Learning new skills has always been key to professional growth, but it’s becoming more important than ever as the world becomes increasingly digital. It is true that it can be challenging to stay on top of the endless changes within technology. The employers are demanding more but job-hopping has become more accepted, whilst Talent constantly challenging themselves and looking for ways to upskill are considered as key assets. With this in mind, I decided to breakdown the main advantages of skilling up to show why is it going to help you to grow.
Investing in your future. There are a number of questions that arise during our professional career. As a digital marketer, how can you best utilise budget when Facebook and Google constantly alter their advertising algorithms? As a web developer, which languages should you be learning to ensure your employability at the hottest companies? Keeping your skills sharp and refined is one surefire way you’ll be attractive to companies as you advance in your career, offering yourself the very best career opportunities. Sure, it can be pricey paying for courses. But think of it as an investment in yourself and ultimately your future, leading you to be the best version of yourself. What’s more important than that?
Building a network. One unexpected benefit of skilling up is getting to meet and interact with new people who have similar interests. When you enrol in a course, whether online or in person, you often get the opportunity to collaborate with your classmates on group projects and study sessions. You often hear adults mention that other than a few close friends and the people you’re around at work every day, it can be difficult to make new friends. You’re bound to make at least a few acquaintances whilst learning your new skill.
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Developing soft skills. At General Assembly, our courses provide an opportunity to develop your soft skills as well. These include working in teams, planning projects, presentation skills when showcasing projects, critiquing and offering constructive feedback. Without a doubt, all of these skills will be beneficial throughout your career.
Growing confidence. Many of us suffer from low confidence at one point or another, but gaining a new skill can help you feel empowered. It’s an opportunity to learn something new that you didn’t know before. After all, knowledge is power, isn’t it?
When thinking about your career, consider it from a product manager’s perspective. A product manager aims to create a product that fits the market. Essentially, your career is a product, and it should be treated as such. You need to be in a place where the skills you have to offer fit what the market is demanding. Skilling up within institutions that are offering education in areas that are in-demand in the current marketplace will help you achieve this goal.
When it comes to skilling up, it’s key to consider how the investment will affect your future.
Staying on top of the latest trends, constantly pushing for more responsibility, and using all opportunities to upskill will ultimately make you not just employable but help you succeed in your career.
Lora Schellenberg is the Marketing Lead at General Assembly, running all of GA London’s community events in tech, design, and business. She’s been immersed in the London startup scene since 2012 with most of her experience in marketing, business development, and growing communities. She’s also the Co-Managing Director at Girls in Tech UK, a network aimed at supporting and raising the visibility of women in tech, entrepreneurship and innovation through monthly events, mentoring, coding workshops and more. Connect with her on Twitter @lschells7.