Digital immigrants

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In recent decades, the rise of automation has changed the way we work and fostered the creation of new industries. A World Economic Forum Future of Jobs report predicted machines will do 42% of all labor (by hours) by 2022 and more than half of it by 2025. 

In the not too distant future, many of the jobs that we know today will continue, such as a doctor, bricklayer or salesman, but others will disappear opening way to new ones such as a drone pilot, a 3D printed food engineer or even a commercial space pilot. 

In the future jobs, the most demanded careers will be those related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Additionally, graduates will be required to combine certain skills such as creativity, flexibility, and negotiation skills.

The road to digital transformation has begun, but there are those who resist change and some people find themselves unable to learn without having tried. There is a generation gap between ‘digital natives’ and those baptized by the American writer and lecturer Marc Prensky as ‘digital immigrants’. The former were born with a mobile under their arms and the latter have had to integrate into the current digital age and learn the new language.

The coronavirus crisis has accelerated digitization by force majeure, without giving us time to prepare for teleworking or online teaching. For this reason, it is necessary to include technology as a compulsory subject from an early age and, especially, to train teachers and families. The world is already digital and the technological revolution is unstoppable.

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