Upskilling involves learning important new skills that are then applied to your work, whether this means a position in your current field or one that exists in a completely different industry altogether. Upskilling can come in any number of forms, both formal and informal, making study easily tailored to the needs of the student.
If you think you don’t have enough time to upskill, or are happy to just rely on existing skills, it’s important you invest in new skills as quickly as possible – we demonstrate why in this blog.
Adapt to changing industries
We live in an age where technology is constantly influencing and changing established ways of doing things. With this in mind, there’s never been a better time to tackle these changes head on to ensure that you’re able to manage any potential technology disruption with ease.
Futureproofing your skillset in fluctuating industries will ensure that you also won’t have to constantly worry about redundancy as staying on top of changing needs will mean you’re always in demand.
Look better to prospective employers
In today’s job market, people rarely occupy the same position for long periods of time. If this sounds familiar, know that gaining new skills through regularly upskilling will allow you to more easily adopt new roles that are more complex (and likely more interesting as a result).
Upskilling is also something looked on very favourably by prospective employers – organisations want the most talented people possible working for them, and showing this on paper should give them a very clear understanding that you’re serious about learning and growing your skillset.
Finding unexpected areas of growth
Although you might occasionally upskill for the sake of it, doing so can quickly help you unearth brand new and unexpected passions. These opportunities can help steer your career in a completely new and surprising directions as you find new ways to apply old skills.
These kinds of interesting detours can also have a very positive effect on mental health, particularly for people unhappy in their current work.
Meet interesting and clever people
When you’re upskilling, there’s a good chance that you’re going to meet similarly minded people along the way. Getting to know these people can help you learn in new ways – they might be from a completely different industry altogether, for example – and can help you put your new skills to the test.