While the Spanish learnt the piano online, Indians went for communication skills during lockdown

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  • According to Udemy report on ‘What the world is learning (From home)’ the online learning enrollments in India went up by a whopping 606% for courses teaching communication skills.
  • This is followed by the demand for courses in financial analysis and business fundamentals at 311% and 281%, respectively.
  • The demand for soft skills like growth mindset, creativity, innovation and focus mastery witnessed the highest growth in enrollments on Udemy.
  • Overall, the online learning enrollments surged by 200%.
Essentially, the masses in India don’t speak English as their first language. However for corporates, soft skills like business communication are a non-negotiable requirement. This has led to an increased demand for online courses in the domain.

According to Udemy report on ‘What the world is learning (From home)’ the online learning enrollments in India went up by a whopping 606% for courses teaching communication skills after people were confined to their homes due to Coronavirus lockdown.

“There is increased interest in online courses to feed personal interests and new hobbies, such as Ukulele and Technical Drawing. Demand for particular online learning topics also varies by country and geographic area, such as communication skills in India and Piano in Spain,” the report said.
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This is followed by the demand for courses in financial analysis and business fundamentals at 311% and 281%, respectively.

The demand for soft skills like growth mindset, creativity, innovation and focus mastery witnessed the highest growth in enrollments on Udemy. “If I were to generalize a bit, then routine and mono-skilled roles will be replaced with specialists, insights-driven and multidisciplinary roles. Skills like creativity, empathy, collaboration will gain even more prominence,” Sanjiv Mehta, CEO, HUL said in a webinar.

Overall, the online learning enrollments witnessed a 200% increase. This may be because the employees too are working in a remote setu and they are now keen on acquiring new skills.
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“As a result of this pandemic, we are all being forced to learn. Some of us are learning how to work from home and how to work from home along with kids. Others are learning out of necessity because of job loss or an uncertain professional future. Learning requires effort, but it can help us make progress from where we are today to where we want to be,” said Padraig Nash, Director of Learning Science and Instructional Design at Udemy.

That reiterates the findings of the LinkedIn’s Workforce Confidence Index report that says over 65% of all the job seekers, employees and self-employed professionals will increase time spent in online learning over the next two weeks.

In fact, the Udemy report highlights an 80% increase in usage from businesses and governments, globally.
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