Webinar is one of the useful activities that are spreading during this pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many impacts, both negative and positive. One of the impacts of this pandemic is the demand for improvement or renewal of worker skills. This demand arises due to the pandemic conditions which have changed many aspects of life to digitize various processes as well as changing market needs.
One example of changing the form of the process to digital is online training webinar. Various forms of webinars on training and self-development have emerged during this pandemic. One of the factors is the prohibition of creating events with many participants offline in order to avoid mass transmission of the virus. Therefore, these activities are routed online. This change allows people from various regions to participate in activities in other areas. Even in other parts of the world without spending a lot of effort, energy and money.
From the event organizer’s side too, the opportunity to attract a wider audience is higher. Of course this activity benefits both parties.
How much is the interest put in this activity?
Apart from students, workers and prospective workers also widely participate. According to data from the World Economic Forum, the increase in the number of enthusiasts for this activity during the pandemic is high. The number of individuals who took the initiative to seek opportunities through online training quadrupled. Meanwhile, the increase in the number of employers providing online learning and training opportunities for their workers increased by five fold. The increase in the number of interested parties accessing this activity through government programs was even greater, namely nine times.
Of the total applicants, individuals with worker status are under more pressure to take part in online webinars as part of the implementation of the upskilling and reskilling programs. Thus, 88% of the total number of participants are workers. As for prospective workers, they have more pressure to adopt skills in the field of digital technology. For instance, data analysis, computer science and information technology.