Top 5 trends in workplace learning in 2020

Artificial intelligence and big data will fuel companies in 2020, Udemy thought.

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Artificial intelligence (AI)
and big data have announced their presence in the company, but the impact of these technologies will reach new heights in 2020, a Udemy report discovered. The technology has made operations smarter and more efficient for retailers, healthcare, fieldwork, cyber security and more, but in 2020, AI and big data will take over the learning of companies.

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Based on what more than 40 million people learn about Udemy worldwide, including by role, industry and country, Udemy’s 2020 Workplace Learning Trends Report identified the top five trends that organizations should consider in 2020.

With both technical and soft skills crucial for landing and retaining technical jobs, the report provided the following five insights to help organizations best
training and retraining of their employees
; and AI and big data are consistent themes in these trends, according to Udemy.

Top 5 trends in workplace learning

1. AI becomes mainstream

A major shift to AI and data science has taken place over the past three years, with technical skills such as TensorFlow, chatbot, Microsoft Azure architecture, OpenCV and neural networks seeing the greatest growth from 2016 to 2019. In 2020, AI will not only be popular , but it will be the norm for companies, the report showed.

The most popular technical skills for 2020 include Python, React, Angular and machine learning, which, according to Shelley Osborne, vice president of learning at Udemy, indicated a strong emphasis on AI, data science and web development.

“In general, these technological trends demonstrate a healthy appetite for both AI and data science skills (30%) and web development frameworks (30%),” Osborne said. “As a reliable indicator of what skills are being asked, this activity illustrates why we predict that 2020 will be the year in which AI will become mainstream. So if you are looking for a first step in a growing technical profession, you can don’t go wrong with an introduction to Python or TensorFlow. ”

This theme is also shown in Udemy’s top emerging technical skills from 2020, including Gatsby.js web framework, AWS big data, React Hooks, Microsoft Azure Architecture and Next.js web framework.

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2. The full potential of people and machines will be realized

The fear or robots that steal human jobs has largely disappeared because people realized the power of robots that supported their work. The partnership between people and automation will occur even more in 2020, according to the report, as robot automation (RPA) gains ground.

According to the report, both RPA and business process management tools are among the top 10 fastest growing process and tool skills for 2020.

RPA are software robots that, according to the report, automate repetitive, manual tasks that people perform on tools such as Microsoft Excel, databases or web applications. Companies will continue to realize that the more they automate monotonous tasks, the more time human employees will have to perform more important work.

RPA systems are not the only ones who can exploit their full potential, as people expand their soft skills to focus on growth mindset, creativity and communication in 2020. Soft skills are crucial for tech professionals, with the majority (67%) of HR professionals remember jobs from qualified IT candidates because they don’t have these skills, according to a report from West Monroe Partners.

Other soft top skills that were high in the report included focus control, innovation, story telling and cultural awareness.

3. Learning and development will help reduce the workforce

Automation and other disruptive technologies will force organizations to offer more training for learning and development (L&D); and employees do not consider this shift to be a bad thing, the report found.

Most organizations (64%) have an informal or formal redeployment program for employees, which according to the report appears to be a better system than replacing old talent with new.

Employees were even optimistic about learning these new skills, of which 29% said they were excited to improve their skills with the start of automation. That said, 35% of the L&D teams said they have increased their L&D budget over the past year, the report found.

4. Organizations will evolve into a data-driven culture

According to the report, with data-driven organizations that perform better statistically than organizations that do not make data decisions, organizations in different sectors give priority to data-based skills.

Business services, financial services, software and technology, information technology, production, government and non-profit, consumer goods and retail industries all turn to data, training the technical skills of employees with deep learning, algorithms, automation, natural language processing, Excel, data analysis and the cloud.

View pages 23 to 29 in the report to find the top 10 fastest growing skills to find the top 10 fastest growing skills in each of those industries.

5. Countries will improve their coveted technical skills

According to the report, further training takes place in industries as well as around the world.

The US, India, Brazil, the UK and Germany are expected to have the most professionals who will learn popular technical skills by 2020. With regard to the top countries with the highest knowledge of popular technical skills per student, Bulgaria, Italy, Ukraine, Greece, and Canada topped the list, the report found.

In general, the report revealed how crucial further training and retraining of employees will be in 2020.

For more information, read How you can prepare your staff for the digital age at TechRepublic.

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