2019 Social Media Week: Experts urge youths to acquire more digital skills

Panelists at the ongoing 2019 Social Media Week (SMW) on Wednesday said that youths should be more concerned about acquiring digital skills to keep them ahead.

The panelists gave the advice while discussing the topic: “Social Media & Jobs: Rethinking the Future of Work for Young People’’.

According to the panelists, quality engagement on social media will come with having the right skills to know what to do.

A Panelist, Mr Ibukun Olusola, Tech. Analyst, OnlineHubNG said that the reasons for lack of jobs in the country was because of the rigidity attached to jobs.

According to him, people look for jobs according to what they studied and with the adoption of technology, it has made things different.

“In this present digital era, the youth should be more concerned about gathering skills to better themselves or keep them ahead.

“Robots are coming or are here already and so we need to start picking up skills that are relevant in this shift in globalisation that we are entering by taking courses in professions that are relevant.

“We need to develop appropriate character which is very key and to have the skills that will give an edge over the robots that are coming, ‘’ he said.

Olusola urged government to promote the boom in the digital media in the country by updating the educational curriculum so that it would reflect the present digital era.

He said that leveraging on some communication tools in the digital space would help one to meet deadlines, track one’s activity and make work easy.

Ms Vanessa Morris, Programme Manager, Konverge Media, urged the youth to learn to equip themselves with the right skills and advised organisations to conduct digital training for their staff.

“There are no university that gives courses on social media but most courses are found online and so there is need for youths to understand that in the digital space, one is not forced to do things but will create his own time,’’ she said.

Morris urged the youth to make it a habit to give themselves a break so as not to break down due to stress.

She called on women tech mentors to showcase themselves so that the younger generation would know they exist and had zeal for tech profession.

Miss Benita Nnachortam, Founder & Creative Director, Ben Teller Media & KUTA Nigeria, said that the distinctive difference between human and machine was character, saying that it was also a challenge for the youth.

“Presently, having the skills will place one above someone that has the certificate and I advise any young man or woman to go for digital skill that will aid him or her.

“Tech will also give an edge to a skilled person because his character is trusted, reliable and accountable,” she said.

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