Formal courses are used as a way to acquire knowledge and skills by 47% of 1250 surveyed professional but there is much to consider before you embark on any study.
According to research from consulting firm Deloitte, the half-life of learned skills is falling so make sure you research any potential course for its relevancy to your industry before signing up.
Consider short courses such as specialised certificates aligned closely to developing trends in your sector. There are also a plethora of online tutorials on how to use technology and software applications too.
Check out “Moocs” – the nickname for Mass Open Online Courses. Moocs allow you to study for free with some of the leading education institutions in the world. Some of the top tech companies also offer courses. While you probably won’t end up with a formal qualification, you will acquire the latest information impacting your sector.
Constant upskilling is the new normal for anyone hoping to stay relevant in an increasingly mechanised world. A recent survey of 951 employers found 77% are more likely to shortlist a qualified candidate who upskills regularly.