The Argentine chapter of the global investigation on digital skills Salesforce shows that Argentines who have the resources to learn or are trained are a minority.
In tune with what is happening in the world, only 22% of Argentines surveyed believe they have the resources to learn the digital skills needed today, while 28% believe they can have them in the next 5 years.
The study looked at the situation of 23,000 workers aged 18 to 65 in 19 countries. 1,389 people from Argentina participated. Respondents were asked what their perception was of their level of readiness to acquire and retain the digital skills needed to be successful in the workplace, now and for years to come.
Globally, 73% of respondents said they lack access to the resources needed to learn the digital skills required today. In Argentina, on the other hand, the percentage of people learning digital skills is very low: only 36% of respondents said they actively trained.
If we consider the different generations, among millennials the percentage of those who are actively training rises to 39%, while among the youngest (generation Z) it rises to 40%.
“For some years now, digitization is not strictly a condition of the technology sectorbut it has spread to all industries, ”notes Alejandro Anderlic, Salesforce’s Director of Government Affairs for Latin America.
“They all need a team that can interpret more data to guide us and enable us to make more reliable decisions and thus improve our results,” he adds.
So, from messaging services to design tools and e-commerce, they require digital skills and “whoever does not learn them will stay on the road“, says Anderlic. As a contribution, Salesforce has developed a free learning platform, Trailhead,” which employs about 20,000 people in Argentina, “he adds.
Most of the young Argentines in the Generation Z (83%), those born between 1994 and 2009, have knowledge in everyday technologies, such as social networks, but do not have the most important skills required for the current job market.
According to the research, the kind of day-to-day skills in which young people perceive themselves to be most advanced are not exactly those required within the digital workplace.
For example: 83% of all Gen Z respondents say they have advanced knowledge of social networks and 78% say they have them in web browsing. Millennials also demonstrate knowledge of digital marketing and digital management.
However, most are far from reaching advanced levels in the technologies required by employers, such as: Artificial intelligence; application programming and development; collaborative technology; data science; data visualization and creative design.
The good news is that more than half of the people surveyed in Argentina (54%) are interested in acquiring new knowledge that will help them grow in their current career and the trend is similar globally, with 51%.
Locally, 22% said they will learn new skills to take a completely different direction within their company, while 19% said they will learn new skills to work in another organization.