What a crazy ride we’ve had in 2020 so far. With restrictions being lifted and life heading back towards “the norm”, right now study is the last thing on your mind. We don’t blame you. I’m looking forward to hitting the gym soon.
But right now is the perfect time to refresh and upskill yourself to stay relevant in the changing environment.
Whether your job has been affected or not, COVID-19 has forever changed the workforce as we know it. Are you finding you are questioning yourself:
“Where did I come from – Where am I now – Where am I heading”?
6 ways to help take charge of your own development
Career mapping can help you develop a plan for your career and focus your upskills dollars and effort. Career mapping is a tool where you plan where you want to go over time by creating goals and what you need to do to achieve them. It will also make it easier to pivot when necessary to align with changing trends in your industry.
Ask for opportunities at work
Taking on a project outside of your usual role is a great way to develop new competencies. If you are working with people from other teams, you can also develop important collaboration and problem-solving skills.
Stay plugged in
Following industry leaders via LinkedIn, YouTube, TED Talks, Twitter and other social media will keep you on top of trends and new ideas.
Join an industry or professional association
Membership of a professional association or industry group can tick a lot of boxes for skills and career building. Check associations for continuous learning programs, networking events and mentorship programs.
Learn at work
Peer-to-peer learning is a hot trend (as long as you keep you social distancing in place!). Ask a colleague to teach you a skill you want to acquire or set up a study group with colleagues. This way you can all learn from each other.
Courses outside of the workplace
Formal courses are used as a way to acquire knowledge and skills. Before embarking on a Certificate IV or Diploma (which can take up to 12 months to complete), consider a short course that teaches you the skills you require for your industry now.
An investment in upskilling is an investment in yourself.
Easy (and cheap) ways to upskill yourself include: