Today’s economy is changing and so is the role that adults play in that economy.

That said, while our knowledge of this fast-paced world is also changing, so is the way we acquire knowledge is slowly changing as well.

The more we learn, the more we need to learn. And we are learning at a pace that is faster now than ever before.

This means that learning is not just something that happens in in school or college but it also needs to happen outside of it.

Learning needs to be a lifelong journey, not something you do for a time and then put away.

It is also important to have a variety of skills to keep you relevant in the changing job market.

Without these skills, individuals can be at a serious disadvantage and are bound to have a hard time progressing in their jobs and careers.

The government has put together a list of five key skill areas that adults need to improve on to advance their careers.

Using digital devices
Digital devices rule our lives. From smartphones and tablets to laptops to smart watches. Young adults need to feel confident about using new-age technology from smartphones and tablets to computers and other smart devices.

Creating & editing information
Adults need to know and understand how to create and manage content online, whether it is for social media or to create documents in office applications like Microsoft Word, Excel & PowerPoint.

Communicating
Adults need to know how to communicate and collaborate using different types of hardware and software.

Transacting
Nowadays, there are various ways to make a payment other than cash. These could include simple ways like debit or credit cards and could also cover smart-device transactions powered by Apple Pay or Google Pay or fintech platforms like PayPal or Clearpay. It would also include managing online transactions.

Safety & responsibility
Finally, the skills and knowledge required to stay safe online. This would include having a basic understanding of data security and privacy, and ensuring that information is stored and shared in a legally compliant manner.

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About Purlos:
Purlos is a London based EdTech company that helps educational institutions grow both their revenue and enrolment by transforming the ways in which they connect, engage and support their students. Purlos’s platform supports a seamless and convenient digital transformation and is being used by colleges throughout the UK to connect with over 100,000 students, engaging meaningfully with an average of 85% of students per college. Driving a measurable and rapid, return on investment for those colleges.

Amber Cousins