Skills & IT – The Future
It is now commonly accepted that society, economy, businesses and employees are facing a great challenge. Changes in financial elements, technology and production, change the facts at a rapid rate and unpredictable developments. While these changes and developments for some countries are a driving force, in others, including Greece, may be a stifling ring.
What are the conditions that differentiate the situation between the different countries?
The causes that make up the conditions, as it is logical to think, are quite complex. But it is now clear that the human factor plays a very important role in setting up the scene. Every country’s society, in order to be able to meet the demands of an increasingly extrovert, technologically advanced and dynamic economy, should have the right weapons: the Appropriate Skills.
Can Greece, and other countries with similar conditions, respond to the pressures of an international economical competition?
If the appropriate changes are not made, there will certainly be a lot of difficulties. Dynamic lifelong learning, new technologies and automation have already begun to become an important part of the world’s professional and economic reality. With the majority of jobs, that are going t be in demand in the coming decades, not yet created, the acquisition of technology and not just skills is imperative.
The situation in Greece.
In the years of the crisis in Greece, the gap between the Greeks and the other European employees, in terms of acquiring skills, grew even more. The acquisition of skills does not seem to improve, ranking our country in the last positions of the countries with specialized personnel. The inadequate education system and the poor business environment make it difficult to develop human resources and create a critical amount of knowledge and skills.
After years of effort, change and adaptation, education continues to remain one of the greatest challenges for the country’s future. The trend towards digitization of the economy, requires that the skills and wage gap must be reduced.
In sectors of great importance for the development of digital skills and thus an advantage in the working environment, such as those in the physical sciences, mathematics and grammar and textual understanding, Greece has lower rates today compared to the past. There is a drop in the learning level, which is quite odd. A very aggravating factor is also that the trained human workforce is leaving abroad (brain drain). While the demand for people with programming, automation and computing skills is steadily increasing, it is very difficult to find the right worker who has all the qualifications for the job.
These changes, as normal, will also leave the industry sector unchanged. The workforce is required to work closely with “cobotics“, which requires high skills and expertise.
Big Data’s analysis and management, website and application creation, as well as security, are some of the specialties that will be very demanding in close future. But how prepared are we to adapt to this future?
Along with all the changes and differentiations we must face, we are also called upon to modify the way we think and analyze the stimuli we receive.