3 key trends impacting your career in the digital age

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10 Oct 2020 |  30

There have always been predictions about how the future of work and education will look. It was never a question of where things will head, but when the change will take place. Courtesy the pandemic, all things that we expected would take 5-10 years have been fast-forwarded with the advent of work-from-home and remote-learning. The pandemic has thrown the entire human race into an experiment. We are seven months into lockdown. The absence of a vaccine has put the focus on further evolving the work-from-home and remote-learning ecosystem. Going for a university higher education has been a questionable decision. It does not mean you don't need higher education. It is a question of - whether colleges today (faculty and curriculum-wise) are relevant to what industry wants. They’re not. As a remedy, corporates have built their own training camps. HCL is even hiring students straight out of school and training them to be ‘actual’ engineers. Smaller companies are partnering with online learning platforms to upskill and reskill their workforce. Online education has always competed with universities. It even almost always had the advantage of being more up to date and more industry-oriented. Yet, students opt for expensive higher education from universities for the laurels attached to having a degree. When going to employers, a degree serves as a testament to your knowledge. The online learning platforms replicate this credentials system by rolling out their own ‘mini degree,’ ‘nano degree,’ and similar certification programs. Corporate leaders have also steadily started considering these certifications - and this trend is only going to be further widespread. The digitization of credentials also provides employers more and better data on which corporate leaders can make hiring decisions. Employers should ultimately be able to see candidates’ activity logs by partnering with e-learning providers. It can help optimize recruiting strategies; the setting of hiring qualifications, and the development of curriculum.

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