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Need for learning directly from the Professionals that students aspire to be

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Nanditha Ravindar

Oct 17, 2019

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Lack of Employability

Recent reports tell us that more and more people are getting educated these days, giving rise to an increase in enrollment rates, especially in India. It is becoming common for people to pursue further studies even after they finish an undergraduate degree. On the flip side, however, not all of those who graduate land a job.

Companies state that a lot of such students do not get hired because they are not employable, despite their institutional education.

So where does the problem lie? And in such a case, how do we close the gap between those who are educated and those who are employable?

Research suggests that by 2025, we would have lost about five million jobs due to automation alone. While that number is frightening, there are lots of jobs that require skills that only humans will be able to bring to the table. These include creativity, people skills and critical thinking, all of which can only be honed while working on the ground.

Thus, the best way to learn would be to gain knowledge through experience either through hands-on exposure to work that one aspires to do in the future, or by training and learning from the people who are already in the field that one would like to enter.

Learning vs Education: What should we focus on?

The current job market has been rapidly changing in the past few years, as a result of which, industries and companies are particular about the skills that they look for in prospective employees to join their work-spaces.

Unfortunately, the current mainstream education system does not focus on equipping the students with such skills, be it skills such as:

  • Creativity
  • Communication
  • Empathy
  • Analytical thinking
  • Adaptability
  • Attention to details

Given the current skill sets required to thrive in the job market and the skills that would be in demand in the future as well, learning would be more beneficial compared to merely getting an education. While a lot of people use the words learning and education interchangeably, they mean different things.

Learning refers to knowledge gained through experience and is an active, intrinsic process that is propelled by curiosity .

As American business executive Seth Godin stated, “Doctors, athletes, programmers and leaders who choose to make a ruckus understand that continuous learning is at the heart of what they’ll need to do.”

Education, on the other hand, is knowledge gained through teaching and thus largely tends to be a passive, extrinsic process stifled or limited by a prescribed curriculum. It is for this reason that a lot is written about lifelong learning, as opposed to lifelong education. In order to stay relevant and updated, an individual needs to be enthusiastic and curious, always up for learning new things without ever becoming complacent.

Learning from Professionals

A report by Mitchell Institute (July 2018) evidences the fact that it is crucial for educational institutes and industries to collaborate together, thereby enabling students to get a better understanding of the world of work before they finish school. That way, instead of focusing on rote learning and later feeling helpless on their first day at work, students would know what a workplace in their area of interest demands, what skills they should focus on acquiring and how to equip themselves better to thrive in any area that they choose to work in.

Given all this, it is safe to conclusively state that it is now vital to have courses and programs that provide an opportunity for people to learn directly from the professionals that they aspire to be. It is with this in mind that Beyond 8’s Tathastu - 2 hour expert led courses are structured.

Some of the top jobs that would be in demand a few years down the line do not currently have any courses or educational programs that would enable people to be well-equipped and perform those jobs well in the future.

21 Marketing jobs of the future:

A whitepaper by Cognizant that was released in April this year mentions a list of marketing jobs that we are likely to see in the next ten years, most of which are jobs we haven’t even heard of till now.

  • Mood and Empathy Manager
  • Haptic Planner
  • Data Ethnographer
  • Machine Personality Designer
  • Sixth Sense Analyst
  • Neuro A/B Tester
  • Master Story Teller
  • Personal Feedback & Appraisal Engineer
  • Object Persuasion Manager
  • In-world Marketing Architect
  • Machine & People Ethics Manager
  • Subscription Strategist
  • Simulation Assistant
  • Micro-interaction Marketing Specialist
  • Customer Wellbeing Specialist
  • Interbrand Marketer
  • Algorithm Bias Auditor
  • Purpose Planner
  • Science Liaison/Biomarketing Specialist
  • Head of Bot Creative
  • Loyalty Engineer

On the other hand, a lot of job profiles today such as content writing, proofreading, researching, etc. require skills that are hard to concentrate into a traditional subject in order to be taught to students in a classroom. In both cases, the solution would be to learn directly from experts or professionals who work in such industries, as the experts would constantly update themselves as their jobs require it. This in turn would enable learners to gain a realistic understanding of the job market as opposed to having outdated knowledge as a result of traditional curricula which do not get updated often.

While hacks and support courses promise getting into college/to job interviews, the art of staying and thriving in a particular profession is left to chance. Individuals are left to learn these valuable and fundamental skills by themselves.

The Beyond 8 Tathastu - 2 hour sessions are designed to help participants gain insights into what makes people thrive in their professions. Consequently, we hope that the participants will make better academic, and subsequently, career decisions more suited to their own interests and skills as a result of attending these sessions.

Thus, our Tathastu sessions are filled with foresight and are put together in order to ensure that the learners who undergo such programs are then able to flourish in their area of work, armed with the necessary subject knowledge as well as the skills required to perform at their best.

Further Reading

https://exlskills.com/decentralized-education/

https://www.wired.com/2013/01/find-learn-from-experts/

https://www.ideaedu.org/Resources-Events/Teaching-Learning-Resources/Developing-specific-skills-competencies-and-points-of-view-needed-by-professionals-in-the-field-most-closely-related-to-this-course

http://theconversation.com/why-school-kids-need-more-exposure-to-the-world-of-work-100590

https://learningforward.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/professional-development-matters.pdf

https://www.indiatimes.com/news/india/almost-all-kids-in-india-are-going-to-school-now-enrolment-is-all-time-high-at-97-2-per-cent-360780.html

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