27 September 2023

Staying relevant in today’s job market

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In today’s unstable job market, no one is exempt from needing to upskill to keep up with rapid technological, economic and social changes. Find out how upskilling can help you throughout the different stages of your career.

For career changers
Gone are the days of working your way up the career ladder in a single organisation. While more and more people are switching industries multiple times throughout their lives, casting your hard-earned skills aside to start from scratch may seem daunting.

Your current career will have provided you with a range of soft skills such as teamwork, problem solving and critical thinking that are transferable to any industry. Employers will value your years of experience, but if you’re shifting gears entirely, there’s a base level of information you’ll need to acquire through upskilling in order to hit the ground running.

That’s where upskilling comes in. It’s essential to help you develop the essential technical skills you need to get started in a new industry.

For professional development
With digital skills fast becoming a critical part of many workplaces, you might find yourself joining the increasing number of people who feel like they could benefit from some online training. From cyber security to social media marketing, there are a range of courses available that can quickly get you up to speed on the latest digital technology in your industry.

For personal development
When it comes to personal development, micro-credentials, skill sets and short courses can be hugely beneficial, as they give you the chance to develop your knowledge in a specialised area without needing to commit to a full qualification or course.

For career breaks
If you’re getting back into the workforce after a long break, then upskilling might help you get back up to speed. Besides getting you work ready, upskilling can also help boost your confidence at a time when you may be feeling apprehensive about getting back into the workforce. It also shows potential employers that you’re passionate about the industry and serious about your future career.

How upskilling will help you progress your career
When you’re busy getting through the daily grind, it can be easy to put upskilling in the too-hard basket. But the fact is, regularly upskilling allows you to future-proof your career. Plus, with a wide range of skills under your belt, upskilling can ultimately lead to greater remuneration and benefits.

Whether you want to switch industries, progress up the ranks in your current organisation, or look for opportunities elsewhere, adding additional skills and qualifications to your portfolio will give you a leg up against fellow job seekers and allow you to command a higher salary in whatever role you land.

How TAFE Queensland can help
TAFE Queensland offers a range of professional development courses including certificates, diplomas, short courses, micro-credentials and skill sets that are offered online and via flexible delivery modes. Find out how TAFE Queensland can help future-proof your career today.

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