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Digital skills : how to stay relevant in your job?

Published on 26 February 2019

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1989 marks a very historic moment in human history. The world wide web was created. Today we can almost do everything online. We buy our food in online stores, stream movies on smartphones and can work remotely from home with the help of video calls. 

With more and more evolving technologies it is no surprise that a recent report from the European Union shows, that by 2020 there is a shortage of almost 1 Million IT experts in the EU.

But what does this mean for the workforce and their digital skills? Technological inventions lead to changes and new challenges on the job market. Josh Bersin, founder of Bersin by Deloitte said:

The big thing for us as individuals is we have to be comfortable with continuous reinvention and continuous learning. If you’re a Java programmer and you were a hot commodity in the year 2000, you’re not a hot commodity today. So you had to learn new programming languages, you probably had to become more of a full-stack engineer, you probably need to learn a little bit about AI. If you’re a designer and you haven’t learned about modern design and video, you’ve fallen behind.

In order to stay relevant for the job, people have to adapt their digital skills to new technologies all the time. Not long ago we had to learn to write emails. Today we are predicting customer behavior by analysing terabytes of data and robotics are collecting items in warehouses.

People are more and more ready to invest in their personal development and digital skills as the return on investment is clearer than ever before: the more time I invest in my personal development, the more secure will be my future career.

So how about you? Do you want to invest in your future?