Why upskilling is important for your short and long term career prospects

Continued learning of new skills is important for every person, regardless of if you are looking for a job now or in the future. Every industry changes and staying relevant as an employee and up to date on new legislation, laws or skills that now apply to your industry, is important to your growth as a person and in your career. Here are just a few reasons you need to consider when thinking about updating and improving your skills:

  • Your role might require you to stay updated – some roles require you to understand the latest rules like hospitality and security industry. Your employer needs to be compliant and in turn, you need to be also as it will limit your employability if you do not understand the latest laws and skills required in your role                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Technology changes – digital & new technology impacts most roles now so having some digital skills are important for future career growth. Taking time to learn how this new technology impacts your role and your industry can also lead you to new opportunities                                                                                                                                                                       
  • Promotional opportunities – by upskilling you gain more qualifications that can put you at the head of the pack when it comes to promotional opportunities.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
  • Take advantage of Incentives for learning – many employers offer training programs or even personal development funds that you can access to upskill. Ask your employer if this is something they offer and support and take advantage of this                                                                                                                                                                       
  • Increased job satisfaction - through continued investment from the business, staff can have a much higher sense of job satisfaction, which can improve their motivation towards their work. This reduces employee turnover and increases productivity, which directly improves the profitability. It also prevents competitors from taking away your best employees by offering training incentives.

Have an attitude of always be learning and you will not only get personal satisfaction from updating your skills, but you will help further your career and opportunities. You never know where new learning can take you.

Published by: Admin Officer on Feb 14, 2018