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Skip to 0 minutes and 6 seconds DR NICK PATTERSON: Welcome to week 2 of Career Credentials– Evidence Your Expertise in Digital Literacy. The world we live in today is affected by rapid and far reaching change. Factors such as globalisation, changing social and political contexts, and of course evolving digital technology all impact the way organisations operate. These changes represent both threats to and opportunities for organisations. For example, recent data protection regulations introduced by the EU impact the way organisations all over the world can process and store personal data. This kind of change could present challenges for organisations. Organisations, therefore, need people who have transferable skills such as digital literacy, communication, teamwork, and problem solving that can be applied to changing circumstances and contexts.

Skip to 0 minutes and 56 seconds This week we’ll address this by taking a deeper look at how the world of work is changing and what this means for you. We’ll explore and reflect on the importance of being able to demonstrate and evidence your digital literacy skills in the face of changing employability criteria. We’ll then change tack so you can evaluate your digital literacy against international qualifications frameworks and professional practice credential criteria. We’ll hone in on practical steps you can take to demonstrate your digital literacy, including how to gather evidence to showcase your capabilities. This week is a good opportunity to improve your professional prospects by learning how to effectively showcase your digital literacy. We’ve got a great week ahead.

Welcome back

In a report commissioned by Deakin, Deloitte Access Economics forecasts that soft skill-intensive occupations will account for two-thirds of all jobs by 2030, compared to half of all jobs in 2000.

Welcome to Week 2.

Digital literacy has become a necessity in the workplace.

As we learnt last week, we need to master a range of digital practices to perform our roles effectively, which means more than just learning how to use new digital tools.

We also need to manage digital information and resources carefully, and be able to assess which tools are best for different contexts.

When employees lack digital literacy, they limit their ability – as well as their organisation’s – to fully participate in the digital economy. For example, they could miss out on opportunities to implement new tools that would help them to operate more efficiently.

So, how can we show potential or current employers that we have the digital literacy skills?

What you’ll be learning

This week we start by looking at how the world of work is changing and the impact this may have on you and your employability.

Next, to get a better idea of where your digital literacy currently stands, we’ll look at some international qualifications frameworks before working through some scenarios based on Deakin’s internationally-aligned Professional Practice criteria.

By working through each step, which includes practical strategies to help you benchmark, evidence and articulate your digital literacy expertise, not only will you have a better idea about the level of your current skills, you should also be able to identify your strengths and any gaps that you need to work on.

Your task

Watch the video to find out more from Nick about the context and focus of this week’s activities.

When you’re done, read one or both of these articles about the future of employment and what skills will be required.

What threats could increasing digitisation, automation or globalisation pose for your current job, career or industry?

Alternatively, what opportunities may these changes offer?

Discuss your perspective in the comments.

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