Computational thought

Accelerating and defining the market place of the future.

The amount of data that is collected daily by computers and various sensors is vast. There is no process taking place nowadays without the mediation of a server or a computer. This means that all employees, regardless of their post, should be in a position to analyze a certain amount of data and to develop the fundamental skills of computational thought. They should learn how to recognize simple algorithmic functions in their professional daily lives. This may sound rather complex, but it is – and will continue to be – a reality in contemporary professional life.

For instance, imagine an enterprise that advertises a job post and receives 1000 CVs. The HR department, which is responsible for the human resources in the enterprise, will have to conduct the first shortlisting and to filter the CVs they have received. In order to achieve this swiftly and effectively, they use an algorithm which will allow them to filter out the CVs that do not meet 100% of the prerequisites for the specific post. At this stage, an automatic compilation takes place which will then be processed by a human, a secretary for example. This person will have to make use of the skill of computational thought. It becomes clear that certain simple and manageable tasks cannot be carried out without the implementation of certain very specific skills.

Computational thought and the world around it are the accelerators of Skills 2020, the skills that are necessary for the job market of the future.

(Extract from the radio course by Yannis Stergis, President & CEO hyphen SA, for the radio show protifora ariston project.)


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