Covid-19 Pandemic has been an eye opener in many ways. Amongst many things that this crisis taught us, one was learning and accepting alternate ways of doing work, to stay relevant. Even before the pandemic, there were discussions around Artificial Intelligence (AI) automating most of the work, leaving people jobless. However, it is important to understand that non routine interaction is at the heart of human advantage over machines. While AI is most likely to automate skills, it is not likely to make people jobless.
In a workplace, we generally use three types of skills- Repetitive Skills- the skills involving manual tasks and similar processes. Quantitative Skills- the ones involving numbers, algorithms etc. Functional skills– skills involving creativity, people skills, innovation etc. While the demand for jobs involving repetitive skills, which can be performed by machines, are likely to decline; the jobs involving quantitative and functional skills will still be very much in demand (WDR, 2019).
Hence, the unskilled and the ones with low skills need to upskill or reskill themselves to continue to be a part of the workforce. A reskilling revolution, with the combined efforts of workers, organizations and governments to up-skill these at risk workers, is the need of the hour. Having this proactive approach, will ensure we are prepared for the changes, which we all can foresee.
The Skills which are currently in demand and are likely to remain so in the coming times:
Author: Dr. Bindiya Gupta, Associate Professor – Unitedworld School of Business (UWSB)
Disclaimer: The opinions / views expressed in this article are solely of the author in his / her individual capacity. They do not purport to reflect the opinions and/or views of the College and/or University or its members.
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