The world of today is flexible, technology-savvy and dynamic. It brings the strong to the top and breaks the weak. To join the strong ones and remain in demand as a professional going forward, one needs to define the ways to achieve that goal. Irina Blinova, PwC Academy Leader in Ukraine, talks about the emerging learning trends and tools that can help quickly learn new skills in her exclusive interview to Mind.
Have you noticed how quickly out world is changing and how some roles become irrelevant while new ones emerge? According to the World Economic Forum report, The Future of Jobs 2022”, 75 million jobs and numerous roles may be displaced by a shift in the division of labour between humans and machines, while 133 million new roles may emerge in response to the need to adapt business and technology to the new conditions using unique qualities and skills of a human.
According to PwC's extensive survey, Talent Trends 2020”, 77% respondents are ready to be completely reskilled in order to be able to find a stable job in the future.
And this resilience is exactly the success factor in the labour market of the future. You should not be afraid of the change that will increase your value as a professional.
The World Economic Forum’s report The Future of Jobs 2022 indicates that 5 skills will continue to grow in prominence by 2022:
Human-centred skills, such as the ability to work in a team, developed communication and problem-solving skills will also increase their value.
Traditional learning tools:
These and new tools will only work when the learner has all three of:
The world of today is quickly evolving and knowledge, technology, the circumstances of our lives change too quickly, therefore it is critical that the knowledge remains relevant. What is important and critical today will be outdated in six months’ time. By setting short-term goals, people prefer to develop in small steps in order to keep up with relevant knowledge.
However, learning something new in depth is typically a time-consuming effort. Is the learner sufficiently motivated to complete a long course? Their focus becomes distracted and often taken over by an immense amount of information from various, often contradicting, sources.
The lack of awareness is the most common reason behind stopping learning. The learner’s motivation may be “I want to complete the course to learn this/how do to this” but it will not work unless it is underpinned by a conscious choice with the motivation “When I have this skill, I will be able to get promoted, become a more valuable professional, increase my value”.
The adaptive world of today has taken these three points into account and the learning professionals have complemented the classic tool set with new tools that increase learning engagement. These include:
Becoming technology-savvy is becoming a necessity for a wide range of roles. To join this circle, continuous improvement through learning new material and practising skills is key. Therefore, it is important to allocate time to your development daily by using a mix of traditional and online methods.