Article (August-2017)


Automation also brings opportunities for skills up-dation

Niharika Jalan

Designation : -   Head Training

Organization : -  Kestone IMS Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi


1. Is there a greater need than ever to stay updated, up-skill, re-skill and remain employable?
Ans. Today all organizations operate in a dynamic business environment where the nature of work keeps on changing. To keep employees up to date in terms of their skill set is not only the responsibility of an employer but an employee is required to take equal efforts. With influx of new technologies and different platforms, niche skills will increasingly be required. Employees now understand that an upward move in hierarchy will not suffice. They need to continuously up-skill themselves to make the most of the opportunities.
Additionally, up-skilling is not just limited to IT sector; the new wave of technology has been witnessed in every sector. To keep oneself employable in the wake of cut throat competition and to ensure adaptability and effectiveness in uncertain times, re-skilling is the key.
2. Has the current surge of job cuts made up-skilling more crucial?
Yes definitely. The current scenario demands highly skilled professionals who understand the technology and are able to adapt with the changes at a faster pace. At present there is a mismatch between our educational syllabi and market requirements. This has led our workers to not industry ready, making them less attractive for employers in the long run. Hence, re-skilling is imperative to bridge this gap.
With more and more functions gradually being automated or replaced by evolving technologies, technical competence is must for employees to show their worth. This issue is largely being seen at managerial level. If managers do not update themselves with the latest skills that are in demand, they can hamper their as well as their organization's performance in turn getting a pink slip.
3. Since, a greater need to stay employable has emerged from the way technology is taking over the businesses - AI, robotics, digital, is it right to say that technology is the curse that is pushing the workforce to stay updated? Or, is technology actually a boon, which is aiding up-skilling of employees?
Technology has become an integral part of our day to day life. From using landline to smart phones or from typewriters to computers, in every phase we have upgraded our skills and will continue to do so. It is the fact that automation is considered as a threat to job market but while it replaces some jobs it is also creating opportunities for employees to enhance their skills. The emerging technologies are redefining our jobs and potential.
Boon and curse are two sides of the same coin, when it comes to automation. However, as far as the larger impact is considered, it will have a positive impact, making our employees more innovative and equipped with ever changing technologies.