I was attending lectures of eminent economist Dr. Parag Khanna and got to understand the way our future has been shaping up rapidly. The days of students passing from institutes and getting a job directly will be soon over. This will be replaced with a completely new education system where learning, unlearning and relearning will be a continuous affair for everyone and not just the fresh students coming from college.
The fast changing technology landscape is clearly about how quickly we can become relevant to business needs instead of being struck with the past and become a dead weight for the business.
“Keep learning, unlearning and relearning or be prepared to become jobless.…”
The existing formal education system is not only too expensive but highly inadequate to cope up with such rapidly needs. The current situation of no formal method of continuous education is only allowing few talented individuals to keep correlating with their ecosystem. Such talents continue to remain current and take the role of a change agent. However the vast majority continues to remain either in ignorance or handicapped without formal low cost assistance.
Education, mainly technology, is no more a matter of regional thoughts and practices, but a continuous need to remain current with global changes and demands. This needs a completely new system of education. Very soon, we will see, companies recruiting young professionals with little formal knowledge but highly current knowledge taken from the ecosystem through a combination of social media, formal education and online courses. They will probably write their own degree and keep doing so several times in their professional lifetime.
Coursera, an online initiative of Stanford and Duke University professors is an attempt the same direction and has been rated as the most popular startup of the year.
The reality will soon emerge, keep learning, unlearning and relearning or be prepared to become jobless.
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By Alok Kumar