Depending on your learning style and knowledge level, there are various ways to upskill yourself. Options include apprenticeships, online learning, courses and workshops, working with a mentor, and university degrees.
Many employers offer fully or partially funded training for their employees. Speak to your manager or company’s Learning and Development team to see what options are available before dipping into your pocket and committing to an external provider.
If you’re not sure what areas to develop, you may want to consider the following soft skills which are in high demand from employers right now:
- Time management
- Critical thinking
- Good communication
- Working effectively with others
- Great customer service
- Emotional intelligence
- Leadership and people management
- Digital competency
- Project management
Explore growing specialisms and roles
As the world continues to evolve, job roles will rise and fall in popularity. If you’re a graduate looking for your first role, picking a position or industry with a good outlook could help future-proof your career. For career changers, reviewing popular occupations and specialisms may help you align your skills, personality, values, and interests.
Innovation agency for social good, Nesta, released a report mapping out how the employment landscape will likely change by 2030. Nesta’s research found that 8% of workers are in occupations likely to grow over the next 10 to 15 years, including:
- Restaurant, catering, bar and pub managers and owners
- Waiters and waitresses
- Sports coaches and instructors
- Primary and secondary school teachers
- Social services managers and directors
- Occupational therapists
- Mechanical engineers
- Social, humanities and biological scientists and biochemists
- Advertising account managers and creative directors
- Telecommunications engineers
- Photographers and broadcast operators
- Vets and veterinary nurses
Consume online and offline content and media
Tapping into reputable outlets can expand your knowledge and provide fresh takes on key or emerging topics. Content avenues may include social media, online articles, business and trade publications, email newsletters, podcasts, webinars, and professional bodies.
For channels you find valuable, set notifications and subscribe to emails to be alerted of new releases and information.
Top tip: Dedicate time each week to read or listen to the latest news and updates to keep your finger on the pulse.