Yesterday was day 2 of the 2019 Skills Forum at ADB. I learned that technological training is the future of upskilling. A four-year university degree is nice to have, but practical skills which can be obtained via a TVET course can be more efficient. It can also enrich the lives of those who graduate from these courses as they can already be employed immediately upon graduation. Career shifters can also benefit from trainings in tech by learning new skills that can help them stay relevant in their chosen careers.
As a millennial who graduated from a four-year course in uni, I can say that what I am looking for in a career is purpose. More than earning money, I am more excited to work when I know that I am able to make a difference in my own small way. This is why I took advantage of e-commerce to setup my social enterprise. I also enjoy volunteering whenever I can, and this makes my heart full.
More than making a difference, I know that doing work with a social good helps me stay relevant in today’s technological workplace. You cannot teach a robot or computer compassion. It is still up to us humans to do what is good and share what we can to those in need. Perhaps the best way to start is by sharing our knowledge and expertise to uplift others. From there, we can use our skills to improve others’ lives and at the same time, enrich our own lives in the process.