In the World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs Report 2020, the WEF predicts that 85 million current roles will become defunct, thanks to automation. For many, this is not good news. On the flip side, the WEF also predicts that 97 million new jobs will emerge. However, to prepare for that, upskilling must become the name of the game.
Unfortunately, COVID-19 has had a massive impact on the world. As many countries imposed mandatory lockdowns, the world is now preparing itself for another recession. For many of us, it feels like we’re just after standing out of the last one, but nobody could’ve predicted this. However, this recession will be like no other before, and a wealth of opportunity will emerge for people with the right skills. The problem there is, there are not enough digitally-skilled people to prepare businesses for the next five years.
Upskilling – The window is getting shorter
According to the report, the window for upskilling is getting shorter. Companies need new digitally-skilled workers now, and there will be a focus on shorter-term courses as opposed to longer-term degree programmes. This reskilling will apply to people who are likely to stay within their existing roles. It will also apply to those who are at risk of losing their positions due to “rising recession-related unemployment”.
We’re all waiting to see what post-pandemic will look like. What businesses will stay open? Will many of us still be able to work from home? When we return to “normal” – what will the business landscape look like? One thing is certain, technology has accelerated, and a good goal for the next few months is to upskill or reskill. The jobs of tomorrow will need more digital skills than ever before. Among the roles that will be most important, going into the coming months and years will be technical roles. Apart from software development, the World Economic Forum also reports the increasing demand for the likes of data analysts, AI & machine learning specialists, process automation specialists and more.
Automation & Python
One of the clear indications from the report is that automation processes, AI, Robotics and machine learning will all become more prevalent over the coming years. Even now, companies around the world depend on technologies to keep ticking over. Never before have we been so reliant on the cloud, video technologies, the internet, etc. Regarding all of those businesses that unfortunately had to shut their doors, most of them now are examining a technological response that will allow them to keep their doors open for the next lockdown or if there are any future pandemics.
Upskilling in these roles will open a myriad of opportunities for employees. These are the skills that will be in demand.
Upskilling – Use your time wisely
Support while you learn
Code Institute brings complete beginners to software developers within 52 weeks. We teach the skills that are in demand for the future. We do this by offering the most fantastic support available. Our support structure includes Student Care, which assists in the day to day matters like scheduling. Tutors are available to our students 24 hours a day, five days a week, plus weekends, to assist with technical problems.
Our programme is graded based on five major professional-grade projects that our students work on throughout the programme. We have a team of personal mentors, with years of professional programming experience, on hand to offer advice to students as they go through these projects.
We also have the most amazing community. These are like-minded people who are also doing the programme or have finished the programme. This community helps and supports each other through the programme.
Incredibly important is our Career Support. We have a team on hand to help our upskilling students find a new job in software development.
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