Entire populations around the world are stuck inside, with extra time at home they don’t know what to do with. It is easy to get lost in the void social media or stressful news. Instead of that, why not turn your attention to prepare to return to the office as a better worker? Countless resources are available for free to expand your knowledge and develop new skills. Not only could those resources bring you useful insights, but they could also boost your resumé.
Why now is the best time to develop new career skills:
When office life returns to normal, you can expect everything to be a lot more intense than before. Entering this intense environment prepared, with extra skills that make you better at what you do is an advantage that will not go unnoticed. Valuable skills can be leverage for raises, promotions, even a new role.
Covid-19 has caused unprecedented technological and digital acceleration. Therefore, technology and innovation skills are now more than ever, a relevant factor in the search for the best talent – regardless of the sector.
Webinars can be an excellent way to develop your knowledge about specific topics. You can gain new skills in a short period of time from experts in the field. Usually, you can ask questions, initiate debates, therefore promoting interaction.
Many companies have different types of webinars, about different topics. Here are some webinars that you can watch during your quarantine:
Sign up for Virtual Events
Most events were cancelled because of the quarantined imposed around the world. However, this is the era of digital and technological progress. Globalization allows us to make such events happen, despite of the inability to regroup face to face. Therefore, because of quarantine, events that would not be offered online are now available to the public. These events are the ideal occasion for connecting with other professionals attending, networking, promote this new knowledge on social media, and much more.
Get to Learning: Digital Courses
Another useful wat to expand your knowledge and develop new skills is to attend free courses. If you’re not sure what course to take, focus on the skills that you’re lacking! This type of educational resource is becoming more and more widespread as technology advances. Many sites such as Skillshare, Udemy and FutureLearn offer virtual courses. As a manager, you could get all the members of your team to take this course, taking it to the next level.
Getting certified is proof that you were able to pass the exam, by a certified examiner, bolstering the value of the certification. This can be valuable leverage when trying to promote your professional career. Different certifications are available to complete online depending on the sector you wish to explore.
- In sales: Certified Inside Sales Professional (CISP), Certified Sales Leadership Professional (CSLP) and many others.
- In IT: there are a couple different areas you can get a certification in, like risk, routing, design or manage risk.
- In Marketing: certifications with Google Analytics, Google Ads, Salesforce, Facebook and many more.
With certifications, you can become a more valuable asset to your current employer or reinforce your CV with skills that will make you the most coveted talent!
Maintain relationships with your Coworkers.
It is important to maintain relationships with coworkers. Not only is it an effective way to beat the loneliness of staying at home, but it is also a great way to learn from others and stay focused. Mutually encouraging each other to make the most out of these difficult times by staying productive.
Most of us were pushed out of our comfort zones and forced to adapt to remote working. However, this does not mean that we are forced to put our lives on pause until this virus passes. Be productive, use this time effectively and come back to work the best skilled and motivated worker you can be. Let’s have an upgrade.