Whether you’re looking for a new career or looking to pursue a passion in life, there’s no better time than the present to upskill or diversify your skill set. From learning new technology to training in a new career and making your hobby an income earner, upskilling is a great way to make positive changes in your life. Read on for four great ways to do it.
Get tech savvy
Love it or loathe it, technology is here to stay and if you can embrace it there are some great rewards to be had.
By learning your way around the internet, apps and social media, you open up a whole host of new career options and additional income streams. There are websites like Elance that allow you to freelance and earn, or Learn to Trade , which can show you how to reap a potentially solid income in the currency market with forex trading strategies.
Meanwhile, more and more jobs call for an awareness of social media, so you need to know your Facebook from your Twitter and your Instagram to get a foot in a lot of employment doors.
These days, a large portion of business is conducted on the net through websites, so if you’re thinking of starting up your own business, get your technology skills up-to-date.
The coming generation enters the workforce with the knowledge that their chosen career may not even exist in the future. Those already employed have a high likelihood that they will change career paths a number of times. With this in mind, people are retraining at a rate never seen before, which means you shouldn’t be afraid to go back and get formal training in a career that is your passion. As the old saying goes, “Do a job you love and you’ll never work another day in your life”.
A great way of gaining extra skills is by volunteering or doing work experience. Many people consider work experience “that thing you do at school”, but even as you grow older, work experience is an invaluable tool to get across new innovations in your industry or assess whether a career really is for you.
Learning on the job in a practical environment is also one of the quickest ways to pick up a new skillset, and if you’re keen and helpful to have around, most companies appreciate the free help!
If you have a hobby that you love or you’ve seen something that piques your interest, like woodworking, dancing or patchwork, community classes are a valuable way to hone your skills and diversify. Whatever community you live in there are destined to be classes to suit your interest. Who knows what the future holds? If you love it enough, it could become your new income earner.
Research indicates that those who are willing to learn, increase their skillset or embrace new challenges not only reap the social rewards of meeting new people, but also keep their brain active throughout life. So whether it’s for financial, health or hobby reasons, it’s time to try something new and take a chance; life’s too short to let your skills stagnate.