Are Technology and Innovation Changing Jobs, Skills and Our Perspective of Education? (Part 1 of 2)

MDEC Files

JOBS

COVID-19 accelerated tech adoption and already, Malaysia’s unemployment rose from 5% to 5.3% in a month, from April to May this year.  The nature of employment has consequently shifted from full time to part time jobs or to gig-economy jobs. 

The shift has also brought to light that so-called ‘low-skilled’ workers are vital to keep our lives going; During the lockdowns around the world, these workers were our frontliners to maintain delivery and take care of our basic needs. There is an argument that eventually, automation will take over many of these jobs.  

While there will always be services provided by low-skilled workers, most newer jobs may call upon different or higher skill sets. Being able to reskill and upskill to keep up with the times is key to sustaining the economy of a country! 

I’ve said this before – Creating jobs alone is not enough. Just as crucial is ensuring that workers are equipped to handle the shift in skills demanded by employers and the overall job market. And any mismatch of jobs to skills, reflects a gap in Malaysia’s education and a rapidly changing economy. 

Digital All The Way

So, what exactly are the skills demanded looking like these days?  

MDEC’s recent analysis among various job search sites (LinkedIn, Jobstreet, Monster, Indeed and Jobstore) show an increasing demand for digital jobs. 

Industries Are Going Digital

The results were that across all portals, there is an average of 3,895 IT-related jobs. Also, as mentioned just now, the total number of IT-related jobs advertised in all 5 portals, minding the possibility of duplications of course, amount to 20,000! And finally, do note that about 77% of IT jobs advertised on these portals are for experienced positions.  

Hardly a surprise at this stage, the IT-skew tells you a lot about the general direction that industries are moving in – digitalisation. 

Emerging Jobs Are Digital

Echoing this is LinkedIn’s 2020 Emerging Jobs Report Malaysia. The top 10 jobs all have a digital component; Data scientist, data engineer and data analyst emerge in the top 12 jobs, reflecting the government’s commitment to securing Malaysia as a leader in big data.

LinkedIn also reports that e-Commerce is fueling demand for hard and soft skilled talent in the internet economy! Online platforms need technical talent to build apps and online sales portals for instance. But also, they need those who can leverage such platforms and engage online customers – jobs like digital marketing specialists and community managers come to mind.

SKILLS

Non-negotiable Skills In This Digital World

Besides the skills demanded above, the structure of working has changed – from full time to employment contracts, gigs and flexible arrangements. So, graduates must get used to pitching for gigs and working for multiple clients at the same time. Soft skills like storytelling, writing skills and presentation skills are becoming essential skills to secure gigs.

Graduates must be agile and develop problem solving skills. Transferable skills will be key to landing and keeping a job.

MDEC’s Long Game

Well, in case you wondered how MDEC has been and will continue to support students and the workforce through the transitions demanded of them, let me quickly share three avenues you can immediately tap:

  1. MDEC’s Let’s Learn Digital is a partnership with Coursera that offers access to 3,800 courses, free until September 30th! That is a huge opportunity to learn, unlearn and relearn specific skills in demand.
  2. GLOW or the Global Online Workforce, a national programme, is designed to enable Malaysians to be a part of the global online workforce and earn income. Go to glowmalaysia.com and mdec.my for more information.
  3. #mydigitalmaker is a movement to prepare Malaysian students as we head towards IR4.0, to future proof their education and careers.

Essentially, technology and innovation are changing jobs and skill-demands. Clearly, three parties have their respective roles to play in moving education forward – educators, employers and the government.  Their roles will be elaborated in the closing installment of this two-parter.

For now, I have one more avenue for you to tap if you were a student, fresh grad or member of the Malaysian workforce. It is #mydigitalworkforce week which is coming up in the second week of August. It aims to bring the talent supply and demand to focal point, to facilitate matching. Why we are organising this is because MDEC understands the need to explore ‘place and train’ as a new norm, so that people with baseline skills can be upskilled to requirements.

Please go to mdec.my to know more about #mydigitalworkforce.

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Digital Education Trailblazers

Teachers are a critical part of any child’s education journey. With the COVID-19 situation, teachers have had to swiftly switch to online education. In this new normal, teachers not just have to deliver lessons online, but more importantly, they must ensure that lessons are conveyed in ways that keep students engaged and excited about learning.

In line with MDEC’s commitment to develop digitally skilled Malaysians and in conjunction with Teachers Day, we went in search of teachers who set a benchmark when it comes to educational technology (edtech in short). Criteria for selection included a proven track record in innovating the delivery of STEM education, being a STEM or digital tech advocate amongst fellow teachers beyond their immediate circle, self-starters, life-long learners, actively engaging with industry to improve their teaching and learning methods, and are active participants in national and global edtech forums. We call these teachers Cikgu Juara Digital (Champion Digital Teachers), and they are indeed champions in their own right.

For a start, 25 Cikgu Juara Digital have been identified and will be given rigorous training on advanced problem solving and critical thinking skills, Artificial Intelligence, IoT, Social Media engagement, content creation, etc.  These teachers will go on to inspire and teach teachers in their respective communities, and over time, we hope to have a thriving movement of Cikgu Juara Digital around the country. Here are 5 of these Cikgu Juara Digital, who have significant following on their blogs, YouTubeChannels and social media platforms.

  • Cikgu Abdul Rahman bin Ali Bashah, SMK Jenjarom,  Selangor

Cikgu Abdul Rahman, fondly known as Cikgu Aman has been a teacher for 10 years and is passionate about cultivating the love for STEM amongst the students of this semi-rural school. With the support from sponsors and his own savings, Cikgu Aman managed to secure a classroom and turned it into a maker space, where students get to work on digital projects like coding, robotics and 3D printing. Over and above his day job as Teacher at SMK Jenjarom, Cikgu Aman is also the founder of a Telegram group comprising 52,000 teachers to provide peer-to-peer support on digital education. He also has a blog which is called cikguaman.com, and more recently his own YouTube Channel. To-date, Cikgu Aman has attended more that more than 150 training sessions by Microsoft and his blog boasts a long list of awards and achievements.

  • Cikgu Norhailmi Abdul Mutalib, SMK Jerlun, Kedah 

Cikgu Hailmi is a Science teacher who is another avid edtech blogger and YouTuber. His digital content creation journey started when his students shared with him their struggle to find Malaysian educational content online. That was back in 2012. Since then, the blog has gained an impressive 35 million views, and has been recognised as the Best Educational Blog by the Malaysia Social Media Awards in 2014 and 2016. His YouTube channel has more than 13,000 subscribers and his most popular video entitled “Kasut Kelopak Jantung”, a short film based on a novel written by Ghazali Lateh, has gained an impressive 618,000 views. He is now committed to equipping all his students with content creation skills which he says are vital for the future. When asked when he finds the time for his blog and YouTube videos, Cikgu Hailmi shared “I do it on my free time, and maybe because I’ve done it for almost 10 years, so I don’t need to spend more time on it. Just write, and post”.

  • Cikgu Mohd Razif Abdul Razak, The Malay College Kuala Kangsar

Cikgu Razif who famously known as Cikgu Siber is no alien to the world of digital learning and teaching. He is the founder of the cikgusiber.com blog, which is very well known by STEM teachers across the nation. The platform which has 15,000 followers, shares best practices and resources in edtech for teachers.  In his role as MCKK’s IT Coordinator, Computer Science and Design and Technology Teacher, he has won numerous awards such as Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) in 2019, International Invention & Innovation Tech Exhibition (ITEX) Gold Award in 2017, and a string of other awards. When asked how he juggles his time between his role as teacher with his activities to support other teachers and participate in competitions, he responded that he works closely with a team of fellow teachers who are equally passionate to drive the digital education agenda.

  • Cikgu Julie,  SMK Kuala Perlis , Kuala Perlis, Perlis

Cikgu Julie has had always had a deep desire to bring digital transformation to her school which is in a fishing village. Hence her decision to pursue a degree in Education Technology in university. Cikgu Julie was recognised as the State ICT Teacher Icon in Perlis last year, owing to her active contribution to her school and teaching community. She is also one of the founding members and administrators of the Digital Classroom community  of teachers. This virtual community of teachers was formed late last year to mobilise teachers nationwide to embrace digital education and currently has more than 52,000 teachers as members.

  • Cikgu Goh Kok Ming, SKJC Chi Seng 2, Rantau Panjang, Perak

Cikgu Goh, who is a Mathematics graduate of the Institut Perguruan Malaysia (Malaysian Teachers’ Training Institute) in Jitra, Kedah and also a Master’s degree holder is an avid user of EdTech to expose his students to the world outside the classroom. He uses Virtual Reality to expose them to attractions globally and Skype Classroom to meet children from other countries. At the same time, he is a firm believer in preparing his young students for the future of work by introducing 4th IR technologies such as robots to the classroom, teaching them how to surf the net safely and creating digital content. When asked how he funds these tools, he shared that he tries to secure sponsors or sometimes forks out his own money. Beyond that, he is also an active guest writer in various edtech blogs. To spice up the learning process, Cikgu Goh uses app smashing, a method of using multiple apps at the same time to complete a task or project. In his case, he combines Minecraft Education Edition and Kahoot! Cikgu Goh is also one of three #Teach Sustainable Development Goals (#TeachSDGs) Ambassadors in Malaysia. There are only 60 such Ambassadors worldwide in this movement of global-minded teachers. Given his deep awareness of global issues, he often encourages his students to come up with solutions using digital technologies to address the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Many of us may have a stereotypical view of Malaysian teachers as being left behind and struggling to keep up with latest educational trends. Hence it is comforting to know there are teachers who are trailblazing and leading the way for other teachers to adopt and embrace digital education. Their stories are highly inspiring and I would urge everyone to follow and share their stories with teachers in our respective communities. Hopefully in time to come, we can inspire more teachers to overcome their fear of technology and embrace this new normal of education.

MDEC is working closely with the Ministry of Education and teachers nationwide to support their digital upskilling, be it to deliver online education as well as to cultivate digital innovation and creativity skills amongst the nation’s future talent pipeline. More information about our efforts can be found in www.mydigitalmaker.com .

MDEC has also compiled a list of e-learning resources for school children on www.mdec.my as part our DigitalVsCovid19 campaign.

About the #mydigitalmaker movement

#mydigitalmaker movement is a joint public-private-academic initiative launched in 2016 to cultivate digital innovation and creativity amongst Malaysian school children. To-date, close to 1.3 million Malaysian children have learnt some form of “digital making”, such as coding, robotics and 3-D printing via this movement and its member organisations.

COVID-19: CIO of the Year?

Source: BSP, MDEC Files

There has certainly not been a shortage of anecdotes on how COVID-19 should be declared the CIO of the year. I have been in many conversations that have variously blamed or credited the pandemic as being the single most significant event that has got organisations scrambling to rethink business models and accelerate their digital transformation – something that had previously been at the back of the mind, now pushed to the forefront of every business decision.

The old adage – necessity is the mother of invention – seems more apt than ever, as the world starts to reconfigure its approach to work, education, entertainment and, more fundamentally, well-being. Businesses have begun experimenting with previously untested methods and mechanisms – and this in turn opened the floodgates to accessing digital tools for solutions. Beyond business operations and Work-From-Home initiatives, it has expanded to on-demand food and services, telemedicine and online financial services.

As the dust settles after COVID-19, questions will arise as to how businesses and the workforce will bounce back into the new normal. In fact, the first question to arise will be what the new normal looks like.

For organisations that have boxed themselves in with operations-as-usual at the expense of digitalising their business and long-term resilience, the current pandemic is a bolt from the future. Businesses that have shifted to digital platforms will better mitigate the effect of the outbreak and will more likely ensure smooth operations immediately after the MCO and over the long term.

Remote Working

A remote workforce is no longer a novelty. In May 2018, Zug, Switzerland service office provider, IWG, found that 70% of professionals worldwide are already working remotely.

While working from home is seen as advantageous by many employees, on the contrary, companies may lack the technological infrastructure to run without disrupting operations. Continued success not only rests on the ability to pivot processes but also company cultures. In China, when the government encouraged millions to remain at home, Chinese companies could immediately adapt due to technological capabilities. Even so, company cultures were simply not ready, resulting in other unexpected social and mental health issues.

In Malaysia, as the gig economy continues to gain momentum, employers will have to reassess rigid work policies that would have been crafted in times when work was centralised. In the interest of long-term effectiveness, even organisations that revert to pre-COVID-19 work practices must transform so they are prepared for a whole new environment.

Innovations in Telehealth, Telemedicine

One of the first instance of innovation I noticed during the early stages of the pandemic was the CoronaTracker app, created by a team of researchers in Malaysia.

Telehealth and telemedicine are now getting attention as well. The government’s move to quickly adopt technology and transform by developing virtual health advisories and using live chats and webinars is in line with this.  Malaysia’s telemedicine blueprint, crafted in the late 90s, envisioned a time when patients could receive remote healthcare. In the wake of the pandemic, a Malaysian tech startup, DoctorOnCall, has offered a virtual health advisory platform for people to consult doctors amid the coronavirus outbreak. Innovation, being cited as one of the areas of emphasis of Malaysia’s future health care system in the blueprint, is now in full effect.

Moving forward, solutions in telehealth and telemedicine will require the promise of better data management and security. The public also expects platforms for these purposes are designed to protect the safety of all personal data. Internationally, organisations involved in contact tracing apps or devices have ensured all data collected will be stored privately and anonymised on their platforms. Their approach also includes the data being held in trust until requested by relevant local authorities who will, with their respective contact tracing protocols, choose to contact users.

E-Learning

90% of future jobs will require digital literacy. However, the world has fast-forwarded to the future in a matter of weeks. The call for schools, institutions and universities worldwide to instantly begin offering virtual learning options is gaining momentum. Malaysian institutions offering online courses in areas such as cybersecurity, data analytics, coding, artificial intelligence and other digital skills, have received very good response.

Meanwhile, many varsities have shifted to online classes to minimise the spread of infection, said Universiti Malaya’s Academic Enhancement and Leadership Development Centre (ADeC) e-learning Head, Dr Zahiruddin Fitri Abu Hassan.

To ensure effective learning continues, institutions in Malaysia offering online courses include MDEC’s Premier Digital Tech Institutions (PDTIs).

Fundamental challenges prevail in elearning, all of which need to be addressed if Malaysia wishes to accelerate the digital economy. In a recent report by a local newspaper, Professor Dr Abdul Karim Alias, Director of the Centre for Development of Academic Excellence (CDAE), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) states that there is a dire need for an efficient system to be developed. He stresses on the challenges like the experience and skill of those imparting education online, the readiness of connectivity and devices, as well as resistant mindsets towards adopting technology. This will be the next barrier to break.

Digital Banking Services and Fintech

The population of the unbanked in Malaysia stood at 8% or two million of the country’s 24 million adults, according to Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM)’s Financial Stability and Payment Systems Report 2017. Essentially, they are unserved or underserved.

There has been a rise in fintech activity of late, rightly canvassing to be inclusive. After all, the marketplace will adjust to new realities and fintech is already adapting to these changes since the start of the pandemic. Perhaps, ultimately, the fintech companies who are able to tweak their solutions to solve today’s problems will emerge strong after the crisis, according to Dato’ Ng Wan Peng, COO of MDEC.

Concurrently, the present observation is that digital payment players that service e-commerce platforms have a strong position in this MCO scenario. This is due to the surge of online purchase brought about by millions of Malaysians who are staying at home.

As businesses and consumers turn to digital banking services, traditional financial institutions will be compelled to hasten their digital innovation efforts. Consequently, many traditional banks may seek fintech to bring more inclusive digital banking solutions to the economy. This will, possibly, make the visit to a bank an increasingly rare occurrence.

Recovery with the Digital Economy

We may be bent by COVID-19, but we will not be broken. At a dialogue session organised by Ministry of Finance (MOF) and Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation (MOSTI) recently , discussions focused on engaging our local tech startups and tech funding agencies.  Such efforts from the government and its agencies show strong commitment to continue to work and find ways how it can help mitigate the negative impact of COVID-19 on various communities.

Over the past weeks, the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) has collaborated with various industries and ministries to bring tech assistance to businesses and entrepreneurs whose source of income have been affected by the pandemic and MCO.

In line with the government’s announcement of the People-Centric Economic Stimulus Package (PRIHATIN) and the subsequent enhancements, MDEC launched the #DigitalVsCovid movement to support businesses and consumers by providing a list of e-services, e-learning and e-businesses for their convenience, and to obtain information and benefit from our digital ecosystem

Malaysia may be in the thick of battle, but as a nation, we are prepared to emerge victorious as various efforts are made to accelerate the development of digital tools and solutions and thus, hasten Malaysia’s healing.

#DigitalVsCovid

# LetsBuildTogether

Developing Trends in the Digital Economy

Skrol ke bawah untuk versi Bahasa Melayu / Scroll down for Malay version

Throughout the ages, major extraneous circumstances and calamities have been the key factors that catalysed rapid innovation, both in society and industry.

The situation in the world today has businesses in Malaysia, like elsewhere, feeling the impact brought about by the widening threat of Covid-19. The Movement Control Order (MCO) is now firmly in effect to counter the pandemic, and businesses are innovating to deal with the disruption to how they operate. The following trends are fast becoming mainstream.

1.Internal Teams Are Organising Around Remote Working Apps

Digital meeting apps including Zoom, BlueJeans, Slack, Microsoft Teams and Google Hangouts have quickly grown into the world’s largest ‘work from home’ experiment. The world seems to be working remotely. Virtual client meetings and group discussions are furiously being organised in an attempt to overcome movement and physical barriers to business, brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. App-based or online video conferencing have become indispensable, being fairly reliable, easy-to-use and accessible. The workforce is organizing itself to be a ‘Work From Home’ force.

In a previous report by Regus Global Economic Survey Globally, 48% of execs said they have been working remotely for at least half their working week; in Malaysia it is 53%, says DNA. The survey also said that 65% of the respondents used video communication between managers and employees. In May 2018, Zug, Switzerland-based serviced office provider IWG found that globally, 70 percent of professionals work remotely.

2. Businesses Are Hiring Digital Specialists

Agility is now an imperative to survival; businesses who previously were inclined to postpone digital alternatives to routine business process and sourcing talent, find themselves quickly transitioning to digitalise key business functions, including supply chain management, invoicing and marketing – all requiring specialised digital skills such as data and AI, developers, coders and digital marketeers. 

On the flip side, daily or weekly wage workers will be most affected by the pandemic according to Monash University Malaysia’s Prof Mahendhiran Sanggaran Nair, in a news report in the Star. This opens up a pool of potential talents available for hire and re-skilling.

3. Outsourcing and Freelance Jobs

Hiring workers on a need-to basis will grow as businesses explore ways to reduce physical office spaces and fixed headcounts. in an uncertain economic environment, a core business and operations team is more likely to manage a team of experts specific to a project.

Programmes like MDEC’s GLOW (Global Online Workforce) was launched to assist Malaysians leverage on crowdsourcing platforms to generate income. In addition, there is a treasure trove of talents that businesses can look at for their next freelance or remote worker hire. Here are some Malaysian job sites and portals to explore:

  1. Upwork
  2. 123RF Limited
  3. KerjaDigital
  4. Supahands Dotcom Sdn. Bhd
  5. Ezyspark
  6. Freelancing.my
  7. Freetimeworkz
  8. Favser

The Future Is Digital

90% of future jobs will require digital literacy. Presently, there is a shift from traditional job roles to building ‘composite’ capabilities that require a mix of technical and professional skills. Technologies such as AI/big data analytics, cloud computing and intelligent automation are already mission critical roles in future-savvy organisations.

MDEC’s Premier Digital Tech Institutions (PDTIs) fills the demand by providing a pipeline of skilled digital talents for future jobs. A result of a collaboration between MDEC, the Ministry of Education Malaysia and industry leaders, the PDTI branded academic institutions deliver end-to-end solutions to ensure that future graduates are educated and trained into becoming dynamic members of an innovation-driven and digital-powered Malaysia.

Several PDTIs are also offering eLearning courses worthy of note during the MCO period, and they may just be where you find your next Cybersecurity or Data Science hire during and beyond the Covid-19 pandemic.

Let’s for a moment consider this; the International Data Corporation (IDC) predicted that by 2022, over 21% of Malaysia’s gross domestic product (GDP) will be contributed by the digital economy.  Even as we expect bumps on the year ahead, the digital economy certainly has the ability to weather challenges and will be one of the main areas driving Malaysia’s economic progress to deliver shared prosperity. The time is ripe to re-consider current plans and redirect businesses towards the digital economy, and encourage the digital businesses to tread new ground.

by Raymond Siva, CMO, MDEC


MEMBANGUNKAN TREND DALAM EKONOMI DIGITAL

Terjemahan artikel , Raymond Siva, Ketua Pegawai Pemasaran, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)

Sejak dahulu, pelbagai faktor luaran seperti malapetaka atau bencana alam telah menyebabkan inovasi terhadap masyarakat dan industri.

Perkembangan sama berulang apabila dunia kini ‘diserang’ pandemik Covid-19 yang turut membawa pelbagai implikasi.  Malaysia turut tidak terkecuali sehingga kerajaan terpaksa menguatkuasakan Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan (PKP) bagi membendung penularan virus ini. Langkah ini secara tidak langsung telah memberi kesan kepada pelbagai urusan harian termasuk aktiviti perniagaan. Bagaimanapun, ledakan teknologi digital dilihat dapat membantu perniagaan terus beroperasi. Ironinya, pelbagai sektor mula beralih kepada penggunaan teknologi digital untuk beroperasi ketika ini. 

  1.  Syarikat melaksanakan aplikasi bekerja bukan dari pejabat

Aplikasi untuk bermesyuarat secara maya seperti Zoom, BlueJeans, Slack, Microsoft dan Google Hangouts kini berkembang dengan pantas sebagai ‘medium penting’ untuk menjayakan polisi komuniti bekerja dari rumah yang terbesar di dunia ketika ini. Masyarakat global kini ‘bekerja’ tanpa pejabat apabila mesyuarat penting bersama pelanggan dan perbincangan dalaman operasi turut dilaksanakan menerusi kaedah ini disebabkan keterbatasan yang timbul akibat pandemik Covid-19.

Aplikasi komunikasi secara sidang tele video menjadi  keperluan mustahak serta mudah untuk diakses dan digunakan. Pekerja sedang membiasakan diri dengan polisi serta budaya kerja baharu ini.

Perkembangan terkini menyaksikan kewujudan pelbagai aplikasi untuk mengadakan mesyuarat secara maya. 

Berdasarkan laporan terkini oleh Regus Global Economic Survey Globally, sebanyak 48 peratus pekerja mengakui mereka telah mula bertugas secara bukan dari pejabat sekurang -kurangnya lebih dua hari daripada lima hari waktu bekerja seminggu. 

Di Malaysia, laporan DNA menunjukkan kadar peratusan bekerja melalui kaedah ini telah mencapai 53 peratus.  Tinjauan sama juga mendedahkan sebanyak 65 peratus responden telah menggunakan aplikasi komunikasi video dengan pengurusan.  Pada Mei 2018, Zug, iaitu sebuah syarikat yang berpengkalan di Switzerland mendapati sebanyak 70 peratus sektor profesional di dunia kini beroperasi secara tanpa pejabat.

2- Perniagaan kini memerlukan pakar digital

Kepantasan kini menjadi sangat mustahak untuk meneruskan perniagaan. Syarikat yang sebelum ini kurang memberi tumpuan terhadap pendigitalan termasuk tenaga kerja kini dengan pantas mula mengaplikasi fungsi digital untuk perniagaan teras. Selain itu, pengurusan rantaian bekalan, invois dan pemasaran mula menerima sentuhan teknologi digital termasuk data, teknologi kepintaran buatan (AI), pemaju, pengekodan dan pemasar digital.

Melihat daripada aspek lain, pekerja yang menerima gaji harian atau mingguan merupakan golongan paling terancam oleh wabak ini. Menurut  Prof Mahendhiran Sanggaran Nair dari Universiti Monash dalam laporan The Star, perkembangan ini akan membuka peluang kepada kumpulan bakat yang berpotensi untuk ditawarkan peluang pekerjaan.

  • Sumber Luar dan Pekerja Separuh Masa

Mengupah pekerja berdasarkan keperluan asas akan mengurangkan penggunaan ruang pejabat secara fizikal dan mengatasi lebihan perbelanjaan. Dalam persekitaran ekonomi yang tidak menentu, syarikat biasanya akan menggunakan tenaga pakar yang penting untuk menyelesaikan sesuatu projek. 

Program Global Online Workforce oleh MDEC dilancarkan untuk membantu rakyat  Malaysia memanfaatkan platform crowdsourcing untuk menjana pendapatan. Di samping itu, terdapat lambakan tenaga kerja yang boleh ‘diintai’ oleh syarikat -syarikat untuk mendapatkan pekerja sambilan atau pekerja ‘bebas’ . Berikut merupakan beberapa laman web dan portal kerja Malaysia untuk diterokai:

  1. Upwork
  2. 123RF Limited
  3. KerjaDigital
  4. Supahands Dotcom Sdn. Bhd
  5. Ezyspark
  6. Freelancing.my
  7. Freetimeworkz
  8. Favser

Digital merupakan masa depan

Pada masa depan, dianggarkan sebanyak 90 peratus pekerjaan memerlukan kemahiran literasi digital. Ketika ini, terdapat ‘pergeseran’ kerana wujud ketidakpastian membabitkan campuran skop tugasan yang memerlukan kemahiran teknikal dan kemahiran profesional. Teknologi seperti analisis data, pengkomputeran awan dan automasi cerdas sudah menjadi peranan kritikal dalam organisasi pada masa depan.

Pada masa ini, terdapat peralihan dari peranan kerja tradisional untuk membina keupayaan ‘komposit’ yang memerlukan gabungan kemahiran teknikal dan profesional

Beberapa universiti dan kolej di bawah program Institut Teknologi Digital Premier (PDTI) anjuran MDEC telah menawarkan kursus e-Pembelajaran . Pada ketika PKP, syarikat -syarikat yang memerlukan pekerja berkemahiran dalam data sains atau keselamatan siber boleh menemui ‘kakitangan’ yangs sesuai untuk membantu melancarkan operasi. 

PDTI memenuhi permintaan dengan menyediakan saluran bakat digital yang mahir untuk pekerjaan pada masa hadapan. Hasil daripada kerjasama antara MDEC, Kementerian Pelajaran Malaysia dan pemimpin industri, institusi pendidikan akademik yang mempunyai reputasi ini berfungsi sebagai ‘penyelesaian’ untuk memastikan bahawa graduan masa depan dilatih menjadi pekerja yang dinamik . Semua ini bertitik tolak daripada inovasi serta didorong teknologi digital yang berkembang dengan pesat di Malaysia. 

Berdasarkan data Perbadanan Data Antarabangsa (IDC), dianggarkan lebih 21 peratus daripada Keluaran Dalam Negara Kasar (KDNK) negara akan disumbangkan oleh ekonomi digital. Di sebalik jangkaan berlaku kelembapan ekonomi pada tahun hadapan,  ekonomi digital tentunya mempunyai keupayaan untuk menghadapi cabaran dan akan menjadi salah satu bidang utama yang memacu pertumbuhan ekonomi Malaysia untuk mencapai hasrat Dasar Kemakmuran Bersama yang digariskan kerajaan. Kini  merupakan masa sesuai untuk mempertimbangkan semula rancangan semasa dan mengubah perniagaan ke arah ekonomi digital dan menggalakkan perniagaan digital untuk   berkembang.

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