A recent Pearson Skills Outlook report themed 'Employee View' reveals that 88% of Indian workers expect to continue learning and training throughout their careers to stay relevant and attractive to employers.
The report highlights a significant shift in the workforce's attitude towards upskilling and lifelong learning. Many respondents expressed a desire to learn new languages, particularly English, to advance their careers.
Upskilling: Choosing the Right Skills
The report surveyed 4,000 people across the US, UK, India, and Brazil, finding that employer-sponsored training and university degrees were viewed as the most important career development tools.
In India, certifications from professional organizations (34%) and platforms (34%) were viewed as the top two types of education needed for career advancement. This demonstrates that employers offering certifications are more attractive to the working population.
Commitment to Constant Growth
Nearly 88% of Indian workers expect to continue learning throughout their careers to stay up-to-date with the latest skills and knowledge. Over half of the Indian respondents reported that their employers offer skilling as a benefit, with 92% taking advantage of these opportunities.
Workers across demographics expressed interest in short courses (80%), language learning programs (83%), and credentials/badges (75%), indicating that employers are likely to offer more courses as workplace benefits in the future.
Gen Z Faces Career Uncertainty
The report found that while millennials and Gen X workers displayed positive sentiments about their current career growth, 88% of Gen Z employees have had to reconsider their career paths in light of the uncertainties of the past three years. In contrast, many millennials and Gen X workers expressed optimism about their current career growth.
Despite the Gen-Z revolution, this generation is less optimistic about the job market and more likely to actively search for new job opportunities compared to Gen X and Millennial employees.
Balancing Technical and Human Skills
The success of any modern organization depends on the success of its workforce. Persistent skills gaps across industries and markets negatively impact productivity, business growth, and innovation. As technology, such as AI/ML and data science, continues to advance, the workforce must learn new technical skills and human skills to work more effectively.
The Skills Outlook Report brings to light the awareness among Indian workers regarding the need to upskill themselves and their search for trustworthy means of learning and development.
Fostering Employee Development
In response to the growing demand for continuous learning and development, companies should invest in corporate wellness programs that include educational opportunities.
Employers can help their employees stay up-to-date with the latest skills and knowledge by offering short courses, language learning programs, and credentials, boosting overall job satisfaction and retention rates.
At Power8, we provide corporate wellness programs tailored to your organization's and employees' unique needs. Our programs foster a resilient and thriving workforce by incorporating learning and development opportunities alongside physical, mental, and emotional health support.
The Power of Lifelong Learning
The Pearson Skills Outlook report underscores the evolving attitude of Indian workers towards continuous learning and development. As the workforce seeks new skills and knowledge to stay relevant and attractive to employers, companies must respond by offering a variety of educational opportunities as part of their corporate wellness programs.
By investing in their employees' professional growth, organizations can ensure their workforce is prepared to face the challenges and opportunities of the modern business landscape.