New Areas Of Technology Job Creations For Next Decade

Gone are the days where getting a certificate after few years of college would guarantee a lifetime job for most of us. Today, while a lot of new jobs are being created, elimination of old jobs due to automation and changing customer behavior is forcing everyone to re-look at the education the way we see it today.

Coursera and Khan Academy are two amongst hundreds of startups who are working to reshape education and make it easily accessible and remain highly cost effective. Technology is also breaking all frontiers in creating contents that would eventually replace the need of a teacher. Virtual teachers today help students learn better, faster and at their convenience. However, today the education system continues to improve upon the foundations that were laid out centuries back, without changing these foundations. It is not far that we may see these established foundations being challenged and replaced from brick and mortar school and college buildings and physical teachers to completely virtual colleges.

In a discussion with a school principle, I came to know that new government rule is compelling them to give admission to children from poor background and educate them free. While the principle was in favor of such a social service, he was vocal of the fact that virtual classrooms can eliminate the needs of such students to travel from far off places to attend school.

The next decade would be witnessing significant changes in technology involved in dispensing education at every level while it may also challenge the age old established basics of education and bring in a truly virtual and internal education platform that would bring the cost of education down, help everyone from any place to participate at any time in their knowledge building. It is not far that a four-year engineering course that is taught to thousands of students would get so customized that every student may end up learning what they need at any given time. The duration of education would then not be confined to few years of college, but to entire lifetime.

Such will be the impact of technology in changing the genes and behavior of education system as we see today that it will create thousands of new opportunities from technology platform creators to content creators and subject matter experts (teachers & professors). Technology will help education reach the remotest corner of the world and will help create a highly aware next generation.

Alok Kumar

Alok Kumar is Managing Partner of SRKay Consulting group, a private equity company, nurturing innovative ventures. Alok also serves on the board of ICCL (Indian Clearing Corporation Limited - A subsidiary of BSE- Bombay Stock Exchange) as an external advisor for technology and information security. Prior to this, Alok had been Managing Director of Sears IT & Management Services India Private Limited (SHI) since its inception in December 2009 and served in the same position till very recently. Having been in senior IT management positions in Fortune 500 companies, Alok has won several national and international awards. Alok is instrumental in planning and setting up SHI and thereafter growing it to a multi-locational thousand-plus people organization. Over the last five years, with his strategic vision, Alok helped SHI grow roots in India, develop and support technology applications and infrastructure across core mainframe, cutting edge e-Commerce and big data technologies. With his unique people-oriented transformational leadership style, Alok turned SHI into one of the most valued investments of Sears, garnering great ROIs, and creating value much beyond cost arbitrage. Under his tutelage, SHI has filed two patents and is recognized widely for its best practices in various areas, the latter, currently featured in Indian Institute of Management (IIM) case studies. SHI also became a CMMI Level 3, PCMM Level 3, and ISO 20000 certified organization. Alok is a widely acclaimed corporate leader in India today. He regularly participates and leads various forums as a keynote speaker and is an author of several books in different genres. Alok has several awards to his credit. He is particularly known in the industry for his people management skills and innovative ideas in improving the productivity of employees through unique people practices. He has been credited with the following industry awards: ¬ Emerging Leader of the Year award 2013 by ¬ Game Changer CEO of the Year 2013 (SHRM) ¬ CIO 100 - The Bold CIOs - 2008 (Reliance Infosolutions) ¬ CIO - Ones to Watch Award 2008 (Reliance Industries) ¬ Extended Manager Award - CIOL 2004 (Tata Teleservices) As an able leader of SHI, Alok got SHI recognized widely in the industry with the following several awards: ¬ CII Award for HR Best Practices in 2014 ¬ Global Excellence in Outsourcing Award - AIOP (Phoenix 2013) ¬ IT Innovation Award (Design & Engineering) - Computer Society of India 2012 ¬ Golden Company of the Year - Economic Times 2011-12 ¬ 7th Employer Branding Awards - World HRD Congress (Mumbai, India) 2013: • ‘Asia’s Best Employer’ Award • ‘Best HR Strategy’ in line with business • HR Leadership Award • Talent Management Award by Bloomberg TV India ¬ Employer Branding Awards - World HRD Congress (Singapore, Asia) 2013: • 7th rank in ‘Asia’s Best Employer’ award • Award for ‘Best HR Strategy’ in line with the business • HR Leadership Award Other recognitions: Alok had served on the distinguished panel of NASSCOM's GIC (Global In-house Centers) National Council members. The council members play a key role in major initiatives of the industry and include the torch bearers of IT industry as panel members. Books and Papers: Alok is an established author, with three books to his credit. Alok’s third and latest book, a novel, “The Spy from Unaula” is a 2015 publication. A handwriting analysis enthusiast, Alok collaborated with his wife Nandani on the book, “Handwriting Speaks” in 2006. “Value Sourcing – Future of IT Outsourcing” was co-authored with Keith Sherwell (currently CIO, Altice USA) and was released in 2013. Alok also researched and published two whitepapers: a. “Creating next generation captives” talks about the best practices that are helping generate higher value from the IT company captives.

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