Hoping to move up the career ladder, or even change careers entirely? You’ll need the right skills to snag the job you
Take an online course
Online courses are a great way to improve your skills. If you don’t have any previous qualifications you could start with a degree or foundation degree, you can find everything from online nursing degrees to criminology and psychology, English to engineering and so much more.
Whatever you want to study, chances are there’s an online university somewhere offering the course. If you’re already a university graduate you could do a masters, or you could even do a diploma or other kind of course as a way to enhance your skills and knowledge in a certain area.
For example, if you currently work as a content writer and have a degree, taking a diploma in marketing or journalism could enable you to branch out and open the door to other related careers.
If all you’re doing online is scrolling facebook and looking at funny cat videos then you’re missing out! You don’t need to be taking a formal course to teach yourself new things online, there are so many great resources.
From Youtube videos to podcasts to articles, you’ll want to use reliable sources to get accurate information but you can teach yourself anything about just about any topic. If you teach yourself something to a good standard, it’s still worth mentioning on your CV, even if you don’t have certification. It could be anything from Excel to Photoshop to photography.
Go to a class or local group
Improving your skills doesn’t necessarily have to be academic. Attending classes or lessons locally can suit some people better than studying online, and you can get feedback from your tutor in real time. It could be anything from cooking to baking, flower arranging, language classes, music classes- anything that’s in some way tied to your career or the skills are transferable.
Try a new hobby
There’s a reason why employers ask candidates about their hobbies in interview situations. They give a clue into their additional skills as well as who they are as a person. When you’re working on improving your employability, taking up new hobbies might well be something you completely overlook but it’s something you can use to your advantage.
If the type of job you want relies heavily on teamwork, take up a team sport or join a club where you’re working with other people. If it requires writing and researching skills, you could start your own blog and have fun creating content for it.
The best thing about hobbies is they’re fun and enjoyable, you improve yourself and build your skills without even thinking about it as you’re too busy having a good time.