The year 2020 has led companies to innovate new ways of digitisation. The digital jobs’ market continues to develop at a rapid rate, with each year more skilled coders in demand. An increasingly sought-after aptitude, computer programming skills have become the responsibility of the educator, and not only in higher education.

    To prepare India for its digital journey, the skill sets that will be required will be different from the existing skills. Coding has become one of the important skill sets of qualification in the #FutureOfWork. A lot of educational institutions have undertaken training courses for students in coding and other technology-based skill sets to make them eligible for employment. Coding is a basic literacy in the digital age, and it is important for kids to understand and be able to work with and understand the technology around them. Having children learn coding at a young age prepares them for the future. Coding helps children with communication, creativity, math, writing, and confidence.

    Explaining to us the importance of coding in today’s recruitment scenario, Nishant Rathi, CEO, and Founder of NeoSOFT Technologies, says, “Coding and programming are all around us today. For the ones aspiring to make a career as a software engineer, coding gets imperative. As automation shapes up as a foundational need of businesses, the demand for versatile coders also has increased, subsequently, there’s a good hike in choosing coding as a subject to learn. The ability to code gives you an edge if you are working in the field of information technology, data analytics, marketing, designing, business, engineering and more.”

    “As technology continues to be integrated into what were traditionally non-technical streams, the ability to code stands to definitely boost your career — whichever subject it might be in,” feels Nishant. Since its inception in 1996, NeoSOFT Technologies has chronically emerged as a ‘digital transformer helping enterprises reimagine their business for the digital age.

    When asked about the upcoming trends required for the future of the workforce to upgrade their skill set, Nishant explains, “Post-pandemic, one of the upgrades that go without saying is that of automation and digitisation — and by default, upskilling of the workforce to empower them with the necessary know-how. To enable this, a phrase that is creating a big buzz is ‘Learning to learn, unlearn and relearn’. With the on-going digital shifts, the ability and the willingness to adapt from the old to the new will be highly coveted. Additionally, as machines take over the menial and repetitive operations, we are sure to see a rise in demand for a workforce with quality soft-skills.”

    The harsh truth of the day is that 80 per cent of engineers in India are unemployable. According to recent reports, 42 per cent of the skills required for jobs are due to change — highlighting an acute gap between skills in supply and demand.

    “India being one of the leading IT outsourcing hubs, its employees will need to proactively upskill to stay not just relevant but productive as well. The good news is that reskilling and upskilling no longer means going back to college and getting a degree. Technology advances have shaped up the realm of Learning Management Systems which has become a vital segment of corporates to keep their employees upgraded with the latest advancements. As a result, upskilling in any desired subject is practically just a few clicks away,” he says stressing on the importance of upskilling in digital India.

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