Up-skilling ideas for a new job in 2021 – Start now!

11/11/2020

Employment 2021

As we near the end of 2020, it’s time to think about how you envision your employment in 2021.

Many people have experienced a loss of work due to the impact of Covid-19, leaving them feeling insecure and uncertain about the future. As a result, workers are wondering whether a new job would afford them better protection against layoffs and business closures.

If you’re in the same situation and will be looking for a new job in 2021, there are a few things you should consider first. Why do you want a new job and what do you want to do?

Re-evaluate your existing skillset and assess whether you have any learning gaps. If you do, you might want to think about upskilling for 2021 to make sure you appear even more employable to recruiters.

What to consider before changing jobs

If you’re one of the many Australians looking for employment in 2021, you’ll want to think carefully about where to start before you begin applying for jobs. Here are a few questions you should ask yourself first.

• Why do you want a new job?
Perhaps you’re not enjoying your current job, or you’ve found yourself unemployed because of the pandemic. A better work/life balance might be behind your desire to find new work. Or maybe you’d like a job that pays more, or one with opportunities for greater career progression.

• What job would you like to do instead?
Are you looking for a job in the same or similar field, or a brand new field? Maybe you’ve got skills and knowledge that can be transferred to a job in a different industry.

• What skills do you need?
Depending on the type of role you’re looking for, you may need to consider learning new skills or refreshing your existing knowledge.

Upskilling opportunities due to Covid-19

Upskilling enables you to become better at your job, making you stand out from other applicants.

As stated in our previous blog post, How Covid has altered the recruitment industry, the global pandemic has changed the way we work. While there’s been an enormous loss of jobs in areas such as hospitality, retail, transport and manufacturing, other areas, such as health services, have seen an increase. If you’ve got a background in mental health services, community services, psychology, or counselling, or if you want to learn something new, you might want to think about studying in these areas by doing an online certificate.

Also, with technology constantly changing and updating more jobs are becoming available in the areas of information technology, digital media and programming. These jobs are also popular because they allow you to work from home.

Upskilling is the best way to maximise your potential and show recruiters you’re flexible and willing to learn. When you’re equipped with more skills and abilities, you’ll also have the confidence to find a meaningful job.

Tips for changing jobs

• Research first
What jobs are available that match your existing skills, knowledge and experience? What jobs might you be eligible to apply for with extra training and upskilling?

• Assess your skills and knowledge
What skills do you already have? What skills do you need in order to apply for the jobs that appeal to you? Think about your transferable skills and look for matches with your desired job.

• Look for ways to upgrade your skills and knowledge
There are plenty of free online courses available if you need to brush up your skills or learn something new.

• Don’t sell yourself short
With the right attitude and a willingness to learn, your dream job is well within your reach.

We’re living in a difficult time where job security is on the decline and unemployment is on the rise. While this out of our control, we can be pro-active by making ourselves as employable as possible. By upskilling for 2021, you’ll be better placed to find a job with financial stability as well as work you enjoy doing.

Get in touch with a career consultant today

Our highly trained consultants at Job Directions can help you find upskilling opportunities that will set you on the right path to getting you a job in 2021. Contact us today.

If you have any further questions about interviews or any other part of recruitment, be sure to get in touch with Job Directions today at 1300 637 313

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