Upskilling – A way to get ahead?
Over the past year it is evident to say that we all have a common nemesis – ‘COVID-19’. Our lives have been put on hold, and we do not have any other choice but to isolate ourselves away from our friends, families, and colleagues. However due to the pandemic, people have a lot of free time that they could use wisely by upskilling and to invest in themselves.
People have lost their jobs and companies are cutting pay scales. But its about what you do next:
- Are you going to wait for things to go back to some form of normality to find new employment?
- Will you be prepared?
- Are you ready to rock the boat and try something new?
The world as we know it has changed so we have no choice but to adapt to these new surroundings we have all found ourselves in.
From a commercial perspective, business has borne a heavy burden; many companies are prevented completely from trading and some haven’t been able to survive the lack of revenue. So, it’s no surprise that as a result of Covid, unemployment has gone up significantly. The latest figures show unemployment at 14.7% in Ireland.
Maybe you are in that category at present? Or you might know someone who is currently out of work? It’s a very tough situation, but here’s a bit of good news – there may be an opportunity to change your career during covid. This could be a golden opportunity to recalibrate your career and upskill.
Whatever your plan is, this is the time to get prepare.
Upskilling During the Pandemic – 10 Useful Resources
- Udemy: Choose from 130,000 online video courses with new additions published every month. Click here: https://bit.ly/3aAoY4e
- Coursera: Build skills with courses, certificates, and degrees online from world-class universities and companies. Click here: https://www.coursera.org/
- Alison: Free online courses from the world’s leading experts. Click here: https://alison.com/
- ICT Skillnet ‘Lockdown Learnings’: Every month they hold 45-minute webinars covering a multitude of topics with special guest speakers. Click here: https://www.ictskillnet.ie/training/lockdown-your-learnings/
- Future in Tech Programmes: 8 FREE tech skills programmes to help non-tech jobseekers rapidly and easily develop new digital skills and access new job opportunities. Click here: https://www.futureintech.ie/
- ‘Right Course’ online portal: This is a one-stop shop for businesses, employees or unemployed persons to find the third level options available to them. The portal outlines the further education and training places, the courses in higher education on offer, and information for those on a social welfare payment. Click here: https://www.gov.ie/therightcourse
- Local Enterprise Office: In response to the pandemic, the LEOs have launched a series of LEO training webinars. These live video sessions cover topics such as what financial supports are available to businesses; how to manage cashflow during and after the crisis and how to innovate and adapt your business to overcome the challenges of the crisis. Click here: https://www.localenterprise.ie/Portal/response/Lunch-and-Learn-Training-Webinar-Series/Lunch-and-Learn-Training-Webinar-Series.html
- Regional Skills Fora: Network of Regional Skills Fora was created as part of the Government’s National Skills Strategy and provides an opportunity for employers and the education and training system to work together to meet the emerging skills needs of their regions. Click here: https://www.regionalskills.ie/
- Skillnet Ireland: They currently support over 18,000 businesses nationwide and provide a wide range of valuable learning experiences to over 70,000 trainees. Their mission is to facilitate increased participation in enterprise training and workforce learning in Ireland. Click here: https://www.skillnetireland.ie/all-networks/
- Skills Connect: Part of Skillnet Ireland, Skills Connect facilitates the rapid reskilling of orkers most impacted by COVID-19. Skills Connect offers free online training programmes and enterprise-led virtual job placements to jobseekers looking for new jobs and careers. This valuable initiative offers individuals the opportunity to develop new skills or reskill, build confidence and access practical on-the-job training. Click here: https://www.skillnetireland.ie/skills-connect/
Final Words on Upskilling during the Pandemic
Despite the difficulties of the current situation, maybe it’s a chance for you to change things for the better; developing new skills in a field where you have a natural ability but no training – this may be the right moment to change career. The pandemic has brought hardship but if you are unemployed and are looking to better your career options – then this is actually a good time to get moving as many of the courses that are available at no cost may not have been available or affordable in the past.