“Up to 35pc of Britain’s jobs will be eliminated by new computing and robotics technology over the next 20 years, say experts,” reports The Telegraph, a United Kingdom newspaper. The statistics are from the United Kingdom, but Don Tapscott, a North American business executive specializing in the role of technology in business and society predicts that the already quickened pace of technology will accelerate, and jobs will be lost to robotics and big data. The statistics are staggering, but there are steps you can take, such as up-skilling, to remain relevant in the workplace. Up-skilling doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg, so if you are thinking of updating your skills, these websites will help.
Things You Need to Know before Up-Skilling
Tasks that are at risk to robotics include:
Activities to Perform before Up-Skilling
● Read up on trends that are shaping the industry in which you work.
● What are the experts saying?
● How is technology impacting your industry?
● What skills gaps do you identify in yourself?
● What courses do you need to take to make you more valuable to yourself and your employer?
Resources for Up-Skilling
edX: This free site currently has over 300 courses on a variety of topics. You will learn new skills that you can apply to your industry.
Coursera: This website offers nearly 900 courses from a variety of disciplines and areas of specialization. For instance, the Business Tools for Career Readiness course, which costs US $196. There are also many courses that are offered for free.
Udacity: This is the place to go when you want to develop technical skills. You will learn hands-on skills that can take your career to the next level. The courses are not free, and are meant for serious learners.
MIT Open Courseware: These courses are actually developed and taught at MIT and offered for free on the website.
Future Learn: This website offers several free courses from a variety of disciplines. Future Learn partners with 40 leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. Some of the courses are in response to big issues that society is grappling with such as climate change, food crisis, energy crisis and more.
OpenCulture: Provides links to over 1100 courses offered at top universities in the world.
Khan Academy: Another free resource that has over 100,000 interactive exercises. You can up-skill in math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics and more.
Alison: This online learning platform offers free courses from recognized names such as Microsoft, Macmillan and Google. Alison offers 600 courses with over four million users worldwide.
Saylor: This site offers free courses, and it partners with accredited colleges and universities to offer affordable credentials.
There are many courses available for free, but not all of them are created equally. Watch a lecture or two to decide if the course is right for you. The dropout rate for many of these course are very high, so to set yourself up for success, schedule time to participate in courses. To get the most from your time investment, take notes while taking a course, and pay special attention to information that you can immediately apply. To cement what you learn into your long-term memory, teach the new information to a colleague.
Technology may be eliminating jobs at a staggering pace, but if you are proactive, taking control of your career by up-skilling, there is no reason why you should be a casualty.