Upping Your Skills during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Updated: Jan 16, 2021

After the outbreak of COVID-19, things have taken a 180-degree turn, and businesses have been moving to work-from-home (WFH). It is now the need of the hour to invest time and energy in upskilling if one has to survive and thrive in the professional realm, post the COVID-19 crisis. The pandemic has made it imperative for everyone to acquire the necessary technological skills. Therefore, you have to make efforts to assess and expand skillset. Speaking of this, there has not been a better time to start and accelerate these efforts. Even if you are working remotely, you can use the commute time to work on your self-improvement. In the following article, let's discuss how you can do that and beef up your skills game. 1) Identify the Gap First and foremost, sit and start with this simple exercise to know your strengths and weaknesses. Put your skillset under three categories, namely, strong skills, needs improvement, and things to learn. This will give you a quick insight into which particular skill you need to work on or learn. Once you have identified where the gap lies, the next step is to look out for resources to fill in those gaps. 2) Invest Your Time in MOOCs While you are stuck at home, why waste the opportunity and let it slide away? There are many platforms and free resources available on the Internet, through which you can learn, develop, hone, or brush up your existing skillet. Enrolling in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) is a great way to enhance your abilities and prepare yourself for the inevitable changes in working dynamics once the COVID-19 crisis ends. These courses are shorter than typical traditional institutional courses and you can complete them your own pace. Coursera, Udemy, and Edx are some popular platforms offering courses on a wide variety of topics. 3) Seek Online Training Another way to increase your skillset could be attending online training. Due to COVID-19, there has been a surge in webinars aiming to prepare you for the big change. Make sure to take advantage of these opportunities and broaden the horizon of your skills. There are both recorded and live sessions happening lately, so the possibilities are endless if you have the eye. 4) Work on Your Online Presence Establishing your name in the world of social media can increase your job prospects. It will help you stand apart from the pool of applications and who knows you might even end up landing your dream job. Make sure to keep your LinkedIn profile crisp and updated. Try and network with like-minded people serving at companies where you aspire to work. 5) Venture into the Gig Economy Job uncertainty and unemployment increasing at an alarming rate is a call for you to look for other ways to make money. This is a great time to venture into freelancing. It will not only widen your earning prospects but also allow to evaluate your potential.

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