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A lot of changes have happened since the pandemic, particularly the way people work and specifically in the employment space.

As many businesses have gone digital in preparation for the shift in their operations to be able to rebound and recover, it is but natural that they will look for employees with digital-related skills.

Many learning institutions have taken note, such as Mapua University. According to its Office Admissions, many students are now aware of the rapid shift in business processes and delivery of products and services to become more digital. The office noted the huge volume of inquiries, applications and reservations for digital-related programs since last year.

Some of these programs that are digital in nature and have digital-related applications include computer science, computer engineering, information technology (IT), mechanical engineering, manufacturing engineering, industrial engineering, data science, technical communication, educational technology, multimedia arts, and business administration.

In assessing which academic program to pursue, Dr. Reynaldo Vea, Mapua President and Chief Executive Officer suggested to consider some important criteria in their decision-making process and should answer questions like:

  • Is the program aligned to how industries are evolving and what will be its demand for skills now and in the near future?
  • Since the demand for potential employees who possess digital skills will rise now and in the future, will the program provide the right outcomes in terms of skills and career options?
  • Does the program possess a strong reputation both domestic and overseas in terms of digital and technology-based education? 
  • Is the program capable of providing students with opportunities to learn from global institutions and experience global practices through student exchange and international programs and on-the-job training (OJT) to make them ready for the local and global talent marketplace?

Mapua’s outcomes-based education ensures the academic curriculum is designed to provide a promising future and successful careers for its graduates,” Dr. Vea said.

A report by LinkedIn Corp. (LinkedIn), it revealed that trends across work in Southeast Asia include a significant uptick in digital services adoption as a result of the pandemic.

Last year, electronic commerce (e-commerce) experienced a tremendous boom, and the traditional roles have evolved. Nowadays, companies discovered ways to connect directly with their target audiences online. This resulted to a rise in demand for digital marketers and content creators.

The LinkedIn report entitled Jobs on the Rise in 2021, named the prominent industry workers of the era, which include data analysts, specialized engineers like mechanical and manufacturing engineers, digital content and marketing specialists, cyber security specialists and consultants, and public relations officers, apart from healthcare and medical support professions. Two new fields also emerged, namely Health Technology (HealthTech) and Educational Technology (EdTech).

HealthTech is about delivering healthcare services to patients using technological platforms that go beyond hospital or physician office premises. EdTech, on the other hand, is about facilitating learning using technology software and tools to improve students’ education outcomes.

And as more work that can be done remotely increases, this means workers who are equipped with even the basic digital skills will have an edge. As the need for digital adaption increases, the demand for workers like specialized engineers, cybersecurity talent, and data analysts will also increase and become a true occupational trend for this year.

Mapúa University is a member of the Yuchengco Group of Companies (YGC).

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