Skills or technological unemployment

There are various surveys revealing that technological unemployment is bound to cause major losses in job posts in specific sectors of the economy.

The most recent survey conducted by the McKinsey Global Institute suggests that half of today’s professions could be automated by 2055. This could happen up to 20 years later depending on various and converging political and social factors.

Surveys analyze and reflect data, but contemporary societies need to implement solutions on how to ‘defend’ themselves against the machines.

The massive readjustment in professions and jobs requires new skills and of course the will for continuous professional development and training during working life. It is no secret that you can’t expect to be doing the same job when you retire after 35-40 years as the one you were doing when you entered the job market.

The key word is skills. Skills that have nothing to do with degrees, masters and PhDs. They are a person’s genuine and realistic abilities that find application in performing formal tasks and in enabling the person to take their job one step further.

The αriston project, after a long period of research among more than 3,500 enterprises and professionals in 44 states, develops, designs and retrains society in the Agenda 2020 skills. Skills 2020 are comprised of cross-cultural competency, sense-making, new media literacy, trans-disciplinarity and transferable skills, social intelligence, novel and adaptive thinking, cognitive load management, design mindset, virtual collaboration and computational thinking.

Skills 2020 are in the foundation of the educational programme ROIEDU Global Skills. The programme is designed by the ariston project and is taught in English.

Extrovert companies can also benefit from ROIEDU Global Skills by employing skilled professionals that have acquired crucial skills, especially in the field of intercultural and international communication.

by Dimitris Diamantidis, New Media & Marketing Director, hyphen SA


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