'Data Analytics Jobs Face Shortage Of Skilled Talent'
Imarticus, an ed-tech firm have introduced online/ offline pro-degree courses where aspirants will gain an in-depth understanding of four key FinTech domains - Block Chain, Robotics, Machine Learning and Advanced Analytics
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Imarticus, an ed-tech firm have introduced online/ offline pro-degree courses where aspirants will gain an in-depth understanding of four key FinTech domains - Block Chain, Robotics, Machine Learning and Advanced Analytics. The program also offers a primer on the Financial Sector and Design Thinking.
Nikhil Barshikar, Managing Director, Imarticus Learning talks about new age learning, removing the skill gap and developments in the ed-tech space.
To stay relevant in the internet age, there is an increased focus on continuous re-skilling. What are your views on this?
For the workforce today, simply keeping up with technology is no longer enough. One must master these technologies by gaining knowledge and skills relevant to the industries they are working in. The opportunities for both the current as well as future workforce will be massive, granted that they are rightly equipped with the skills to take on emerging job roles in these domains.
Approximately 1 lakh jobs are expected to be created in India by the end of 2018 within the data science and analytics domains, but the shortage of skilled talent may prove to be a hindrance to effectively meeting this demand. Hence, upskilling and reskilling will be imperative for the country’s workforce to ensure their relevance and job security in a changing technological environment.
How can technology help bridge the skill gap in the employees?
Organisations could invest in education technology like enterprise-wide learning management systems (LMS), provide access to MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) and content for their employees to help them gain new skills. With MOOCs, employees can access multiple online courses and a huge amount of content, making it easier for them to learn anytime and anywhere.
Furthermore, organisations can collaborate with professional skilling platforms to train employees across all levels in new skills pertaining to their respective job roles. This way, employees will not only be equipped with industry-relevant skills, but also ensure better job security for themselves and better career growth opportunities.
How e-learning is getting its sheen back?
E-learning makes the entire process of learning more interactive and collaborative, with a combination of the best elements of classroom pedagogy and online tools to enable anytime learning. E-learning has always been capable of overcoming the limitations of our traditional education systems, but it has not been leveraged adequately by traditional educational institutions. New-age technology-driven edtech software and programs are easily scalable to accommodate a large number of subjects, learners, and vast amount of content. This is one of the main reasons why higher educational institutions in the country must invest in the digitisation of professional and skill-based courses.
How AI is being used in the system?
AI-powered tools and software are helping make learning more adaptive. AI-driven tools are capable of analysing each learner’s individual strengths and weaknesses, based on which the learning system offers them the right content to help make topics or concepts more easily understandable for them. The online learning experience is made even more engaging for students through gamification of learning modules, which incentivises each stage of various learning modules, keeping learners engaged and driving better performance with each level.
What are the new developments taking place in the industry?
Micro-learning modules, which cater specifically to the content consumption habits of young digital consumers – are increasingly gaining traction in the ed-tech space. In addition, mobile is the preferred channel among young students and professionals to consume online learning courses. This is because it allows them the flexibility to access content anytime and anywhere through easy-to-use app interfaces. Over and above this, personalisation remains a top trend among ed-tech firms offering their online learning platforms since it helps drive maximum user engagement, and deliver specially curated content to learners on a variety of subjects and topics.