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With the digitalisation of education and technological advancement, newer avenues have opened up. The market situation is only going to expand and opportunities are going to mushroom

BrainGain Magazine

Ajit K Motwani tells you how the digital way is a boon for youth of this generation

Why is it that the top ten careers today did not exist a decade back and many of the persons on the Forbes richest list were hardly ever heard of? We are living in an era where innovation plays a key role and is no longer limited to research laboratories such as NASA, DRDO or even to the university campuses. Innovation today is often driven by passion and dreams and is needed for exemplary success in every field. In today’s day and age education and training are no exception.

How we consume information has undergone a metamorphosis in the last decade. Digital media is the single key game changer. New generation no longer waits to read newspapers every morning, instead prefer live reporting across social media channels. Sharing, collaborating and exchanging information is now just a click away. In this age of information nothing seems impossible whether it is understanding relativity, learning a new musical instrument or improving your technique as a sports person. In the field of education, YouTube is becoming an interface between the knowledge seekers and providers. Khan Academy, Professors of MIT contributing through opencourseware , lectures by IIT Professors, Michael Sandel’s course on Justice at Harvard, are some of the frequently accessed resources which were inconceivable not too long ago.

New courses such as online screenwriting at NewYork Film Academy, ethics and decision making in green product design at UC Berkeley; history and philosophy of science and technology at Stanford are just a few examples of how the new professions and careers choices are evolving. Not to mention hundreds of interdisciplinary courses across humanities and social sciences and technology that have also mushroomed online.

Medicine and technology courses which started with bio-technology and medical electronics have also expanded to offer new emerging careers digitally. Choices are not limited to traditional disciplines and the youth has the option to venture into medical illustration and Iphone app development or even become founders like Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg.

Human love for celebration is not new. As the society goes affluent and moves beyond the basic needs of food and shelter, the demand for entertainment industry such as films, music and theatre increase.

The Internet and media reach today has made the penetration of the new knowledge and the industries such as entertainment possible in the regions and among people who could not dream of it earlier.

An indicator of popularity and demand of new professions in India can be gauged from the Ernst and Young report of fall 2011 which highlights more than 600 television channels, 100 million TV households, 70,000 newspapers and 1,000 films produced annually in India.

The Indian Media and Entertainment industry was valued at US$16.3 billion in 2010 and there is a forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12 per cent to reach a value of US$25.8 billion by 2014.

Historically, education led the way to research, innovation and industrial output. However, there is a paradigm shift in this historical relationship where people now follow their dreams and passion and create unique success stories sometimes even before education and curriculum are developed in that field. In fact they add to the creation of academic content and scope for research through their relevant contribution.

There are several examples of this to be found in the society and industry. Steve Jobs contribution at Apple,  Clay refrigerator of Mansukh Prajapati and Juggad technology by a village youth after the earthquake in Gujarat, event management specialisations including Vivah (Indian wedding services outsourcing expertise), non-conventional energy applications in the villages across developing countries of Asia and Africa have been hugely successful with creative media applications for the new generation.

It all stems from the human hunger to create something new and exciting. If not for this hunger, you and I would still be living in the caves and looking at moon and the sky wondering how the celestial events happen and where does the earth begin and end.The coming generations, unlike our forefathers, would have multiple careers as they develop their interests and passions.

Courtesy: The Pioneer

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