New year job hunt challenge as need for digital skills rises

Published 09 January 2020

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: manufacturing, iot, jobs, tech

With nearly a quarter of Brits reportedly considering a change of job or position in 2020, there’s a big stumbling block in their path: digitisation.

In verticals such as manufacturing, the rapid adoption of IoT technologies and robotics means that companies are now seeking digital competencies from prospective candidates.

The Knowledge Academy surveyed 562 UK employees that are looking to change their job this year that are having to face up to 69% of roles in manufacturing now needing digital skills.

The other stumbling blocks stated by respondents include: ‘Not knowing where to start’ (67%), ‘feeling too lazy/tired’ (64%), ‘fear of failing’ (59%), ‘believing learning resources/courses will be too expensive’ (51%), ‘believing relevant learning resources/courses will be too hard to find’ (45%) and ‘feeling too old to learn new skills/digital skills’ (23%).

“It’s that time of the year where individuals are contemplating their careers and wondering if their job is giving them enough fulfilment,” said Joseph Scott, a spokesperson from the TheKnowledgeAcademy.com
“Given that most industries have now been revolutionised by technology, companies need employees who can comfortably use different digital tools, programmes and software to drive business performance as well as achieve set objectives. Those entering the job market need to be aware of this, as this research clearly shows that certain industries are more demanding of particular digital skills than others”.


The Knowledge Academy’s top three tips for individuals wanting to learn/improve their digital competencies in 2020:

Assess the Job Market
Look at the required digital skills on the job specification of the roles you are interested in and then list them – this provides a focused approach towards what you should be aiming to learn.

Resources for Desired Digital Skills
Search for courses/podcasts/videos/websites/books which provide detailed and concise information/guidance/learning materials/interactive exercises on desired digital skills.

Schedule Time for Revision/Practice
Once you have identified key learning resources, schedule time for revision/practice – don’t be too ambitious with hours and try choosing days where you are more likely to be relaxed (i.e. weekends).

 

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