The right skills are essential to survive in a changing digital landscape

To have a world-class skilled workforce in India, flexible skills are promoted in the workplace to stay current and relevant across all organizations. “Thus, digital transformation is underway for productivity and growth, which will lead to a continuous influx of talented professionals in all fields,” say Akshay Marwah and Mohit Marwah, Co-Founders and Co-CEOs, AAFT Online, in an exclusive interview with Bizz Buzz.

Why are creative millennials choosing to go digital to upskill themselves for career growth?

While some changes have been seen in the education model with the introduction by CBSE of an arts-integrated curriculum, the Delhi government is emphasizing the entrepreneurship curriculum and creative courses, and the change in the mindset of students and parents has resulted in a natural infusion of young people. This will help fuel creativity.

Why do IITians and PhDs choose creative fields to change careers?

For decades, conventional careers were considered the only financially viable and most respected career options. Fortunately, those days are now behind us. Today, there is a massive realization that converting passions into careers is infinitely rewarding in the long run. Professional courses are readily available in several creative fields that can be tapped into by talented students and professionals looking to leave the beaten path and move into less conventional but rewarding career choices.

Why do Gen Z digital natives struggle to find suitable courses online?

Over time, the world of digital learning becomes easier and more accessible, but finding the right program and content remains a difficult task. For this reason, online courses are followed by a verbal feedback mechanism. That’s why our ed-tech platform, AAFT Online, is investing in simplifying our curriculum and content with online educational technology to make life easier for Gen Z learners to transform the way we work. now and in the years to come.

How are entrepreneurs taking action to address the acute skills shortage by offering solutions?

In 2017, the McKinsey Global Institute estimated that automation and artificial intelligence would cause 375 million workers, or 14% of the global workforce, to change jobs or learn new skills by 2030. Candidate behavior is rapidly changing and moving to new employment amidst many job cuts. And it will take time for the new workforce to fill the void created by job changes in the industry. This is why entrepreneurs and ed-tech platforms offer courses tailored to market needs.

How is the shortage of human talent managed in India?

To accelerate training initiatives, companies are implementing company-wide training programs to bridge the gap between demand and supply of talent to serve the market. To have a world-class skilled workforce in India, flexible skills are promoted in the workplace to stay current and relevant across all organizations. Thus, digital transformation is underway for productivity and growth, which will lead to a continuous supply of talented professionals in all fields.

How does AAFT Online view the rise of the IT industry and its continued growth in the country?

The edtech market is growing at a healthy pace with large companies and startups entering this space. The growing penetration of internet and data at affordable prices makes edtech highly accessible across the vast socio-economic landscape of the country. Edtech players are paving the way for higher quality education and opening up new job opportunities for students and professionals. The industry itself is creating several new jobs like online tutors, student advisors, virtual lab instructors, and course managers. The industry is therefore destined to continue to evolve and grow in the years to come.

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