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Boomers show that age is no barrier for upskilling in India

From photography and video editing to artificial intelligence and machine learning, those over 50 are dabbling in everything. Professionals in the 30-45 age group form the bulk of India’s $2.5 billion online upskilling industry. But industry sources say the above 50-year category saw the fastest growth — a whopping 40 percent — over the last year

January 29, 2021 / 01:02 PM IST

Vasudha Rajwade, 52, a home-based chef from Nagpur, had tied up with food aggregators to sell her breads and cakes. Success was limited because she felt that she wasn’t able to take good pictures to make her food look attractive.

In 2020, Rajwade enrolled in a 10-month basic photography and video editing online course at a multimedia institute. Now, she feels business is picking up — after she was began to not only post better pictures but also record the cooking process.

“I was initially not sure about whether I would be able to learn technology at this age. But surprisingly it wasn’t difficult,” she added.

Upskilling has generally been perceived to be the domain of corporate professionals in their 30s and 40s looking to get a boost in their careers. However, over the last year there has been a surge in individuals above 50 actively pursuing such courses.