As the competition for jobs increases, the newest generation of working professionals in the UK has a lot to worry about. Once on the career ladder, they face the challenge of keeping up with fast-changing technology that creates new types of jobs and obliterates some completely.
Coursera released some interesting research which revealed that only half of adults in the UK between the ages of 22 and 35 believe that their current career is enabling them to achieve their life goals, such as owning their own home, buying a new car, or starting a family – milestones which many previous generations took for granted. Four in 10 young adults said they feel that a lack of skills training was holding them back, with some even saying that the training and degrees they had done were perhaps becoming irrelevant or outdated.
The study found that 32 per cent reported that they lack digital skills, 42 per cent believe that they need to build on their leadership and people management skills, 23 per cent lack data analysis skills, and 18 per cent don’t have programming skills.
Research suggests that giving easier access to career-relevant skills training would be a very effective first step. For example, Google recently announced an impressive effort to give free in-person digital skills training classes in 100 cities and towns across the UK during 2017.
Companies can start small too, ensure that some of the resources that go into selecting the right employees should also be applied to developing talent once they are employed.