NASSCOM FutureSkills: Blog
  • Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow - Anthony J D’Angelo

    Well…while growing from student to employee is a long journey. The journey may not be the same for every individual and every generation. Our way of imparting education and learning also have changed dramatically so much in last 3 decades, with advent of computers, Internet and its access in acquiring of knowledge and information on any topic through various sources have started disrupting our classroom learning experience.

    Today acquiring of knowledge & information about anything is possible through internet its access from one place to anyplace, from one time to anytime and anywhere, from one computer to multiple computers to tablets and mobile devices. It had started disrupting various businesses models and impact on economic outcomes and it going to impact education & learning in a huge way going forward. It is only going to increase its penetration and disrupt very age old ways of educating and learning.

    We at NASSCOM have been in several meetings with engineering college graduates, passed out graduate students undergoing trainings in private Institutes, IT Employees, L&D professionals, HR professionals talking about the need of enormous power of formalised informal learning and continuous learning platform.

    As we walk through out academic colleges, training institutions, & enterprise’s learning frameworks and talk with people about the need to expand their concept of learning, we received many positive interesting inputs and feedback on their experiences of learning and need for aggregator online learning platform.

    Future employees would no longer want to wait for the university to offer the right courses. While some autonomous institutes have started new subjects on new technologies, but they lack on relevant content, lab environment to develop the required skills on these technologies. They want to be able to get information online when they need it, at any place any time. They are keen in learning online about new technologies, while very few do register for such courses, most of them are not sure which course to register for on online. Top space where institutions are lacking are in – academic infrastructure, guidance, industry and practical exposure, foundation knowledge on new technologies, proper assessment certification, etc.

    Challenges:

    Opportunities:

    As we move to understand our next set of audience, the passed out graduates who need jobs and their struggle to up-skill or become employable to the industry needs, every research report highlights on the employability quotient especially lack of their domain skills and softs skills relevant to industry needs. This is where the role of private training institutes becomes critical as suppliers of trained talent pool to the requirements of IT companies and Hyderabad is a thriving market for such institutions who also supporting reskilling of existing IT employees on the latest technologies. While most of them do register for online courses vast majority fail to complete those course do to varied reasons.

    We had an opportunity of interacting with both passed out graduates as well as IT employees who are currently pursuing traditional or basic programing course on C, C++, .net, java to high end courses like Data science, AI, ML, etc. to understand their preparedness on learning these new technology courses either online or offline and the following are some insights of our research on their informal & continuous learning needs.

    Challenges:

    Opportunities:

    Existing employees, new hires, and management trainees, though have access to learning through LMS or through online MOOCS courses and reference materials, lack information published online on day to day basis in form of research papers, used cases, virtual labs, assessments etc. for constant reskilling & up-skilling to stay relevant in ever changing business needs. Existing employees experience ranging from 4 month to 16 years are part of this research and our learnings are highlighted below.

    Challenges:

    Opportunities:

    The business environment in the last 5-10 years has changed dramatically. According to Gartner report.

    87% of business leaders, digitization is a top priority. These changes have led to three important demands for learning: Learning must be available “on-demand,” it must be “job-relevant,” and it must be “constantly changing.” These new drivers are making the existing ways of learning in corporate or university models impossible to maintain pace with constantly changing Industry needs

    Today’s growing economy needs a constant supply of skilled manpower relevant to companies. But our emphasis on degree rather than a skill is stumbling block in the way of economic growth. On one hand India has a large number of educated and unemployed graduates, on the other hand Industry is desperately short of skilled professionals. In the wake of the changing economic environment it is necessary to focus on inculcating and advancing the skill sets, especially Digital Technology skills to the young population of the country.

    To address the above challenges there are online learning experience platforms - it exists because the paradigm of the learning management system is getting out dated. People no longer search for courses the way they used to we need a way to train and learn “in the flow of work” or learning in the flow.

      What this means is that LXP system has a set of key capabilities.

    • They accommodate any form of content, including articles, podcasts, blogs, micro learning, videos, and courses
    • They present content in “Netflix-like” interface, with recommendations, panels, mobile interfaces, and ML driven recommendations
    • They are social, and they include social profiles which connect content to people to create authority
    • They have paths or learning track or trails so you can follow content to logical learning outcome
    • They have some form of assessment and often badging or certification.
    • They make it easy to publish your own content as an individual.
    • They are mobile, fun to use, fast and easy to traverse and have great search and embedded learning features.

    As we understand from above insights through various stakeholders the beginning of a new wave of learning experience is only going to increase and as you search for your next learning platform make sure you look around for the options which are clearly expanding. Futureskills portal is one such experience which will help the Indian IT-ITeS industry in reskilling/upskilling. Futureskills phase 2 will also be available to students in near future.

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