Looking to upskill?

Tue 1 Dec 2020

Global consultancy firm McKinsey predicts about 60% of jobs may soon see at least a third of their tasks automated, while Deloitte claims the “half-life” of a learnt skill is now around 5 years. That means, after 5 years, the skills you learnt at school or in the workplace will already be half as valuable as when you acquired them. It also means the skills you learnt to gain a degree or diploma just a few years ago could already be out-of-date.

According to its recent survey of over 2,000 people, global recruitment firm Hays found that 77% of employers are more likely to shortlist a candidate who has regularly upskilled.

That makes upskilling more than just a nice-to-have on your CV – it’s fast-becoming a necessity to keep your skills current and to make sure you can confidently keep up with the ever-changing demands of your chosen industry.

How do I upskill?

Upskilling doesn’t have to be excessively time-consuming or costly. Here are some simple steps you can take to upskill:

1. Research courses that could help you meet your career goals.

Do your own research and get advice from your employer, career advisor or recruitment consultant if you need to about which courses and qualifications will help you to keep your skills up-to-date and progress in your career. Make a list of all the potential options.

2. Consider online courses.

If you’re working full-time, online courses are undoubtedly your best bet when narrowing down your course options. They offer you the flexibility you need to be able to effectively manage your studies alongside your work commitments. Online courses also offer the same academic weight and quality standard as an equivalent on-campus course, but provide you with the additional benefit of being able to study on your own terms – when and where it suits you. Choose an online course that matches your career goals.

3. Check if you can get funding for your chosen course.

The institution that offers your chosen course might offer a bursary to help you fund your studies. If you’re working full-time, depending on the organisation you work for, your employer might also cover the costs of your studies as an investment in your career development. Either option will help you upskill without needing to worry about how you’ll pay for it. Benefits of upskilling There is a huge range of benefits you can gain from upskilling, from furthering your personal development through to getting your dream job, salary, or promotion.

Here are just some of the benefits of upskilling:

• Take the next step in your personal development by acquiring more knowledge and skills

• Gain a promotion within your current organisation

• Get a better salary

• Access more career opportunities in higher-level positions

• Increase your job security

• Grow your existing knowledge and skills so you can meet the ever-changing demands of your industry

• Boost your creativity and capacity for learning, helping to increase your brain power and ability to resolve challenges

• Master your time-management skills as you learn to effectively manage your studies alongside your work and other commitments

You can be confident that upskilling is a great way to stay ahead of the competition and keep your knowledge and skills up-to-date in today’s job market. Find a course that’s right for you and upskill so that you can be sure you’re in the best position possible to excel in your current role, or to secure the role you’ve been looking for.

Falmouth Flexible offers a range of online masters courses that can give you the skills you need to successfully upskill and meet your career goals. All online masters courses are delivered by Falmouth University – a TEF gold-standard university – and offer a range of funding options.

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