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Here's why employees should learn new skills amid Covid-19 lockdown

India Today logo India Today 27-04-2020 India Today Web Desk
a laptop computer sitting on top of a table: Online learning! Here’s why employees should learn new skills amid Covid-19 lockdown Online learning! Here’s why employees should learn new skills amid Covid-19 lockdown

The impact of Covid-19 is being felt across the globe. To remain safe from coronavirus, most people have quarantined themselves at home. Doing so is expected to minimise the chance the virus will infect many people. Staying at home is likely to contain the virus. Many who are shut inside their homes are working. Hence work from home has taken off in a big way.

Among those who aren't working from home, many are panicking. They are unsure whether their employer will pay them. Many are worried they may have no job to return to when the lockdown is lifted.

For those who are uncertain about their future, there has never been a better time to enrol in e-learning courses. A rigorous e-learning course teaches skills employers want. With ample free time on their hands and faced with an uncertain future, professionals must take steps to increase their employability. In an economy where skills acquired just a few years ago quickly become obsolete, professionals must enrol in new courses to keep their talent set relevant.

A few online subjects professionals can learn to keep themselves in demand by employers are mentioned below:

Big Data Analytics

Increasingly even small companies are discovering that their data is an untapped goldmine. When unstructured data is sorted and analysed, it often reveals information that can transform a business. Businesses that create gigabytes of new data everyday need professionals to help them understand the story locked inside the data. Professionals who can make sense of unstructured data and derive actionable insights from it are called data scientists.

Data scientists have a solid understanding of big data analytics. Demand for such workers is increasing as the hundreds of terabytes of data generated by businesses have many stories to tell. The only people who can extract a coherent narrative from data are data scientists. In an age where data is the new oil, data scientists are the excavators who help tap the value trapped inside this new oil.

The technologies data scientists need to learn include Hadoop, Spark, MongoDB, Python, Data Warehousing and many others.

Artificial Intelligence

Nearly every week, there are advances in artificial intelligence (AI). The technology touches everyone, regardless of where they live. In rural parts of India, AI influences those who use social media by recommending products and services that might be needed. AI also advises people whom to befriend. These applications are just the tip of the iceberg. AI is growing sophisticated enough to drive cars, predict the onset of cancer, or purchase billions in stocks - as it is doing in many advanced countries during the lockdown.

Demand for workers who have expertise in AI is growing. This demand is unlikely to diminish for the next few decades. Expertise in AI means knowing how to program machines, so they learn by themselves. This is known as machine learning, and it is at the heart of AI.

Machine learning has been responsible for huge breakthroughs. Scientists and engineers have used machine learning to teach robots to do tasks they have never done before.

Those who enrol in Artificial Intelligence courses learn machine learning, deep learning with TensorFlow, how to build artificial neural networks, data science, statistics, SAS advanced analytics, Tableau Business Intelligence, R Programming, and Python. Equipped with knowledge in each of these areas, AI experts build smarter machines every year. Those who have a thorough understanding of these technologies will discover that in a post-COVID-19 world, their prospects are brighter than ever.

Cloud DevOps

Like the demand for professionals who understand big data analytics and AI, demand for Cloud DevOps professionals will be robust for decades as well. A Cloud DevOps engineer is responsible for efficiently developing operations that balance delivery speed with service reliability. They are extensively trained on the cloud and DevOps concepts like Microsoft Azure, AWS, and Python. Such engineers can deploy DevOps on all the mentioned platforms.

Right now, many professionals face an uncertain future. They don't know whether they will be paid or have a job once the pandemic passes. Yet rather than see the lockdown period as a punishment, people should see it as an opportunity. This period is the right time to learn new skills that make professionals even more employable. These skills can be learned by enrolling in e-learning courses that can be taken from home.

The technologies mentioned above are here to stay. Those who have mastered even one of them are assured a rewarding career. There is no better time than now to learn what story data has to tell, teach a machine to play a game, or create a successful and reliable app.

Authored by Diwakar Chittora, Founder and CEO at IntelliPaat

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