2024 Human Progress Report

This insightful report is a Jobspeaker favorite. Each year, ets.org presents findings on how individuals and companies think about the future of skills. We’ve outlined a few of the top findings we find the most useful, but we encourage you to visit their site and download the full report!

“88% of global respondents feel continuous learning is essential to succeed in today’s society, making it vital for their security and well-being. In a rapidly evolving world, individuals feel a heightened pressure to keep up. There is a clear opportunity to offer increased
touchpoints, skill-building curricula and certifications that extend far past traditional schooling journeys.”

Upskilling is the future’s new currency.

 “Our findings indicate that upskilling increasingly mirrors the importance of formal education. With the rapid evolution and obsolescence of skills, individuals globally voice the need for continuous skill acquisition. However, financial constraints and uncertain returns on personal investment limit individual adoption, prompting calls for innovative government incentives and corporate solutions.”
AI presents as both disruptor and facilitator.
“AI emerges dual-faced in the educational journey — as both a disruptor, necessitating a re-evaluation of vital skills, and as a facilitator, promising tailored and enhanced learning experiences. With 72% of global respondents agreeing that they would trust AI-generated
guidance for improving skills, trust in AI-driven assessments is strong, suggesting a future where AI-driven evaluations and guidance become both accepted and mainstream.”

Accessing education: intense pressure to change, slow to react

“The ETS Human Progress Index highlights a concerning tension: among the eight nations that emphasize the importance of quality
education, India, UAE, Vietnam and Indonesia report easier access to quality education relative to Nigeria, Kenya, Mexico and Brazil, that report heightened difficulty.”

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