Five technology based skills that will make students future-ready

Five technology based skills that will make students future-ready

By embracing a growth mindset and a willingness to learn, students can unleash their full potential and be more resilient in the face of change, writes Divya Gokulnath

TNN | Posted September 14, 2023 04:35 PM

We live in times of change, new innovations, and constantly evolving technologies. Today, new-age tech such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), cloud computing, blockchain, and the Internet of Things (IoT) have become a part of our daily lexicon, with their applications defining our daily lives. The proliferation of these technologies has revolutionised almost every industry. To thrive in this rapidly evolving landscape, students need to equip themselves with several critical skills. By embracing a growth mindset and a willingness to learn, students can unleash their full potential and be more resilient in the face of change. Let us take a closer look at some of these skills and why they are essential for success in the 21st century. 

Critical thinking and problem-solving   
A study by the World Economic Forum found that critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving were among the top 10 skills that would be most in demand in the workforce by 2025, and their importance will continue to grow in the coming decades. The importance of cultivating critical thinking and problem-solving skills in school cannot be overstated, as they are highly valued in the job market and necessary for success in any field. By cultivating critical thinking and problem-solving abilities, students can become adaptable, resilient, and innovative thinkers, capable of tackling any problem that comes their way

Digital literacy  
With the ever-growing presence of technology in our daily lives, digital literacy is no longer just a nice-to-have, but a must-have. According to another WEF report titled 'The Future of Jobs', over 97 million new roles may emerge that are more adapted to the new division of labour between humans, machines, and algorithms. The report suggests that workers with strong digital skills will be in high demand in this rapidly changing job market. By developing digital literacy skills, students can better prepare themselves for the digital workplace, as well as become informed and engaged digital citizens. A key component of being future-ready, digital literacy empowers individuals to engage with and succeed in our increasingly digital world.  

Creativity and innovation   
By nurturing creativity and innovation in school, students can learn to think outside the box, develop new ideas, and approach challenges in exciting new ways. This skillset is particularly valuable in today's job market, where employers are increasingly seeking minds that can bring fresh perspectives and ideas to the table. Interactive and visual learning, as well as co-creation, can help develop creativity and innovation, enabling students to think creatively, express themselves, and generate innovative ideas that can help solve problems and create value.  
Communication skills   

Communication skills are increasingly important in today's globalised world, where individuals must navigate diverse cultures and world views. By mastering communication in school, students can prepare themselves for the complex and ever-changing world of work. 

Adaptability and flexibility   
The ability to adapt to new situations, learn new skills, and pivot when necessary are critical to success in any field. By developing adaptability and flexibility, students can learn to embrace change, take on new challenges, and remain resilient in the face of adversity. These skills are particularly valuable in today's unpredictable job market, where professionals must be able to navigate shifting economic and technological landscapes.  

In an ever-evolving world, it is essential to provide students with a learning environment that encourages self-directed learning and cultivates skills that prepare them for the future. By developing the five skills mentioned above - critical thinking, digital literacy, creativity, communication and adaptability - Indian students can not only excel in their present academic pursuits but also be better equipped to face the challenges of tomorrow. At BYJU'S, we strive to empower students with the tools and resources they need to succeed in a rapidly changing world, so they can confidently navigate their way towards a brighter future. 

(The author is co-founder, BYJU’S) 

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