Technology or trades could be key to Canada’s labor market in 2022

Last year, Eva Sage-Gavin, Managing Director Global Talent at Accenture, and Kelly Monahan, Organizational Behaviorist, addressed a room of senior executives who wanted to take a peek into the future. Specifically, they wanted to know what companies needed to do to prepare for work in the years to come.

The couple bluntly asked their audiences to automate and digitize their operations. A few months after this meeting, they continued their message by publishing a research project that highlighted the imperative need for companies to master digital.

This message is something that those in education, training, or just starting out in their careers should pay close attention. Workers must arm themselves with technical skills if they are to achieve economic stability and prosperity, and in particular, if they are to obtain what are called “opportunity jobs”.

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Opportunity jobs are the opposite of working together. Opportunity jobs offer aspirants a chance to earn a stable and high living and to protect themselves against future shocks in the labor market.

“Technical skills, especially those that include operational analyzes, science, programming and systems evaluation, offer clear pathways to these potential jobs.” wrote Ms Sage-Gavin and Dr Monahan. “Technical skills have always been important, but the sense of urgency to get them has never been more critical. “

Canada, a global laggard

As the pandemic recedes and Canada enters a phase of recovery, it will need to catch up in terms of skills performance.

In the Global Skills Index 2021 Report From the Coursera online course platform, Canada was ranked 55th globally in terms of business, technology and data science skills. For its study, the company said it analyzed performance data from the more than 77 million learners enrolled on their platform, looking at factors such as the number of students enrolled in each course, grades and even the time that learners spent on assignments.

In the world rankings, Canada lags far behind the Swiss, Luxembourgish and Norwegian leaders in digital economy skills such as operating systems, cloud computing and mathematics. Ironically, despite the stability of its banking system, Canada lags behind in financial literacy. It also underperformed in several different comparisons of financial sector competitiveness.

Once one of the top 10 countries in the world for mathematics education, Canada has seen its ranks and scores in mathematics drop over the past 15 years, according to Program for International Student Assessment (PISA).

Skills for the future

The Coursera report presents the skills needed for entry-level and intermediate-level jobs in post-pandemic labor markets, organized into three main groups. The company also notes (although perhaps in a personal interest) that many employees may be overlooking the opportunity to learn these skills online. According to the report, 75 percent of active learners spend less than three hours per week in classes to advance their careers.

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Here are the most popular skills in North America:

  • Business: Strategy and operations, Microsoft Excel, project management, data analysis, accounting, writing, finance, marketing, Tableau software, digital marketing
  • Technology: Theoretical computer science, programming principles, design and product, C programming, mathematics, user experience, Javascript, computational thinking, data structures, graphic design
  • Data Science: Python programming, statistical machine learning, probability and statistics, machine learning, data management, machine learning algorithms, applied machine learning, SQL, data visualization software, econometrics

The future of work will require people to develop and learn new skills throughout their careers. According to the job portal Indeed, healthcare, commerce, hospitality and information technology (IT) are industries with the most requested careers in Canada.

Some of the job opportunities currently emerging in Canada are Construction Estimator, Software Engineer, Web Developer, Financial Advisor, Home Help, Industrial Electrician, Medical Technologist, Nursing Assistant, Occupational Therapist, Pharmacist, Physiotherapy Assistant, Statistician, Service Driver. truck. and pipefitter.

What I read on the web

  • Following the damning revelations from whistleblower Frances Haugen, Facebook (and Instagram) announced that the company would introduce a series of security features, such as urging users who are on the platform for long periods of time to ” to make a break”. it will also develop ways to divert users of harmful content and impose limits on the amount of political content it offers, in accordance with this item from CNBC.
  • Why is it Squid game so popular? If you have asked yourself this question, then this article in Psychology today offers a plausible explanation. Squid game is a South Korean television show about a secret game played by some 400 indebted people vying for a $ 38 million cash prize. It’s set to break records as one of the most watched shows on Netflix.
  • Parth Khanna’s healthcare platform, Acto, used by pharmaceutical and life science companies to communicate with employees, patients and healthcare providers, is at the height of success. The company’s revenue grew 158% in 2019. Last year, Acto attracted $ 11.5 million in Series A funding, according to Andrea Yu in Canadian company.

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