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The Significance of Upskilling in Today's Workforce

In today's high-paced, ever-evolving, constant-changing, fluid and fast job market, has it ever been more important for employees, or hopeful employees to continue their job relevant skill upgrades, or to constantly upskill? The reality is that the skills and knowledge that got you into your current role (or through your recent degree or diploma program) may not remain enough to keep you in the job force - or advance in your position. This is especially true in the areas of technology, business, manufacturing, and development where the changes happen at incredibly rapid pace.



What can workers do?


Upskilling is an excellent way for workers to meet the challenges of an ever changing workspace. Upskilling is a process of acquiring new skills or knowledge that can be directly applied to the job you currently hold or that can help in the pursuit of new career opportunities.


Tip:

Considering the trending positions and hard to fill roles that employers are challenged with is a big plus when you are a worker looking to seek employment for the first time, change careers, or move into a more challenging and senior role.





Here’s how to do it:

  1. Research areas where employers are currently challenged to fill positions.

  2. Take relevant online courses and tutorials: Coursera, Udemy, and edX are some great options to explore.

  3. Read industry specific books: keep up with the latest developments and trends in your field, or learn the specifics of the field you wish to enter.

  4. Sign up for conferences, webinars, and in-person networking events wherever you can.

  5. Take part in social platforms and online forums and communities.


Upskilling is a great way to stay relevant and remain competitive in the job market. Technology and automation are showing no signs of slowing down, so upskilling is a great way to avoid following your job out the door as it becomes obsolete. By upskilling you will ensure that you are ready and equipped to challenge new roles - and that you will not be left behind as the workforce changes.


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