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National Youth Day or Yuwa Diwas is celebrated every year on January 12 in commemoration of Swami Vivekananda’s birth anniversary. Swami Vivekananda is fondly remembered as one of India’s greatest social and youth leaders. This day is all about celebrating the youth of the country and taking inspiration from Vivekananda’s ideas and philosophies.  

When we think about our global future, the first thing that comes to our mind is today’s youth. In practical terms, today’s youth are going to define tomorrow’s world. Youth are the most dynamic segment of the population. Speaking of India, our country is home to a fifth of the world’s youth population. One of the youngest countries in the world, India’s youngsters are said to play a key role in achieving the nation’s target of USD 5 trillion.  

What’s the biggest force driving youngsters? Undoubtedly, technology. While technology is bringing massive transformations to the lives of today’s youth, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that youngsters are playing a key role in advancing technology. The potential of young people coupled with the power of technology is driving the digital world we live in. The young generation is contributing to the creation of new jobs, promotion of healthcare systems and access to quality education- all with the help of technology.  

Why are today’s youngsters so enthusiastic about advancing technologies? What do the youth really want? 

Flexibility 

Youngsters want to live an easy life. They don’t want to be restricted and want to be set free. Technology has quite literally brought everything to our fingertips. From ordering groceries to booking a holiday, everything is accessible on our mobile phones; and so is education. The advent of EdTech companies has brought education to our fingertips too. Several top educational institutions are providing online degrees, which can be pursued as at convenient and flexible schedule. 

Greater accessibility 

Youngsters have already made a positive shift towards work from home. Even post pandemic, several organizations continue to provide work from home options. The young working generation made use of this opportunity and began to travel while managing their work schedules. Working from popular holiday destinations soon became a trend. Now, the youth have an opportunity to pursue an online degree as well while enjoying their vacation. They can study anywhere, anytime and learn at their own pace. 

Earn more while studying 

Today’s youth want more money. With online degrees, you can study from home or even while travelling. They don’t have to quit jobs, instead they can use their spare time to focus on academics.  

A rewarding career 

At the end of the day, every youngster wants a satisfying career. We live in a world where the youth have all the freedom to pursue a career of their choice. With plenty of online degree courses and programs available, the youth can choose to study in a domain that lands them a rewarding career.  

Independence & dignity 

A rewarding career paves the way for financial independence and dignity. Today’s youth don’t want to be dependent on their parents for their expenses. Many aims for financial independence at a very young age. Pursuing an online degree gives them the opportunity to become independent and goal oriented.  

All these expectations of the youth are being fulfilled by technology. Technology has given them the space to explore, learn and relearn concepts and is helping them stay updated on what is happening around the world. As we live in the digital age, the older generation needs to adapt to the changes that will improve the lives of today’s youth. 

Conclusion 

Nation building is now in the hands of youngsters. Be it education, politics, healthcare or business, technology and youth are in the driving seat. Technology has opened doors to greater opportunities, connected people of similar interests, especially the younger generation. Young visionaries will continue to create an impact in today’s digital world.  

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