29 Jun 10 ways to up-skill
This article was written by Eloise Fleck and Holly Rickard. It previously appeared in a publication by WIBAS (June 2020).
We all know that these are uncertain times and some of us are finding that we have reduced working hours or have more time on our hands over weekends, due to the restrictions and impact of COVID-19.
“With every challenge comes opportunity.”
In this crisis, that means having more time to spend with those we live with and hopefully cherish, but also potentially time to spend on enhancing our skills or learning something entirely new (like a fully subsidised diploma of sustainable living).
So, why not take the opportunity to up-skill and maybe think outside the box for how you could strengthen your current skills or learn something to add to your repertoire?
If you are unsure where to start, here are some ideas:
- Start that Masters or PhD that you have always wanted to add to your existing formal education.
- Write out a list of your strengths and areas you could improve on.
- Speak to your employer or mentor about potential courses.
- Consider the type of roles that you would like to be considered for and the education or skills required.
- Research the courses available and find the course that suits you.
Up-skill with education
For formal education, you may wish to consider:
- Postgraduate education or Masters through the University of Newcastle or another university providing online courses.
- Diploma, Cert III, IV or V at TAFE, who are also currently offering fee-free courses, such as Leadership Skills or the Women in Business program, and there is also a scholarship program if you are looking for work and over 35.
Up-skill your soft skills
Other potential education to enhance your skills could be:
- Improving and enhancing communication skills is an aim that could be ongoing throughout any career, so consider enhancing your skills in negotiation, public speaking and presenting.
- Now that most workplaces are working online, the list of software programs is even longer than before, like MS teams & Zoom… get clued up on working remotely, or consider brushing up on AutoCAD. We all know mastering MS Project is near impossible, so why not learn a little more.
- Already confident? Take a skills assessment on LinkedIn, and bingo – in your profile that skill is shown as verified!
There are a range of free courses or full scholarship courses available and our own local Newcastle City Council is offering free access to LinkedIn Learning through your library membership, with a variety of valuable courses. Here are just a few of thousands to choose from:
If you do find that you are out of work or needing to highlight your value to your current employer or client, sharing with them that you have been up-skilling during your spare time instantly says that you are committed to furthering your career, recognise the skills that are needed and serious about stepping up.
Don’t forget to update your LinkedIn profile to include any training you undertake. If you are updating your resume, why not try one of these gorgeous free templates from Canva?