January 11, 2018
Unapologetically Skilled & Sassy: How to Stay Relevant in your Industry
By Khanyie Dlamini
To be successful you have to know what skills are needed to get to the top. More businesses are investing in headhunting skilled candidates to add value to their organisations. If you are skilled, you are automatically in demand, as you have taken the time to invest in yourself and employers are hungry for these type of individuals.
When you are equipped with expertise and knowledge, you have many more options from a career point of view. You can go as far as choosing the company you would like to work for and your area of specialisation. It allows you to be in the driver’s seat of your career and inspire your own success. With incredible talent, you can also determine how you want to be compensated and command a rewarding pay cheque.
So how do you get to this level of being in demand and advancing as a professional? Firstly, to become relevant in your industry, you must find your niche. You may already have a suitable qualification but you need to study a course that will make you a specialist in this field.
The skills that you build will allow to present yourself as a high-calibre professional that every employer dreams of hiring. It also allows you to set yourself up as a brand and even pursue consider starting a business. With educational training, you can follow your passion and become a success in your current company or venture out on your own, armed with the knowledge and skill.
Here is a list of actionable steps you can take to increase your skillset and remain relevant in your field.
Multiply your Tech Skills for the Digital Age
Digital Skills are not just for bloggers, programmers or web designers. Every industry and business needs technical ability in order to grow. More businesses are seeing the need to have tech skills in-house and are training their employees in this area. To give your career longevity, you need to be aware of the top in-demand workforce skills for future jobs. When you prioritise expanding on your digital skills, you place yourself at a higher level as a professional.
Nowadays, most jobs have become tech-based and need professionals to be tech-savvy to fulfill their roles. Computer science skills are not just sought-after in our country but they give you access to international career prospects.
With technical ability, you can take on many advanced roles that require computer skills.
Know the Skills that are in demand in your Industry
Being aware of the skills that employers are in need of is something you can use to grow your career. This is an opportunity to train yourself in these areas to receive more career opportunities.
Training in these areas will increase your chances of employment.
Capitalise on Educational Value
There are so many education courses to choose from that can elevate your career. When you study a specialty course, you gain unique knowledge that places you at the top. The expertise you receive gives you more options in terms of career and business prospects. The more skills you have as a professional the more you’re able to step forward in your work journey.
This educational investment opens you up to more opportunities in your field which gives you experience. With a substantial qualification and work experience in hand, you can climb the success ladder as high as you want to.
Attend Industry Events and Learning Seminars
Attending seminars and events is how you learn and stay ahead in your field. These events are platforms where you are updated on the skills needed, along with the challenges and trends in your industry. This can keep you in-the-know about what the industry needs more of. This allows you to empower yourself with the skills that are lacking in the field.
You also expand your talents from the training you receive at these events. This is where you sharpen your knowledge and become inspired by what can be accomplished. You get to learn about the different spheres within the field and gain more insight on what they’re doing.
Attending events in your field is always a way to make connections and to introduce yourself as a brand. These are just some of the ways you to increase your professional brand awareness. This effective approach will open doors and help you to accomplish more.
Look for Study Options that Support your Career Goals
Everybody has a different lifestyle and set of circumstances. When it comes to career goals it is easy to dismiss your dreams, because you’re too busy to pursue your education. However, your career goals do not need to be placed on the back-burner.
With the right type of study model, you could easily upgrade your qualifications while still attending to your responsibilities. There are many higher and further education institutions that offer full-time, part-time and distance study options that will fit seamlessly into your lifestyle.
Growing your skills increases your capacity to do more in your field, which almost always secures you a successful career journey. Feel inspired to take the next step, knowing that you have many options at your disposal that will help you bridge the gap from where you are to where you would like to be.
If you would like to find out more about Damelin and our courses on offer, visit www.damelin.co.za . You may also browse through the Damelin Blog for more insightful reading material and resources.
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