If you've been pondering what next move to make when it comes to your career trajectory, then maybe it's time to consider other options that can help elevate your professional life. If you need an extra push to upskill or feel compelled to change industries as a way to "future-proof" your career, it may time to make those changes during this year's National Skills Week.
What is National Skills Week?
National Skills Week
will be running for its tenth year from August 24th until August 30th 2020.
Its purpose is to highlight the status of practical and vocational learning
and its value when it comes to upskilling individuals.
National Skills Week is an initiative of SkillsOne,
and recognises the talents, skills, career pathways and the value of apprentices and trainees across Australia. This is also a period where it encourages those who resonate with the initiative to participate in activities and/or events (virtual due to COVID-19
) that promote opportunities to upskill.
Not sure what to do during National Skills Week? SkillsTalk go over some things you could do to get involved.
1. Sign up to an online course.
An online course
is a great opportunity where you can flex your current skillset and improve your knowledge within your industry. If you're a professional looking to move up the ranks or want to undertake a course that can help grow your side hustle
repertoire, Upskilled is a course provider that you can trust when it comes to delivering online education.
With qualifications across business, IT and community services, you'll have a wide range of courses to choose from depending on your professional needs.
As most online courses with Upskilled run for a duration of 12 months, this time frame gives you the opportunity to enhance your skillset in less time than a university degree.
2. Think about how you can improve your career.
Do you generally hate Mondays because of your line of work? Perhaps during National Skills Week you can think about how you can pivot into a better job. It's worth considering all elements of how far you've come and what you can do to further your career.
Whether it's changing industries
or simply taking on a position where you're delegated extra responsibilities, it's important to think about your current credentials and how you can reach new heights when it comes to your professional life. Sometimes the first step in doing this is to undertake a relevant online qualification.
3. Connect with someone in your industry.
While face-to-face networking events are currently in the backburner because of COVID-19, it doesn't hurt to reach out to someone on LinkedIn.
If you happen to come across someone who has your dream job, send them a message on the professional network and set up a Zoom meeting so you can meet up virtually and pick their brain on how they managed to secure the job that you've always desired. This is a great way to recognise that you may need further training to fill a skills gap in order to get to where you want to be.
4. Attend a webinar relevant to your professional life.
Webinars are valuable because they can provide you with further knowledge on trends and insights specific to your industry.
It also opens up the floor when it comes to questions you may have for the industry experts presenting at the webinar. Webinars not only contribute towards your professional development but it keeps you in the know on what could change and how you can adapt.
As part of National Skills Week this year, Gideon Roos
, one of Upskilled's dedicated business trainers will be presenting the Business and Leadership Training options for NDIS Providers
FREE webinar. To attend the webinar, register your interest here.
Celebrate National Skills Week by studying with Upskilled
If you feel like you're ready to take the opportunity to upskill during National Skills Week, then it may be worth investing in an online course
with Upskilled. As most qualifications can be done within a 12-month timeframe, you can upskill around your work and personal commitments. Get in touch with one of their education consultants by calling 1300 009 924
and work towards a career you'll love today!
Join Upskilled for this FREE Webinar during National Skills Week 2020
Business and Leadership Training options for NDIS Providers
WHEN: Tuesday August 25th - 12pm (AEST)
Presented by Gideon Roos (Upskilled Trainer)
Register your interest HERE
Jana Angeles is the Content Marketing Specialist at Upskilled. She regularly pens insightful articles on SkillsTalk about online education and career development. Outside of work, you can usually find her at her local record store or having brunch at a fancy cafe.