Today I want to talk about how you can get the skills you need to have a job in the future. We’ll talk about CPD accredited courses and a report from the World Economic Forum that literally spells out the jobs of the future so you have some guidance as to which direction you want to go in.
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What is CPD?
So, what is CPD? Here’s a bit of info directly from the CPD website:
CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and is the term used to describe the learning activities professionals engage in to develop and enhance their abilities. It enables learning to become conscious and proactive, rather than passive and reactive.
CPD combines different methodologies to learning, such as training workshops, conferences and events, e-learning programs, best practice techniques and ideas sharing, all focused for an individual to improve and have effective professional development. There are over 1000 institutes & professional bodies across the UK, a number that is forecast to increase.
Accompanied by such growth is the acceptance that academic qualifications must offer more vocational and skills-based or ‘practical’ learning. A structured, practical and methodical approach to learning helps employers across industries to keep key staff and develop the skills & knowledge in their organisations to maintain a sustainable and competitive advantage.
Engaging in Continuing Professional Development ensures that both academic and practical qualifications do not become out-dated or obsolete; allowing individuals to continually ‘up skill’ or ‘re-skill’ themselves, regardless of occupation, age or educational level.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution
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The article touched on what is called the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’, arguing that it is in full swing and it’s not slowing down. Here is an excerpt from the article:
‘4IR’ as it’s also known is the term for the way disruptive technologies are radically changing our lives. It’s the merging of our biological, physical, digital and technological worlds. Artificial intelligence (AI), Robotics, The Internet Of Things (IOT) and Virtual Reality (VR) are fast becoming an essential part of our social and economic lives.
The World Economic Forum Future Of Jobs (2018) found that technology adoption features highly in the growth strategy of companies. But the skills gap features heavily as a barrier.
The following are considered by (2018) and The WEF Future Of Jobs (2018) to be amongst jobs with the largest hiring growth.
👉Data Analysts and Scientists,
👉Software and Applications Developers
👉Social Media Specialists
Essentially they are roles that significantly involve technology. Yet the skills required to perform these jobs are also identified as ‘skills amongst the skills gaps’ by Linkedin.
SO how do you move forwards? You need to make sure you are upskilling. A couple of weeks ago, we talked about why learning online is an excellent way to upskill in order to return to work, change careers or start a business. If you missed that one, make sure you go back and watch it.
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