It’s been a crazy few months between banks and stock markets and the big recession that is slowly gripping the world. In an atmosphere like this it is up to everyone to improve their employability and career prospects by learning new skills and upskilling. You don’t need to wait until your employer arranges this or even leave it so late that your social welfare officer arranges it. Take the initiative and seek out the training that can make a difference for you. If you want to keep up with the times, your old skills must be continually sharpened and new ones must be acquired.
Always keep in mind the following:
- There is no such thing as “Finished Learning.” One who stops learning, stops growing. Work hard towards sharpening your Foundation and Transferable skills. It pays to spend some time sharpening your axe before attempting to fell a tree.
- Keep an eye open for new skills and master them. At the same time, improve the ones you already have.
- Do some research to find out what skills are and will always be most valued in your industry. Two sites that may help you here are ‘A Career Guide to Industries’ and ‘Tomorrow’s Jobs’.
Issues that people typically have include the following:
What can I do? – You can do whatever you want to. Right from cooking to eating, you will find information pertaining to any interest that you may have.
Where to look? – Keep your eyes and ears open. There’ll always be something happening in your locality to match your interest.
Universities/Colleges: – Usually, universities and colleges have clubs, societies and student groups which bring together students with similar interests. You can be sure to fit into at least one of them and learn from those who have more experience than you and build networks.
Leisure Centers & Gyms: – These are places where you will find people who like physical activity like hiking, swimming and traveling.
Evening Classes: – Collect details of all evening courses conducted in your area. Learn a language you don’t know, or get trained to do creative things like sewing or origami.
Volunteering: – Though not as glamorous as a lot of other things, the feel-good factor is immensely high! Giving something back to society is an amazing way to boost your morale. And of course, it looks impressive on your CV too and can be used to reinforce your skills and validate new ones.
Distance and Online Learning: – If you prefer to spend more time at home and if that’s the only hindrance you are facing to learning new skills, this is perfect for you. Learn Skills is one of the places where you can start hunting for relevant information about courses and as for online courses, it is the best place to start looking for what you want with a very comprehensive range of courses that cover both skills and compliance based training. If you have any specific needs you can contact Learn Skills.
Source: CvTips.com article “Learn New Skills”.