The COVID-19 global pandemic is changing the world we live and work in. An increasing number of employees are working remotely, and as companies embark on their digital transformation journey they’re reliance on technology is increasing.
While job growth may be slow in some areas there are many sectors that are continuing to recruit as normal, with evidence of increasing demand for tech professionals due to the crucial role that technology plays in our world today.
In order to stand out from the competition and give yourself a competitive edge in this digital and technology age, upskilling or reskilling is likely to be one of the best investments you can make for your own personal and career development.
There is no better time to act, there are various ways for you to reskill and upskill from the comfort of your own home:
Online training courses – many training organizations are now adapting business models to offer flexible study solutions in the form of online courses so now is the best time to learn new skills online. If you are a skilled administrator, marketer or developer working with Salesforce then why not get Salesforce certified with K2 University which will help to boost your career and improve your salary prospects. Official courses are online and led by certified instructors. Alternatively, SAP Learning Launchpad from K2 University, the complete training solution for independent SAP consultants, gives freelancers unlimited access to SAPs learning content along with a whole host of exclusive support, benefits and content from K2 and allows you to develop and maintain your SAP skills whenever and where you want.
LinkedIn Learning – LinkedIn offer a number of online courses covering various topics include DevOps, cloud computing, Cybersecurity and more
Online events/ webinars – there are many online events that you can attend to find out about the latest industry trends or key technology insights. This is not only a convenient and great way to gain knowledge and insight from subject matter experts and professionals but also to grow your expertise.
Podcasts, Ted Talks – listening to related IT/Digital podcasts and/or Ted Talks can help with your professional growth and help to keep you informed and updated on technology advancements. There are many to choose from including interviews, opinions and advice from leading experts and authors, through to discussions on topics covering Artificial Intelligence, blockchain, programme languages and more.
Soft skills – Communication skills, problem-solving, creativity, organization and adaptability are just a few examples of essential soft skills (in addition to technical skills) for IT professionals to develop. These will help you to fit in with the culture of a company, help you to stay organized and can improve your work performance.
It’s also a good time to review your resume, LinkedIn profile and any work portfolios to showcase your most up to date work. Adding certifications and new skills will help you to stand out from other applicants, showcase your expertise and increase your value.
Taking the opportunity to upskill can not only help you to take on more challenging roles, improve your career prospects and increase your remuneration, but it can also help you to remain employable and give you a competitive edge. If you are looking for a role or would like any career advice contact K2.