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New Skills for Fast Moving Industries: Reforming Schools


As technology and the IT industry continue to evolve at a rapid rate, the advancements made have sent ripples throughout all industries. Advanced technology has become increasingly incorporated into organizations, regardless of industry, creating a need for new skills in workers. This adoption of technology has created a skill gap in certain fields. By 2027, it is projected that workers will require new types of training in order to keep up with more advanced technologies.


ADAPTING TO NEW NEEDS

An area of challenge which has arisen within organizations is the skills gap. Without a capable workforce, transformation and integration of technology will be difficult and limited. We must not forget that as technology evolves and becomes further integrated into every single industry and business, digital skills and competencies are no longer an option but a necessity. These skills have now become vital, with many businesses and industries, apart from the IT sector that requires these skills to function. As the evolution of technology and its application continues to grow, it is required for employees in this new digital and technologically advanced age to have the adequate skills to adapt, co-exist, and use these tools. Now that most industries require some form of IT or digital skill and competencies, which were not requirements before, organizations are facing the challenge of finding workers adequately equipped with all the necessary skills. Organizations should also emphasize the importance of soft skills, as collaboration is a large part of business, especially in today’s climate. A vast opportunity and potential for business interested in adapting, is to become more inclusive toward women and other marginalized groups. Increasing the percentage of women in the industry is not only an opportunity to increase diversity, but becoming more inclusive will also enable organizations to tap into hidden talent pools.


SCHOOL REFORM

Many jobs have become increasingly complex as technology has evolved. Plus, the skills needed in many positions are not currently taught in academic institutions. This underscores the necessity of updating and rearranging academic curriculums and course structure, which are still lacking. Without up to date programs and school curriculums adapted to teach the latest necessary and applicable skills in the workforce, new generations of candidates will not have the right skill sets and knowledge to enter the industry. When discussing IT work forces and the skills needed, addressing the issue at the very root is the best solution to closing the skill gap. Reevaluating the current education system and curriculum is vital in creating a new generation of employees, which are well adapted to today’s workforce industry, not the past’s.


With this new age of business transformation upon us, collaboration is one of the most crucial aspects businesses should keep in mind. As collaborativeness becomes more necessary than ever to survive and thrive in the market, employees should embody this quality while committing to creating shared value with others. Closing the skill gap within the workforce today is the key to creating a more efficient talent pool. Re-evaluating what is included in the curriculum today and reforming schools are the strategy to tackle this issue at the very root.


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