The workforce of tomorrow needs talents who are knowledgeable in all things technology
WE are entering a digital era.
The world’s most valuable companies are no longer banks or energy companies, but technology companies.
Accenture chief executive officer (CEO) Pierre Nanterme noted that “digital is the main reason just over half of the companies in the Fortune 500 have disappeared since the year 2000”.
With so much emphasis on digital, it’s clear that today’s graduates not only need the hard and soft skills that universities have tried to develop, but a newer and much-needed repertoire of digital skills.
Indeed, the adoption of online learning by many universities also represents a timely opportunity for students to build their digital skillset.
There are five key digital skills that today’s graduates need in order to be digitally proficient:
> Distributed teams and collaboration
With Covid-19, many of us experienced, for the first time, working from home over a sustained period.
However, the reality is that many digital-ready organisations already expect their employees to be productive and work collaboratively as part of a virtual and even global team, regardless of their physical location.
This trend will only continue. Collaboration technology has advanced to the stage where face-to-face interaction is nice, but not essential.
Today’s graduates must be able to work effectively as part of a team, whether that team operates physically, virtually or both.
They will need to manage their time, work independently, remain disciplined and know how to get the best out of meetings.
> Data science
The most successful companies are increasingly data driven.
Netflix systematically analyses data on the viewing habits of its 130 million subscribers, everything from what they search for and the shows they watch, in order to provide a highly personalised experience that is ultimately designed to engage and retain customers.
It also uses data to drive multi- million-dollar investment decisions