Wednesday, 8 June 2022

Skills required for jobs in 21st century


21st century has been a century of extraordinary growth and increasing opportunities for development. Work habits in this century are changing a lot and are driven by innovative technologies. In order to survive, workers need a new and different set of skills more than ever to compete in this growing environment. During past centuries, foundation skills like literacy and numeracy were all that worked for people but now the scenarios are changing drastically. This ever-growing and changing world brings new challenge for the working class. Every year it seems like there's some new technology or skill Study and innovation in this century has brought influx of new technology and skill that it feels difficult to catch up and master them. Countries around the world run their economy on creativity, innovation and collaboration. Recent change in labor market brought a shortage of skill and around one-third of global companies faced difficulties in filling key positions in another survey across the 24 countries included in the programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), an average of 16% of adults had a low proficiency in literary and an average of 19% had a low proficiency in numeracy Only an average of 6% of adults demonstrated the highest level of proficiency in "problem solving in technology-rich environments" covers a broad set of skills and abilities Over these years various researches and  studies are done in order to prepare workforce for what's to come.

21st century is a century of extraordinary growth and can cover a lot of ground. There are a lot of skills to focus upon. All these skills are worth developing but one cannot focus on all of them and we need to narrow our focus on most important ones as we are aware of the fact that efficiency should be taken care off. Apart from some basic skills, the technology is going to bring change every once in a while, we cannot rely on the same set of skills. The most important need of the time is flexibility and employees must be open to learn. Unlike the traditional skills, soft skills which are need of the century that are not easy to describe and measured. The traditional way of learning is outdated and hence, replaced by creative and transformative way of learning. We need to focus on all around development of an individual as a particular set of skills are never enough for one to thrive. The set of skills which are necessary in this century include creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, information and communication literacy, leadership, productivity, global and cultural awareness and flexibility.

 Why do we need all the above-mentioned skills?

In this century, most of the jobs require their employees to think out of the box, in a critical and unorthodox manner, develop solutions to the problems and apply it. No work can be done on our own as we all need some help or material from others because none of us is self-sufficient which makes collaboration and team work as an important set of skills. Communication is required in every facet of life; one cannot succeed and grow with lack of proper communication. Facts, figures and statistical data are a new way to understand society and interpret it accordingly. We need to match our steps with information and communication technology in order to survive the changes and development in the work technologies. Global and cultural awareness helps us to understand the environment and workspace around us in a better way which in turn helps us in optimum utilization of resources. Flexibility and productivity are the most important of all the above skills in order to compete and thrive against rivals and rapid changes and development in workspace.

We are now familiar with the basic skills required for jobs in 21st century and in this situation of pandemic, there is more than ever need of digitalization and we need to adapt ourselves to new technologies. It is not possible to do jobs efficiently without the presence of all the new set of skills which are technology driven. According to an ILO report, this pandemic has provided us new innovative solutions towards skill development but has also increased the preexisting social divide as marginalized sections of society were not equipped with proper technologies.  Are we ready for this new working environment of rapidly changing world economy? There's no problem if the answer is that we need to pull up our socks and learn a few more skills. We can refine all these skills by formal education or by some employer focused schemes or simple focused repetition in life. We may come across many difficulties in this century of ever-growing competition but environment is best to thrive and achieve excellence. 

Scope of Socio-emotional learning in India


The goal of training isn’t restricted to imparting data to kids, but instead, to create basic

abilities that empower character development, and furnish them with the assets to tackle

issues what’s more, manage their life helpfully. “Socio-Emotional Learning (SEL) is the

cycle through which kids and grown-ups comprehend and deal with feelings, put forth and

accomplish uplifting objectives, feel also, show compassion for other people, lay out and

keep up with positive connections, and make capable decisions”. SEL is a term that can be

perceived through a wide range of viewpoints and focal points, be that as it may, anyway,

its significance for teenagers can’t be denied. A brief look at this large number of definitions

can be viewed as inside the “Investigate SEL” dashboard, which has recorded more than 40

structures utilized across the globe to quantify and advance SEL abilities.

The heap systems and clashing depictions of comparative wording and abilities can make

exploring the universe of social-profound advancing incredibly tedious and convoluted.

The most broadly utilized structures incorporate the CASEL Framework. (that recognizes 5

center abilities for the kid counting mindfulness, self-administration, social mindfulness,

relationship abilities and dependable navigation), OECD Framework for the Study on Social

and Emotional Skills, the abilities in this system are organized progressively, with six wide

expertise classes and the structure incorporates “compound” abilities that address blends

of at least two individual abilities. Social and profound capabilities don’t simply raise

scholarly accomplishment and instructive achievement, however have likewise major areas

of strength for exhibited with individual fulfillment and development, citizenship, and

diminished unsafe ways of behaving like savagery and medication use. Analysts have led a

wide expansiveness of concentrates on the effect of experience growing up misfortune,

which they characterize as not just awful encounters yet additionally ongoing stressors

that affect the kid. The unwavering pressure brought about by outrageous neediness,

disregard, or mishandle can debilitate the engineering of the creating mind, with long haul

ramifications for learning, conduct, and both physical also, mental health.

As of late, the requirement for SEL has just been exacerbated by the pandemic,

“Coronavirus pandemic in India and lockdown has affected 247 million youngsters signed

up for rudimentary and auxiliary instruction, other than 28 million kids who were going

through pre-school training in Anganwadi Centers”. Despite the fact that the public

authority of India has taken drives to proceed with training for youngsters through

different e-stages, “around just a fourth of families (24 for each cent) in India approach the

web and there is an enormous provincial metropolitan and orientation partition”.

The pandemic facetedly affects youngsters, with rising worries of kid insurance,

‘CHILDLINE’, a help of the Ministry of Women and Child Development had gotten 460,000

calls in 21 days from March 20 to April 10, a 50 percent expansion from their ordinary call

volumes. Also, the Health and Wellness Curriculum for school going adolescents (sent off in

February 2020, under the Ayushman Bharat conspire) has been created on the reason that

tending to prosperity comprehensively is basic for the well-adjusted development of a

juvenile to a sound grown-up.

Accordingly, large numbers of the state government and their projects are upheld by

associations that accept in the significance of SEL and its job in the improvement of a sound

juvenile into a solid grown-up. Despite the fact that a ton of endeavors are being placed into

driving force around strategy changes and outlook shift of the framework and different

partners, through our commitment in the space, we recognized that the socio-close to

home learning space in India is as yet loaded with many difficulties:

There is an absence of predictable comprehension of SEL in the Indian setting. Systems for

SEL are generally drawn from worldwide setting and miss the mark on vital switches to

contextualize SEL to different conditions inside India. There is a lack of dependable and

pertinent instruments for surveying SEL, making it troublesome to produce convincing

proof on-the-ground.

Moreover, while ventures are being made in the foundational execution of SEL across select

states, the ongoing work on SEL is executed in storehouses, with adequately not

components to unite the different players and to channelize designated financing to SEL.

There, first and foremost, is a need to incorporate India explicit proof for SEL that

considers the specific circumstance what’s more, necessities of the kids in India, this proof

could assist drive backing with the public authority, the associations and the contributors

that are hoping to venture into SEL. Besides, a consultative move toward should be

embraced to switch the NEP vision over completely to the real world. Thirdly, the

associations making progress toward SEL in the nation might have to meet up to execute

and gain from each other.

Written By:-

Sakshi Saini

Content Writer 

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Skills required for jobs in 21st century

                   21st century has been a century of extraordinary growth and increasing opportunities for development. Work habits in this...