strategies accordingly.

LearnerOn.Net Facilitates Your Lifelong Learning Journey

Driven by a mission to support the community of adult, lifelong learners in finding the learning path for their needs and means, LearnerOn.Net supports the participating users and learners. Using AI and Machine Learning to aid the Human Learning, our platform serves as a home for lifelong learners aspiring to develop future skills and ready to meet the new challenges.

Our platform features unique functionality based on Learning Q&A, a wide range of courses and books, exclusive content for Learning Paths, and the latest news and informative blog posts. All are helpful in keeping updated about recently demanded skills and navigating the journey towards the desired outcome which is gaining the skills needed for the future. We connect the learners with a vast world of opportunities, resources, and information that they can rely upon to develop the future skills. Everything we add on LearnerOn.Net aims to bring value in the life of the learners. Explore more on LearnerOn.Net and pursue lifelong learning Learning Path of your choice, for a promising career in the future.

Yours walking along with you on the learning paths to future,


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