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will i be fit for the digital world?

Approximately half of all jobs will change in the coming years due to digitalisation. Some professions will even disappear entirely. Most jobs will have to be relearned on the digital level. These radical changes are described in our book Laterales Management: "Relearning occupations, further learning to supplement existing skills and especially the involvement of university education programs will become the norm. Companies will provide options for their employees in order to obtain further qualifications for future work."

A working group has been established in Germany which has been producing recommendations for the digital qualification campaign. It grew out of the platform Industrie 4.0, an amalgamation of 150 organisations in the spheres of politics, unions, associations, business and science. Their advice waspublished in the education summit for digitalisation in Saarbrücken on 16 and 17 November 2016:

  1. Analysing technological changes

  2. Organising company training

  3. Organising further training in a flexible way

  4. Supporting learning at the place of work

The key element in these recommendations is the digital competences published by Siemens already in 2015 with an emphasis on self-directed learning and media skills.

Old wine in new bottles

But all this is old wine in new bottles This widely publicised education summit described education concepts of the 20th century. It's basic idea was that the state and private enterprise organise digital qualification for employees.

But what does self-directed learning really mean? It becomes the responsibility of people themselves to invest more self-direction, which means time and money, in their own skills. Educational researchers are unanimous in their belief that there is no way of achieving higher returns on personal investment than investment in training. Successful personalities in the industrial revolutions who achieved wealth and success always profited from improved education and further training.

At this point everyone may ask themselves whether they are investing enough time and money in digital training, seminars, reading, internet research, workshops, new skills and other ways of learning. We have now come to the stage where people work on their own fitness and optimise their own diets. However, less attention is given to the fact that the brain too – like a muscle – needs continual training.

Digitalisation means that the individual develops intellectually in order to be in a position to achieve income in the world of work. Digitalisation itself provides opportunities for this. And everyone can make use of them. Personal development is the actual software of the digital revolution. The individual learning program for shaping mental fitness is the challenge and it will become more important as the digital revolution progresses.

However, digitalisation makes it necessary in particular to work with people to understand the significance and urgency of the change in terms of skills.

Unfortunately, not much is written in the recommendations about this impetus. Saarbrücken provided a pat on the back for companies, affirming what they were already doing as providers of further training on the digital level. However, digitalisation makes it necessary in particular to work with people to understand the significance and urgency of the change in terms of skills.

What do I need to learn in the digital age and how? This is the essential question. This question was not answered in Saarbrücken because it had not been asked. Moreover, it needs to be answered by every individual and not by organisations. Everyone needs their own educational summit - a message that could have been given by Saarbrücken. Shoulda coulda woulda ...