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Upskilling yourself – what does it take?

Half of us will need to re-skill in the next five years as the “double disruption” from the economic impact of the pandemic and increased automation that is changing jobs takes hold. (…) But the very technological upheaval that is changing jobs can also be the key to job creation – and help us learn new skills.

Thus, this article deposited here from October 2020 lays the foundation for the coming considerations, which have rather increased in relevance due to the multiplication of crisis symptoms.

As indicated in the previous piqd, we are in the midst of a “retraining revolution.” The employed must now continue their education on an ongoing basis – and not only in phases of (threatening) unemployment. This is not only to continue to be available to employers as a lucratively exploitable workforce, but to solve actual problems. And that in the interest of mankind – nothing below that is going on today.

So, on the one hand, to cope with the manifold crises and challenges of our time, we need curious, open-minded people who are willing to seriously address the problems. And on the other hand, it needs flexible, agile access to dynamic content such as methods. To be able to acquire the skills that are currently crucial.

But what should you master if possible?

The WEF report lists the “Top 10 Skills for 2025” – and elaborates on the great importance of problem-solving skills, self-management, working with people, and technology use or development.

Critical thinking and problem solving are high on the list of skills employers:inside believe will become more important in the next five years. These have remained unchanged since the first report in 2016.
However, new additions this year include self-management skills such as active learning, resilience, stress tolerance and flexibility.

At this point it should be noted that although the argument here is from the point of view of employers, these skills are also (and even more so) highly recommended for the self-employed, creative professionals and freelancers.

And how much of a time investment do you have to make to learn this?

Here Coursera provided statistical data on.

The platform says it only takes one to two months to acquire one of the 10 most important skills in emerging careers in people and culture, content writing, and sales and marketing.
In two to three months, learners could expand their skills in product development, data and AI. A four-month learning program could help people take on roles in the cloud and engineering.

In other words, people can acquire required new skills relatively quickly via digital learning platforms and networks. All you need is time and possibly some (few) financial resources to acquire these new opportunities.

So the foundations for self-directed learning are already in place. And there is certainly no shortage of challenges with regard to a sustainable economy, which urgently needs to be established. All that is needed now is a strategy to put the building blocks together. And pushing some intrinsic motivation socio-culturally …

Article published on piqd on May 30, 2022 as a reference to the WEF article These are the top 10 job skills of tomorrow – and how long it takes to learn them

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