Reskilling and Upskilling: How to prepare ourselves for the jobs of tomorrow
Reskilling and Upskilling – something you should do now or delay? Well let me tell you, they’re both terms that are being used more frequently and i’ll explain why it is more important to get ahead now rather than later. In recent years, the rise in technology has become more evident, and not to mention how the global pandemic has caused the need for more newly acquired skills. According to the Cambridge dictionary, the term ‘Reskilling’ is the ‘process of learning new skills so you can do a different job or of training people to do a different job.’ ‘Upskilling’ being ‘the process of learning new skills or of teaching workers new skills.’ While the definition of the two are similar, the context is completely different.
The Need for reskilling
As the industry changes with the hit of the pandemic and rise in technology, reskilling allows people to overcome certain issues and problems. In the workplace, you’re often faced with challenges where you often have to think for yourself or perhaps take on a different role entirely. Many organisations sometimes aren’t proactive enough in their reskilling efforts, training may be at a minimum, or they don’t continue training you throughout the job therefore you often have to take responsibility for your own professional growth (Szakal, 2020). Therefore in the long run, not only does it help the company, but it helps you progress further in your career, keeps you on top with market demands and helps organisations hold on to the institutional knowledge that can’t always be taught (Goldbach, 2020).
How to Reskill for the future
There is always room to reskill in every business, firstly you need to identify what skills you have, versus what skills you need. This will help you identify any gaps you may have in the workplace. Consider what skills are in high demand, what are the most important? Critical thinking, problem solving and your learning agility. Having the motivation to learn will help you more than you think. Most importantly, learn how to use new skills in different situations and adapt existing skills in as many areas as possible.
The need for Upskilling
Upskilling requires you to improve existing skills. Dive deeper into your abilities and have more of an impact on your area of expertise. As mentioned before, the world around us is changing at a fast pace, the rise in social media as well as technology means that people need to keep up to date with new tools and learn different approaches. For example, social media platforms bring out new features constantly, keeping on top of the updates will allow you to be up to date with technology but also your target audience. It is a key factor in organisational growth and maintaining your audience as well as employees (Goldbach, 2020).
How to upskill for the future
Many of these skills come from within, upskilling takes initiative and motivation to do things off your own back. Getting involved more within a team, showing leadership skills, taking on more responsibility will all help you keep on top of new trends and new tools. Now of course, these things may not work for some people, and these qualities depend on what role you’re undertaking, so therefore it’s important to understand what your role is requiring you to do, and then hit all demands at your best. As things change quickly, organisations, university and college don’t train you on the skills you need to build a successful career (Szakal, 2020), they only teach you the skills you need to do a certain job. Not progress further.
Why it is important now more than ever – The Pandemic
COVID-19 is not something you can tip toe around, many things are now required to change and work differently. Marginger (2020) explains how we’ve had to come to terms with the fact that what happens next to the global economy is out of our control. Major changes like this always bring out new opportunities, you can either use them to learn from or you can settle down and slowly fade away in the job because you failed to reskill and upskill. The biggest impact for employees is the introduction of professional working practices in a home context. People had to learn new skills quickly in order to complete basic tasks at work. New tools have been put into place so that people are able to work from home, therefore employees had to learn these tools, learn a different form of communication and take on their own responsibility by themselves. Having said that, this itself has provided you with new skills you probably didn’t even realise you had. In a way, you have upskilled and reskilled without even knowing it.
At Chipkoo we teach you the importance of upskilling and reskilling, what you need in order to thrive in your chosen career. We teach you what responsibilities you may need and how to easily overcome issues that you may face in the workplace. It may seem like a lot in the rapid changing environment, but it’s simple and we can show you how.
Goldbach. F. (2020). Why Upskilling and Reskilling is essential to business survival. Retrieved from: https://www.thehrdirector.com/features/learning-development/upskilling-reskilling-and-the-survival-of-your-business/
Mardinger. R. (2020). The Importance of Upskilling and Reskilling During COVID-19. Retrieved from https://www.docebo.com/blog/upskill-reskill-employees-covid-19/
Szakal. A. (2020). Reskilling & Upskilling: How to Future-Proof Yourself for Tomorrow’s Aviation Workplace. Retrieved from: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/reskilling-upskilling-how-future-proof-yourself-arpad-szakal-mraes/