How to avoid the digital skills gap

Only three percent of the population really understands the enormity of the technological revolution and its impact on the world of work.

This is according to the European digital academy, Growth Tribe, in their video The Digital Skills Gap and the Future of Jobs 2020.

The video helps employees understand what to expect and how to prepare for the future.

Many people believe that when the time comes they will be ready for these changes. However even a cursory look at the latest innovations reveal that the time is already here.

Self driving cars, 3d printing, artificial intelligence, drones, virtual reality and smart machines have now become a reality.

Experts predict that in as little as 3 years these technologies will have become "deeply" entrenched in our every day lives.

This might seem like a far-fetched idea at present, but our dependency and interaction with computers and smart phones demonstrate just how quickly technology can take over.

The danger of complacency

One of the biggest threats to job security is a complacency or disregard for future employment trends.

Many employees in established companies feel comfortable and safe in their current position.

They understand their tasks and feel secure in the knowledge that they are fulfilling their roles in the company.

However these roles are likely to change as technologies infiltrate business processes, which means the work you once did may become unnecessary in future.

In fact research suggests that "as many as 45 percent of the activities that individuals are paid to perform can be automated by adopting currently demonstrated technologies."

In addition developers are now using simple and cheap technology to build new products and services.

"Even that safe company you work for is increasingly under outside threat."

Changing business models

Even though start-ups are increasing, job creation is not. The reality is that businesses of the future will focus on hiring a few highly skilled people rather than masses of employees.

Companies will begin to prioritise skill sets over job roles.

"Employees require you to know an ever growing number of new and ever changing fundamental skills in order to use the technologies they've implemented.

This new model will lead to even more job cuts and increased competition in the job market.

Adopt a growth mindset

So how can you prepare for the coming changes? Start by acquiring a 'growth mindset."

This is the belief that you can learn anything and the willingness to do so. If you see these changes as an opportunity to enrich your work life you will have the right attitude.

You can use technology to your advantage by taking your education into your own hands. Obtain skills that are relevant to your industry and increase your employability.

Visit the Skills Portal and view our list of Training Courses from the top training providers around the country and get started today.

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By Cindy Payle - Portal Publishing