4. Future-Proofing Your Skills

Overview

Data literacy is not a one-off process of learning information, but instead a lifelong process of continuous learning. Learn about the importance of this and how Kubicle facilitates it in this lesson.

Summary

  1. Lesson Goal (00:15)

    The goal of this lesson is to learn why data literacy is so important in business.

  2. Importance of Continuous Learning (00:23)

    For some people, data and analytics can conjure up fears of automation and job losses. Clearly, data trends have removed some jobs from existence and will likely remove more jobs from existence in the future. Maintaining and developing skills is the key to avoiding such an outcome, and ensuring you benefit from a more data-driven world.

    In an era of rapid technological progress, continuous learning and development is important to keep up with change. We can’t predict the future with certainty, so skill development will always be necessary at every stage of your career.

    However, the advance of technology also presents opportunities. It presents the ability for you to complete mundane, repetitive tasks more quickly and efficiently, leaving you time for more fulfilling work. But to take advantage of these opportunities, you need to be data literate.

  3. How Kubicle Fits In (02:54)

    At Kubicle, our mission is to make online training in data analytics accessible to everyone, enabling all people to thrive in the modern workplace. Our vision is to lead the democratization of data in workplaces worldwide.

    To do this, Kubicle provides an online training platform that will help you learn and maintain key data literacy skills across a wide range of relevant subjects. We explore Kubicle in detail in the rest of the course.

Transcript

It's clear that data is an increasingly large part of modern business and that data literacy skills are useful in virtually any business role. So how can you stay ahead of the curve? Our goal in this lesson is to learn why developing data literacy skills is key to business success.

When some people think of trends and analytics and technology, they think of the prospect of jobs disappearing due to automation. There's no doubt that this does happen. After all, when was the last time you visited a travel agent or withdrew money from a bank teller? There's no doubt that the growth of digital technology is already impacting employment in some sectors and more are likely to follow in the future. However, it also presents opportunities for businesses to save time and money.

The way to ensure you benefit from a more data-driven world is through continuous learning. Traditionally, learning and working are separate, consecutive activities. People spend many years learning things in school, and maybe you went to university to learn some more, and then worked, often in a single workplace, for the rest of their lives using the knowledge they had learned. Any additional skills needed could be picked up on the job.

That approach often doesn't work in an era of rapid technological progress. The skills you learned in school many years ago probably aren't the ones that will serve you well today. In reality, a process of upskilling and continuous learning is needed throughout your career. This is because predicting the future is hard. We don't live in an era of hoverboards or self-tying shoes, even if people in the 1980s thought we would. We can't predict with certainty today what skills will be relevant 10 or 20 years from now.

The only way to keep up with advancements is to make learning a continuous process. That's as important to part of your working life as your actual work. That might sound daunting, but actually, it can be a great advantage in making your work more fulfilling.

The growth of data and technology can also make work and jobs more fulfilling by speeding up more mundane, repetitive tasks and eliminating others. For example, if you have good data literacy skills, you could identify a dataset of interest, create some visualizations, and use those visualizations to create a report in minutes or hours rather than spending days manually combing through spreadsheets for the information you need, and then tediously compiling it in a way that can be presented to your colleagues. However, to achieve this, you need to have data literacy skills, and that's where Kubicle comes in.

At Kubicle, our mission is to make online training and data analytics accessible to everyone, enabling all people to thrive in the modern workplace. Our vision is to lead the democratization of data and workplaces worldwide. To that end, Kubicle provides an online learning platform that will help you learn data literacy skills and to thrive in the working world of the future.

In the remaining lessons of this course, we'll explore the main features of Kubicle that you'll encounter as a learner.

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