Empowering Pakistani Youth to Unlock Global Opportunities

The competition is intense not only for corporations but also for the knowledgeable individuals leading this revolutionary journey in today’s fast-paced race toward digitalization. The vast global digital economy, estimated to be worth $23 trillion by 2025, offers significant opportunities for young people worldwide, including those in Pakistan’s abundant talent pool.

It is essential that young people acquire digital skills at an international level in order to take advantage of this wealth of global prospects. But even though Pakistan is one of the top five countries in the world with the greatest community of freelancers, providing a wide range of digital services to clients throughout the globe, there is a big disparity between the potential of local talent and the chances available to them.

These startling facts apply when one compares Pakistan’s IT landscape to those of other developing nations. Pakistan’s total worldwide contribution to IT services exports is insignificant, even though the country did not even rank in the top 100. This is despite the fact that local IT exports reached US$2.1 billion in 2023. With 60% of the population being under 30 and a teledensity of almost 80%, this discrepancy is worrisome, particularly in light of the nation’s hidden potential.

The problem is further compounded by the ongoing issue of brain drain. According to recent data, Pakistan saw the largest outflow of skilled people since 2015 when over 860,000 people departed.

When they do succeed in leaving their home country, many immigrants experience extreme disappointment and misery since they were frequently misled and encouraged by recruitment agencies and human traffickers to have unrealistic expectations of a bright future abroad. In particular, this is true for young people from middle-class or lower-class families who end up working overseas, living in unstable financial situations, or returning to Pakistan with empty pockets and crushed hopes.

What action is possible in this case? In order to enable young people in Pakistan to fully realize their potential and compete for regular livelihood possibilities worldwide, it is necessary to remove obstacles to skill development that stand in their way.

In today’s global market, where possibilities abound and competition is intense, developing competitive skills is critical. It becomes imperative to set oneself apart with useful, practical abilities. Offering specialized courses in in-demand fields is therefore imperative in order to meet this requirement and make sure that participants are not only prepared to enter the market but also well-positioned to leave their imprint there.

Online and traditional learning environments both act as revolutionary enablers in meeting this requirement. An effort to provide Pakistan’s young with globally competitive skills is called Skills360. The goal of this platform is to make it unnecessary for people to leave their family and country of origin, saving them the hardships and hardships that come with trying to live abroad.

With the help of Skills360, students may develop their skills for success in the global arena by having access to cutting-edge facilities, a curriculum designed with the needs of the digital age in mind, and assistance from top industry professionals.

Pakistan is a talented country, but it can yet be a while before its full potential is reached. For the youth of this nation, there is, nonetheless, some bright side. Pakistan has a history of being a developing country that has been slow to capitalize on shifts that lead markets. But the moment is here for a change. The nation may enable its young people to lead and prosper in the global digital environment in addition to enabling them to engage in it through programs that provide appropriate direction and mentorship.

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