I generally consider myself relatively tech-savvy; I try to keep up with the latest systems, developments, tools, and gadgets, I try new technologies when they come along, and I feel I pick up new technologies fairly quickly.
But as it turns out, when it comes to digital technologies, I’m in the worst stage of competence possible:
Unconscious incompetence – The individual does not understand or know how to do something and does not necessarily recognize the deficit. In other words, I think I know a lot, but I really don’t.
How do I know this?
I just took PwC’s Digital Fitness assessment, and my score was a sobering 214 points out of 420. In academia, that would be an F. In PwC’s assessment tool, I am labeled as an “Explorer”. An Explorer is defined as follows:
“It sounds like you’re curious about digital and already embracing the ways it can change your life and work. Moving a little further from your comfort zone doesn’t have to be difficult: there are lots of ways you can continue to explore and learn more.”
It breaks your score down into four sections; here are my results for each of the sections:
Apparently, at least I have the right mindset, relatively speaking.
Once you take the assessment, which is freely available to anyone (see link below), it then offers you three different training options to help you become more digitally savvy:
- Recreational – requires 20 minutes per week
- Athletic – requires 40 minutes per week
- Olympian – requires 60 minutes per week
I chose the recreational option, and plan to start my training tomorrow.
Hopefully, I can at least move to the second stage of competence:
Conscious incompetence – Though the individual does not understand or know how to do something, they recognize the deficit, as well as the value of a new skill in addressing the deficit.
I’m not sure I’ll ever reach the final two stages:
3. Conscious competence
4. Unconscious competence
The app is available from PwC, and after you take the assessment, which takes about 15 minutes, the app creates a personalized learning plan. The app enables you to learn at your own pace in a way that suits your style. You can watch, listen, or read your way to digital fitness. There are more than 60 subject areas covered in the app, including artificial intelligence, blockchain, cybersecurity, video gaming, and social media.
Perhaps if I stick with it, I’ll offer a follow-up post and let you know what the training was like.
I’m hoping that once I complete the training, I’ll be able to program a robot to do my blogging for me…