Leading edtech platform Great Learning has released the global edition of its ‘Upskilling Trends Report 2023’. The report sheds light on the latest trends around the intent to upskill, motivation factors driving people to upskill, hurdles preventing others from upskilling, the impact of offices opening up on upskilling, etc. The trends are derived from a combination of Great Learning’s own learner behavior as well as a dipstick amongst a sample of working professionals across the globe.
More professionals in India consider upskilling important to future-proof careers than their global counterparts.
In India, 85% of professionals consider upskilling important to future-proof their careers, whereas globally, on average, only 76% of professionals consider upskilling to be as important. 84% of South-East Asian professionals and 76% of professionals from Latin America give importance to upskilling when it comes to future-proofing their careers. In contrast, only 64% and 66% of professionals from more developed regions like the US and the Middle East, respectively, consider upskilling important for future-proofing their careers.
83% Indian professionals plan to upskill in 2023 vs 74% professionals globally.
Following the pattern, 83% of professionals in India are planning to upskill this year, while only 47% of professionals plan to upskill in the US despite it being a mature market. In regions like the Middle East, South East Asia, and LATAM, the percentage of professionals who plan to upskill in 2023 is 79%, 77%, and 80%, respectively.
Career growth within the same organisation and personal interest cited as top reasons to upskill.
Career growth within the same organization is the top factor motivating professionals to upskill in the US, LATAM, South East Asia, India, and the Middle East. Personal interest is the next most popular reason for professionals in these regions. This is followed by acquiring a new job. When asked about the impact of offices opening in their plans to upskill, 59 % of professionals across the globe feel that it will impact their decision to upskill. Only 39% of professionals in the US feel it will impact their decision whereas 67% in India and South East Asia, 60 % in LATAM, and 57 % in the Middle East feel offices opening up will impact their decision to upskill.