By: Greg Gutkowski, bestselling author and guest blogger

The digital transformation has disrupted, and in some cases, degraded entire industries. Let’s examine the impact of this phenomenon on future jobs and discuss an approach to addressing this unprecedented development in the history of humankind.

The price of technology decreased roughly 10,000-fold over the last 20 years. The computing power of our smartphones would have cost about $4 million as little as 20 years ago. Today, we carry in our pockets more computing power than it took the Apollo mission to go to the moon and back. As of 2016, more people around the world own smartphones than toothbrushes.

Entire industries have been disrupted by the digital revolution, including music publishing by Apple iTunes, traditional print and TV advertising by Google, retail by Amazon, traditional media by social media, taxis by Uber, and hotels by Airbnb. Never have we experienced such a rapid increase in the power of technology with a simultaneous steep drop in pricing. These two drivers account for most of the progress and disruption, and the pace of technological change is not going to slow down anytime soon.

Digital​ ​technologies​ ​are​ ​having​ ​a​ ​profound​ ​impact​ ​on​ ​all​ ​industries.​ B​ig Data, the Internet of Things, 3D printing, robotics, cloud computing, social media, mobile devices, artificial intelligence, augmented reality and machine learning—they all impact architecture, agriculture, education, healthcare, banking, financial services, news, politics, entertainment, manufacturing, sports, and tourism to name a few.

All​ ​business​ ​processes​ ​in​ ​all​ ​industries​ ​are​ ​greatly​ ​impacted​ ​by​ ​digitization.​ T​his includes recruiting, professional development, public relations, marketing, sales, customer service, finance and IT. Today, every professional job has a digital component to it.

On September 7, 2016, in a nearly unanimous vote of 367-4, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a resolution calling for the United States to develop a national Internet of Things strategy (IoT). The House IoT Resolution, H.Res. 847, acknowledges the tremendous transformational economic and societal potential of digital technologies. It highlights​ ​the​ ​importance​ ​of​ ​a​ ​national​ ​strategy​ ​to​ ​ensure​ ​that​ ​the​ ​U.S.​ ​continues​ ​to​ ​lead the​ ​world​ ​in​ ​technology​ ​innovation.

Ultimately, the success of the digital transformation depends on addressing the digital​ ​skills gap, which, according to McKinsey & Company,​ ​”imposes​ ​on​ ​the​ ​United​ ​States​ ​the economic​ ​equivalent​ ​of​ ​a​ ​permanent​ ​national​ ​recession.”

The Future of Jobs, a new report from the World Economic Forum claims that five years from now, 35 percent of skills that are considered important in today’s workforce will have changed.

More companies are requiring a mix of technology and people skills, and 2016 is being called the year of the hybrid job. In an analysis commissioned by Bentley University, researchers examined 24 million job listings, looking for key skills across nine industries. They found that employers want multifaceted employees who possess hard skills such as digital technologies, coupled with traditional soft skills like communication and collaboration.

We need to address digital skills gap with the effective K-12/college digital literacy curriculum. The very rapid technology changes left many teachers unprepared to provide educational or vocational leadership in the context of the vital digital skills.

Based on the extensive practical experience, 3CLICKS.US has developed a series of online courses to inspire students, teachers, parents and professionals to discover the vast array of digital transformation feasibilities and opportunities. They explain how enhancing digital skills can positively impact their professional lives, businesses, careers and communities.

You can contact Greg Gutkowski at greg.gutkowski@3clicks.us

November 20, 2017
skills gap | technology gap | education

Digital Transformation & The Future Of Jobs

By: Greg Gutkowski, bestselling author and guest blogger The digital transformation has disrupted, and in some cases, degraded entire industries. Let’s examine the impact of this phenomenon on future jobs and discuss an approach to addressing this unprecedented development in the history of humankind. The price of technology decreased roughly 10,000-fold over the last 20 years. The computing power of our smartphones would have cost about $4 million as little as 20 years ago. Today, we carry in our pockets more computing power than it took the Apollo mission to go to the moon and back. As of 2016, more people around the world own smartphones than toothbrushes. Entire industries have been disrupted by the digital revolution, including music publishing by Apple iTunes, traditional print and TV advertising by Google, retail by Amazon, traditional media by social media, taxis by Uber, and hotels by Airbnb. Never have we experienced such a rapid increase in the power of technology with a simultaneous steep drop in pricing. These two drivers account for most of the progress and disruption, and the pace of technological change is not going to slow down anytime soon. Digital​ ​technologies​ ​are​ ​having​ ​a​ ​profound​ ​impact​ ​on​ ​all​ ​industries.​ […]
October 30, 2017
Equifax | Data Breach | Prevent Hack

Lessons From Equifax: How You Can Prevent an Avoidable Security Breach

Equifax: Lessons From an Avoidable Cyber Security Breach Disaster What Happened to Equifax? Equifax recently revealed that highly sensitive personal and financial information for around 145 million U.S. consumers was compromised in a cybersecurity breach that began in late spring due to an IT vulnerability. There are only around 125 million households in the U.S. The breach included sensitive information such as Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers. What was the Equifax IT Vulnerability? The reported vulnerability that attackers exploited to access Equifax’s system was in the Apache Struts web-application software, a widely used enterprise platform. But as subsequent coverage of the incident has unfolded, it has become clear that Equifax had institutional problems maintaining systems in a secure state. To top it off, the attackers had access to the network for a long period of time and left plenty of clues that they were there, none of which were detected until much later. How to Avoid an Equifax Disaster? Anti-virus and Firewalls are no longer enough to keep the bad guys out. Companies must now take the proactive measure of locating and remediating their IT vulnerabilities within their networks, devices, proprietary applications and […]
July 13, 2017

Pelocity Improving Veteran Employment Opportunities

ATG CEO Stephen Pollan spoke with WJCT on June 22, 2017 about how Pelocity is teaming up to improve veteran employment throughout Northeast Florida.   The U.S. Department of Labor recently released its March 2017 Veteran Employment Update showing that 40 of the 50 states experienced a drop in their veteran unemployment rate over the past year, though Florida remained unchanged at 4.7 percent. To better help Florida’s veterans, Pelocity, a cutting-edge career guidance software company based in Jacksonville, has partnered with the Jacksonville Military Veterans Coalition (JMVC) to connect more veterans with employers looking to fill high-wage, high-demand careers in the state. Through a partnership with the Learning Alliance Corporation, a grant from the Department of Defense and the gracious endorsement of retired Brig. Gen. Michael P. Fleming, Pelocity is aiming to connect as many as 2,000 of our nation’s noble veterans with military-friendly employers. “As Chair of the JMVC, we are constantly seeking partners who add value to our military veterans. The professionals at Pelocity provide high-quality career support to veterans at no cost, which is a powerful combination,” said Fleming. “We are fortunate to partner with Pelocity to enhance our support. We thank Pelocity for their commitment […]
June 8, 2017
Unemployment | Salary | Ability Assessment | ATG

Unemployment: The Lowdown, Slowdown and Showdown

What’s the lowdown? According to the U.S. Labor Department, the unemployment rate has fallen to 4.3 percent, its lowest point since 2001. Some analysts believe the 138,000 U.S. jobs added in May will even be enough to encourage the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates later in June. But it’s not all good news. The rate of job growth has actually been slowing down in recent months – and that could mean trouble for both employers and job seekers. Why the slowdown? The economy has been steadily recovering from the Great Recession. At the current hiring pace, unemployment could soon drop to a level that some analysts would claim indicates a healthy economy. Others believe this slowdown is necessary to maintain balance. Either way, the job market waters are murky. Many people that were considered unemployed were not necessarily hired but had actually stopped looking for work in recent weeks. While this had a positive impact on the unemployment rate, the fact remains that fewer new job opportunities are being posted. The showdown Fewer new jobs are going up yet job openings are still at an all-time high, meaning companies are not actually filling as many positions. With more job […]