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Even though young Indians believe robots in the workplace are part of the future, young adults in India still believe in the importance of human skills, a survey by Telenor group has revealed.

In India, 66 per cent of millennials said they were ‘excited’ about future opportunities in the internet and digital sectors. Also, 57 per cent of Indian youth said mobile/internet technology will be ‘important’ in their career by 2020, mirroring the average of 63 per cent of youth aggregated in all six nations. Only 3 per cent said technology is ‘not really important’ for their future.

Respondents in all but one of the countries agreed that non-technical skills will also be important for jobs of the future. The highest numbers of Indian (36 per cent), Bangladeshi (34 per cent) and Pakistani (37 per cent) youth maintained that the most important skills for a great future job will be the ‘ability to inspire others, and leadership capability’. More than one in four of the surveyed Singaporean youth prioritise ‘people management and emotional intelligence’ (27 per cent ). Nearly one in three Myanmar youth leaned towards ‘creativity, cognitive flexibility’ (29 per cent ). In Malaysia, 24 per cent stated that tech-related ‘mobile and web development, and super coding skills,’ were the most important. The skills that Indian millennials rated as the least important future job skills are data analysis, research and interpretation (12 per cent ).

On which jobs robots would most likely replace humans in, 38 per cent of Indian respondents said the manufacturing and engineering industries would see the most machine takeovers.

“With the second highest number of Internet users in the world, India is fast emerging as a digital powerhouse of the world. This survey gives us an interesting perspective on how technology is impacting our youth in their careers and jobs.” says Sharad Mehrotra, chief executive officer, Telenor India Communications.

The multi-market ‘Jobs of the Future’ study surveyed 4,200 respondents aged 15-25 in India, Bangladesh, Singapore, Malaysia, Myanmar and Pakistan. It was conducted via targeting through the Telenor Group Facebook with a sample size of 700 secondary school, or university students per market used in the results analysis.

Source Articel http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/catalyst/young-indians-see-careers-in-digital-internet/article9163233.ece

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