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By- Sunidhi Beeliya
Internshala Trainings, the e-learning arm of Internshala, recently brought out a report highlighting young graduates' interest to acquire stock market trading and investment skills. The platform has registered an 8X increase in enrolments in their beginner's trading certification training from 2016 to 2021.
As per the report, 60% of the enrolments were made by learners to hone new-age trading skills practically, which indicates positively towards youths' growing risk appetite, interest in unconventional ways of saving, and willingness to build a hefty corpus over time.
They majorly enrolled in an online trading course to understand concepts like share trading, financial and technical analysis, virtual trading, stock exchanges, market myths, and financial ratios. Around 25% of the students registered in the certified training program with the objective of securing an internship or job opportunity in the future.
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Male and female candidates showcased a somewhat equal share of interest in learning trading tactics with 55% and 45% enrolments respectively. 65% of all these students, enrolled in the training, dedicatedly completed all the modules, assignments, and projects and achieved their learning goals.
The growing recruitment and career opportunities are the reason why trading skills is gaining popularity among young graduates. Unsplash
The report suggested that the growing recruitment drives and career opportunities in the field of finance, trading, investment, and stocks are another reason why trading skills are gaining popularity among young graduates. Stock market management was the most popular profile among employers hiring interns in the investment domain, during 2020-21. Apart from core trading, organisations also posted internships majorly for business development (sales), content writing, marketing, and social media marketing profile in trading, mutual funds, or stock market-related domains.
Addressing young graduates' interest in the trading domain, Sarvesh Agrawal, the founder and CEO of Internshala said, "Trading is a valuable life skill that entices youngsters who seek financial independence, are tech-savvy, dare to face challenges, and are willing to take more risks. Our beginners trading certification training is a comprehensive program designed to help students learn investment, buy their own stocks, get a job, or start their own investment-based business."
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He further added, "As we believe that #practicemakesprogress, through our training, young graduates can leverage the power of practice-based, affordable, self-paced, and accessible online trading courses, and become a professional at it. To provide them high-quality practical-first learning experience, our learners also get access to a virtual trading platform with virtual cash and real stock market data from the NSE stock market to constantly practice, strengthen their concepts, and master their trading skills."
The field of UI/UX focuses on product development and involves roles that are both creatively and technologically driven. UI (user interface) involves the usage of images, typography, colours, and other visually appealing elements to create the look and feel of a product. On the other hand, UX (user experience) deals with the technical aspects of a product, understands the users' journey, solves their problems, and works on what happens behind the screen. While hiring experts in the field, vacancies usually list UI and UX requirements under a single role and want someone to work simultaneously on both. Although there are various similarities between the two, few additional skills are needed for a UI expert to work on UX and vice-versa. As the key focus of every business is to build a customer-centric product, career opportunities for UI/UX experts are growing rapidly. Listed below are a few interesting roles in UI/UX that can help you satisfy your passion and apply your skills for product development and secure lucrative pay in 2021.
1.UI designer - UI designers work on websites, mobile apps, games, and other tech-driven products to create a positive visual experience for their customers. Putting themselves in the users' shoes, UI designers create actionable buttons, make everything easily understandable, and ensure smooth navigation through elements like space, size, colour, typography, shape, and pattern. Right from when the customer installs a mobile app or visits a website, to when they make a purchase or avail the service, UI designers guarantee that they are rightly guided through different elements and reach their ultimate goal. Knowledge of design principles, wireframing and prototypes, user research, style guides, and popular industry software can help you build a reputed position as a UI designer.
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2.UI/UX researcher - UI/UX researchers help fulfil the core objective of developing a user-friendly product through proper market and user research. They are involved in the initial stage of development wherein they study and analyse the motive behind a product, target audience and their geographics and demographics, customer preferences, purchasing trends, pricing policies, and their competitors. UI/UX researchers are involved in sketching, product prototyping, and usability testing to improve, update, or innovate their products. From costs to budgets, building relationships with clients, understanding the requirements, communicating with developers and designers, to an understanding of legal policies of developing a product, researchers need to excel in all. If you have relevant product design and development, computing science, psychology, presentation, and quantitative research skills, you can find suitable job opportunities as a UI/UX researcher.
The field of UI/UX focuses on product development and involves roles that are both creatively and technologically drivenUnsplash
3.UX designer - UX designers make the overall product design, finalised by UI designers and researchers, actionable. They work on product functionality through user task flows, interaction models, and design wireframes. Apart from designing the usability and functionality of the product, they are often involved in market research, design, marketing strategies, product branding and other end-to-end tasks. UX designers must have strong creativity, problem-solving, critical thinking, and technical skills such as coding, IT and programming. Attention to detail, accuracy, knowledge of industry trends relevant to the products, commercial environment, mathematical aptitude, strict adherence to cost and deadlines, are few other things that UX designers must know to manage. In-depth understanding of all these can help you make a big name across industries like banking, education, manufacturing, software development, telecommunications, public sector, and consulting firms as a UX designer.
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4.Information architect - Information architects provide a foundation for UX to build upon. Keeping the target audience and technology being used to develop the product in mind, they structure and organise complex information systems to make it easier for the users to grasp the information. They extract data through researches and usability testing and develop easily understandable communication systems. Information architects have a great understanding of information hierarchy, content flow, wireframes, and content management. They focus on answering the "why" of a product or service and manage content that is easily searchable, discoverable, understandable, and interpretable. With strong IT, software engineering, and technical content/ information management skills, you can find great career opportunities as a freelancer, full-time, or contractual information architect.
5.UI/UX writer - UI/UX writers produce user-friendly long-form or short-form content for the product. The text on a website or apps' introduction page, the greeting messages, purchase and return guidelines, subscription popups are all planned and written by UI/UX writers. Their main purpose is to create content that guides the users and helps them attain their objective of visiting an app or website. They work hand in hand with designers, hone technical, marketing and branding writing skills, have a detailed understanding of competitors' presence and content in the market, know the content easily consumable by their target audience, and design and execute content strategies. Good hold on grammar, language skills, writing techniques, content strategy, content management systems, and working knowledge of UI and UX can help secure your career as a UI/UX writing expert.
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Close to 40 percent of workers worldwide think their job could disappear in five years, six in 10 are worried that machines would take over their jobs, and by 2025 humans and machines are predicted to spend equal amounts of time at work, according to a report published by the World Economic Forum (WEF).
Based on a survey of 32,000 workers conducted by consulting giant PwC in 19 countries, Xinhua news agency quoted the report as saying on Thursday that half of the respondents were optimistic about their future. The survey also highlighted that 60 percent of the respondents were worried about the effects of automation and 56 percent thought that fewer people would obtain long-term employment in the future.
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This prompted 61 percent of the people surveyed, most of them young, to agree that governments should protect jobs. The survey also found that 40 percent of workers used the Covid-19 lockdown last year to hone their digital skills and that 77 percent were ready to learn new skills or to retrain. Furthermore, 80 percent were confident in their ability to adapt to new technologies.
According to a previous WEF report, 85 million jobs loss may be at risk of disappearance due to the growing reliance on machines and artificial intelligence (AI), but 97 million new jobs might emerge in such a scenario. (IANS/SP)
While the job market still looks bleak in India after a pandemic-hit 2020, the world’s professional network LinkedIn said on Wednesday it has seen a 10 percent growth in members with the title ‘founders’ or ‘co-founder’ on their profiles on the platform. Entrepreneurship looked up for Indian professionals last year.
“This uptick in new entrepreneurs was particularly strong in the fields of mental healthcare, e-learning, and online media,” according to the latest LinkedIn ‘Workforce Confidence Index’. “Skills are expected to become the new professional ‘currency’ this year as workers from different generations rely on learning new skills to future-proof their careers, at a time when industries continue to strengthen their remote operations,” said Ashutosh Gupta, India Country Manager, LinkedIn.
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“Reimagining employee skills and roles to welcome the post-pandemic ways of working will be crucial to building resilience for companies across sectors,” Gupta added.
Based on the survey responses of 1,752 professionals, findings from January 1-29 revealed that professionals in India are confident about career progress despite growing uncertainties about the job market and financial future in the current environment. Nearly 80 percent of professionals are confident about skilling opportunities, while 79 percent are confident about the strength of their CVs.
However, the survey showed a dip in India’s overall confidence. The survey attributes this dip in optimism to the workforce’s growing concerns about the status of the pandemic, surmounting expenses, and job availability in the present economic climate. This professional uncertainty comes right after the year-end holiday season, when India’s hiring rate dropped to 17 percent year-over-year in December 2020, according to the latest edition of LinkedIn’s Labour Market update.
The survey showed that while India remains resilient, professionals from different generations have contrasting reasons to stay confident in these testing times. While 92 percent of Gen X and 98 percent of Baby Boomers say the strength of their work experience and academic qualifications makes them more confident, 86 percent of millennials state they are more inspired by opportunities to grow their skills and climb the ladder. Further, 80 percent of Gen Z professionals said that the likelihood of progressing their careers makes them more confident today, said the survey. (IANS/SP)