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Digital is changing the working world

The EPFL Extension School is working to increase digital capabilities for everyone, not just for people involved in IT or other tech-heavy roles. Why? Because digital is changing almost every job, either right now or in the near future.

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What industry experts say:

World Economic Forum

"The accelerating pace of technological, demographic and socio-economic disruption is transforming industries and business models, changing the skills that employers need and shortening the shelf-life of employees’ existing skill sets in the process.... On average, by 2020, more than a third of the desired core skill sets of most occupations will be comprised of skills that are not yet considered crucial to the job today, according to our respondents."

World Economic Forum, The Future of Jobs, Skills Stability

"Given the ongoing wave of digitalization, Switzerland’s prosperity largely depends on the health of the ICT industry; this goes beyond the ICT sector itself and thanks to the new, well-paid jobs it creates, more than makes up for any job losses caused by structural changes."

Nils Braun-Dubler, Partner IWSB, Digital Innovation in Switzerland, ICT Industry

Burning Glass Technologies

"It has been clear for some time that technological illiteracy, much less technophobia, is no longer a sustainable option for the modern worker.... Entire sectors of the economy have no place for workers who do not at least have basic digital skills."

Crunched by the Numbers: The Digital Skills Gap in the Workforce, Burning Glass Technologies, March 2015

McKinsey and Company

"The net impact of new technologies on employment can be strongly positive. A 2011 study by McKinsey’s Paris office found that the Internet had destroyed 500,000 jobs in France in the previous 15 years—but at the same time had created 1.2 million others, a net addition of 700,000, or 2.4 jobs created for every job destroyed. The growing role of big data in the economy and business will create a significant need for statisticians and data analysts.... Digital technology also can enable new forms of entrepreneurial activity. Workers in small businesses and self-employed occupations can benefit from higher income earning opportunities."

McKinsey and Company: Technology, Jobs, and the Future of Work, December 2016

Economiesuisse, Digitalswitzerland and ICT Switzerland

"The economy and industry associations Economiesuisse, Digitalswitzerland, and ICT Switzerland have measured the state of digitalization across Swiss society, from infrastructure to research and safety to the legal norms. The result is sobering: the country is only 45 percent digitized. Especially dramatic: the economic sector is lagging behind this figure. The score is only 36 percent. 'The analyses show clearly that there is still a lot of potential for digitization in many industries,' says Kurt Lanz, Managing Director Economiesuisse.", 100 Digital Shapers 2017