Reskill to survive
Reskill to survive: Software employees can opt for company-run programmes, online courses, boot camps to upgrade skills...
"A jobs crisis is looming in India’s information technology (IT) sector. Mckinsey, the international consultancy firm, has predicted in a recent report that almost half of the 3.9 million workforce in IT services firms will become irrelevant over the next three-four years. Rapidly changing technology will render the current skills of many workers obsolete, while automation has the potential to kill many routine, low-end jobs. For both young engineering graduates entering the workforce now and mid-level managers in IT firms, it has become imperative to reskill themselves in areas ..."
“Reskill to survive” by Sanjay Kumar Singh (BS, Personal Finance, March 14) gives useful tips to those who by chance or choice opted IT as a career to survive successfully in the IT sector. Online skill development or on the job reskilling has become a necessary ingredient of Human Resources Management now. It goes beyond the survival needs of employees or shop-floor requirements of industries.
In 2013, when Dr Raghuram Rajan talked about a career horizon of 10 years for professionals, we refused to take him seriously as India was still to gauge the implications of skills becoming obsolete if a person continues in the same working space for longer periods. We had in mind postmen, station masters, clerks, teachers, hotel managers and political leaders remaining wherever they were, for decades. Now, a time has come when jobs need ‘current skills’ whether one is engaged in farming or is a scientist.
The significance of on-the-job reskilling, acquiring new skills for migration to other work areas and learning more to prepare oneself for taking higher responsibilities need to be understood in the right spirit by policy makers, employers and educational institutions (from primary schools to Business Schools).
With employment situation improving with economic development, unless need-based skill development is integrated to education policy and HR practices of government and private sector organizations there will be a shortage of right people for right jobs sooner than we imagine.
M G Warrier, Mumbai