Ever feel like you could do more? Go further? Aim higher? Sounds like you need some upskilling in your life. Upskilling is the process of honing your skills into extra qualifications. Most of these types of courses are designed to fit around your working week, in a way that suits you.
But, that’s not the only benefit. Upskilling can be very advantageous in your career, for your resumé and for offering you a sense of achievement and fulfilment.
So, what are the biggest benefits of upskilling?
1. Job security
A highly qualified employee is an indispensable one. Just over half of Australian employers, that took part in a recent survey, said that their staff currently have the right skillset to keep up with industry changes. As an employee, this should be concerning. You don’t want to be left behind because someone else is more highly skilled or up to date than you are. Make yourself a key cog in the machine by bringing technical skills to the table.
Naturally, employees that show grit and determination are rewarded. If you’re showing willing to improve your skillset outside of working hours, you’ll be looked upon as a dedicated and valued member of staff. Can you see a gap in your team’s knowledge base? Is your department moving into a new area of focus? Upskill in that department and you might just find yourself leading it.
3. Fuel your resumé
Experience is still the hard-gotten gold dust of any resumé. However, unless you’ve worked for decades, in several industries, it can be hard to build up a vast array of experience. If you think there might be a gap in your CV, upskilling could fill in the blanks. Need project management experience for a new potential role? Go get it! Want to learn code to help you progress in digital marketing? Not a problem, if you set your mind to it.
4. Discover new careers
As technology and industry progresses, new careers seem to pop out of nowhere. Titles that didn’t exist when you started your career are now commonplace. Perhaps you’ve seen an emerging role that you’d like to try, but can’t apply for. Taking a course in a new field is a good way of testing out whether you actually like it or not. If you don’t? It’s another string to your bow, rather than your new career path.
5. Networking and connections
Networking isn’t just about selling. It can lead to opportunities for both parties, in terms of help, advice and business. It can also motivate you to go further. Through any course, there will be an element of networking. This might be liaising with course leaders, joint study or joining social media groups for students and graduates. Making connections is never a bad thing. Who knows, one of your new found friends could end up hooking you up with your dream role.
6. Start a side hustle
Aussies are really resourceful and with the already high cost of living, they are finding new ways to embrace tech and help supplement their incomes. With the gig economy booming, many are using a small businesses to support their savings goals, holidays or personal projects. If you’ve got your eye on a skill that could bring in the big bucks, why not take the leap? Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
No matter the reasoning behind upskilling, it’s undoubtable that highly skilled employees always have been, and always will be, sought after. Just over half of Australian employees agree that the skills they need to get ahead are changing rapidly, while 39% admitted they're daunted by the changes. Rather than being daunted, why not seek out the advice you need to get the ball rolling?