HOW DIGITAL ARE YOU? Check it out with the digital competence wheel.
Digital competence has become essential. Not only considering its role as a transversal skill to develop employability, a large part of nowadays jobs need at least a basic digital skill level, but also because during the pandemic period are developing and spreading digital platforms and tools in many fields of daily life such as the formation and instruction for instance.
Regarding the labour market, it’s easy to deduce that the list of skills requires from employers evolved in the last years. Based on the first results from CEDEFOP´s real-time labour market information project in March 2019, these are the top 10 skills requested in job vacancies: be adaptive to change, work well in team, use office software, assist customers, use a computer, solve problems, communicate well, be creative, be able to prioritise, manage projects. As you can see, some of these skills are directly linked to wider and transversal digital competence. Understand the evolution of the labour market and go after digital development should be therefore one of the priorities of our governments.
Regarding this thematic, the European Union and in particular the European Commission promoted the “Digital Agenda for the Western Balkans”. The programme is based on 5 main priorities: Lowering the cost of roaming, Deployment of broadband, Strengthening the digital economy and society, Capacity building in digital trust and security, Digitalisation of industries, Adoption, Implementation and enforcement of the EU acquis; it’s a huge opportunity for the Region not only to go forward in the EU integration process but also because represents an opportunity for young to develop in this framework their own digital competences.
Every improvement and learning process should be based on an assessment of competencies. If you want better understand your digital skills, you can test yourself with the Digital Competence Wheel, an online testing tool based on a major EU research project, DIGCOMP, deriving from the European Parliament’s inclusion of digital competence, as one of the eight core competencies for lifelong learning.
If you are curious and you want to test yourself, please follow the link below: https://digital-competence.eu/
Sources: Measures in support of a Digital Agenda for the Western Balkans, https://ec.europa.eu/neighbourhood-enlargement/sites/near/files/swd_measures_in_support_of_a_digital_agenda_for_the_western_balkans.pdf , Developing digital competence for employability: Engaging and supporting stakeholders with the use of DigComp, https://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/bitstream/JRC118711/jrc118711_digcomp4empl_stakeholders_consultation_ws_report_v1.0_in_pubsy_final_v0.pdf
Lorenzo Ferralis- BBA