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‘Machine learning, AI top professionals’ reskilling list’

Data science, cloud computing come next, says Simplilearn

July 21, 2018 09:18 pm | Updated 09:18 pm IST - BENGALURU

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Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are the most widely chosen domains for reskilling among working tech professionals in India, according to the findings of education technology company Simplilearn.

The firm’s ‘Career Impact Survey 2018’ which was aimed at analyzing the impact of professional certifications and reskilling among working professionals revealed that AI and ML domains were chosen by 25% of respondents. This was followed by big data and data science domains chosen by 20% of the participants.

Other new age categories such as ‘digital marketing, cloud computing, cybersecurity, DevOps and Agile and Scrum’ together saw 55% uptake in reskilling among professionals.

The certification courses helped 31% of professionals to enhance their performance, gain manager and peer appreciation, according to the survey. The survey said 40% of the people who had taken certification courses, admitted to feeling more confident at work.

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“Going digital is indispensable for a company’s survival today and likewise, it has become crucial for professionals to proactively upgrade their skills to meet the latest industry requirements,” said Krishna Kumar, founder and CEO, Simplilearn, in a statement.

According to the survey, 44% of the professionals said that reskilling and certifications impacted their pay raise in the performance appraisal cycle, while 24% of the participants said it impacted their promotions. It said due to reskilling, 32 % of the respondents were able to move to other departments within their organization. When it comes to job searches, a majority of people (62% ) found professional certifications increased their prospect of finding new jobs.

The survey said, over the next three to six months, 67% of the respondents wanted to collectively hone their skills in big data, data science, AI, ML and cloud computing. In addition to technology skills, 55 % of the professionals were keen to improve their managerial ability, followed by problem-solving skills.

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