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Reskill to keep your job

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With increased adoption of emerging technologies job roles are evolving every day. Rapid transformations are forcing corporates and individuals to reinvent themselves, observes Elets News Network (ENN).

A recent study by Shine.com in collaboration with NHRDN on the significance of re-skilling says that 94% of CHROs feel Indians need to re-skill themselves to stay relevant and grow in their career.

‘The sentiment resonates with corporates alike. ‘Skills gap is a huge roadblock, which business are facing not just in India, but also around the world. Rapid technological advancements and wide scale adoption of disruptive technologies such as AI, Machine Learning etc. has necessitated the need for continuous reskilling of professionals, in order for them to remain relevant.  Emerging technologies bring with it a host of exciting opportunities and if one is to make the most of it, one needs to constantly reskill,’ says Karthik Kadampully, co-founder and CEO of edutech firm AEON Learning, which provides courses on emerging technologies through its platform Acadgild.

Arjun Pratap, Founder & CEO, EdGE Networks an HR Tech startup, which works with leading MNCs likes of Wipro, HCL and others shares, ‘As organizations embark on their Digital First strategy, the foremost task is to align talent plans with business strategy. Talent is at the center of all successful digital transformation programs. This requires organizations to have visibility to skills gap in existing skills mix versus forecasted demand.  Decisions to reskill, invest or maintain skills mix would then be more scientific resulting in workforce of the future.’

While large corporates are looking at creating in-house learning channels to bridge the talent-gap, for most others, online platforms such as Acadgild, Simplilearn that offer specific emerging tech courses are coming to the rescue and helping them bridge demand and supply gap of skilled talent.

‘We are seeing an increasing number of professionals taking up courses in Data Science, Big Data and Blockchain on our Acadgild platform. So, reskilling is here to stay,’ adds Karthik.

According a latest ‘Future of Jobs’ report from FICCI-Nasscom & EY report, by 2022, 9 per cent of the country’s 600 million estimated workforce would be deployed in new jobs that do not even exist today, while 37 per cent would be in jobs that have radically changed skill sets.

India’s corporate sector needs to do a lot of catching up in order to keep pace with the continuously evolving employment scenario. This will also involve an overhauling of India’s education system, which will need to focus on creating more industry-ready talent. However, this will also mean that Government, industry and academia come together and make a collaborative effort to make India a skilled nation.

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