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The Importance of Acquiring Digital Skills by David Timis

Mr. David Timis is a Growth Engine Manager at Google, where he coordinates the most ambitious digital skills training program in Romania, Atelierul Digital. He is also an active member of the Global Shapers Community, a network led by young people who are exceptional in their potential and achievements. Mr. Timis was recently named the “Young Leader of the Year” in Romania by Revista CARIERE, as a result of his continuous work to promote education, digital skills, and entrepreneurship among young people, through initiatives such as Aspire for Teachers, Atelierul Digital and Startup Weekend Bucharest.

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The Importance of Acquiring Digital Skills by David Timis

  1. 1. Advent of AI
  2. 2. Key Figures -Less than 5 percent of occupations can be entirely automated using current technology. -Approximately 60 percent of occupations could have 30 percent or more of their tasks automated. (source: McKinsey Global Institute, ”Jobs Lost, Jobs Gained” Report, December 2017)
  3. 3. Key Takeaways -AI, like any technology, is not morally good or bad in itself, it all depends on how it is used. -Widespread automation is inevitable, but it won’t eliminate the need for human workers. -Humans will need to work alongside robots, rather than compete with them.
  4. 4. Skills Gap
  5. 5. Key Figures -Nearly 50% of subject knowledge acquired during the first year of a four-year technical degree becomes outdated by the time students graduate. -About 65% of the jobs elementary school students will be doing in the future do not even exist yet. (source: The World Economic Forum, “The Future of Jobs” Report, January 2016)
  6. 6. “I believe in a future where the point of education is not to prepare you for another pointless job, but for a life well lived.” -Rutger Bregman, Journalist & Author
  7. 7. Key Takeaways -There will not be a shortage of jobs in the future, but rather a shortage of skills to fill the jobs. -Preparing students for tomorrow’s jobs requires transforming education from the ground up. -Schools should equip students with highly transferable skills and teach them to be adaptive.