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 – 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:
- Find a mentor
- Train or mentor others
- Listening to webinars, podcasts and live events (A good podcast to start with is 50 Conversations)
- Teach yourself to be social media savvy
Looking for a career change?
Perhaps you’ve decided you would like to change industries altogether. An upskill can take your career to the next level. Employers are looking for candidates who can take on a role with ease.
A formal approach, such as an accredited course that aligns well with the role, allows for a smooth transition and your new career starts off on the right foot.
According to the Australian Jobs 2019 report, (the 2020 report is due for release at the end of June)
51% of construction workers have a Certificate III or higher VET qualification
There are various ways to access, pay and complete training.
A good place to start gathering information is the Australian Government Department of Employment and Workplace Relations website.