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Trend #4: Gain a Career Upswing through Upskilling

Upskilling can help you stay engaged and challenged in your day-to-day work. These tips outline how to get started in developing valuable skills for your career.

This article is the sixth part of a blog series that discusses our insights into major workplace and hiring trends. As you prepare for what’s next in your own career, we invite you to check out the entire series. Learn more about how these trends could positively impact your career and make it an even more rewarding experience.

 

It’s fundamental to stay current and sharp on the skills and attributes required for movement in your industry—and these do change over time. In addition to putting you in a better position to contribute to and grow in your industry, upskilling is a way to build on your skill set to stay engaged and challenged in your day-to-day work. But how can you identify which skills are the most valuable to develop that will help you realize your vision for your career?

 

Scan your industry.

 

Even if you’re not looking for a new role right now, stay on top of trends by regularly checking out the postings for the next job you might want. What technical skills do they emphasize? You can put them on your roadmap and check them off on your learning and development timetable, well before you even start your search.

 

Look for practical, sustainable ways to upskill.

 

If this is a busy time for you personally, start small by reading credible business books that broaden your understanding of your industry or function. Attend networking events, seminars, conferences, and workshops as you can. These are excellent ways to get a sense of trends and direction in your profession. If you have more time available, take a virtual self-paced course through resources like Udacity or Lynda.com or take an evening class online.

 

Consider working with a career coach.

 

They can help you smooth some rough edges and point out some opportunities you might not otherwise have considered. A coach offers an objective perspective and can help you establish goals, develop a plan and alert you to challenges. They can even help you take on some tactical things like helping you build confidence by practicing for an upcoming interview.

 

Interested in getting more insights like this to support your next career move? Check out the next article in the series and download our 2022 Job Market Trends to Watch report now.