In the current economic climate, it is vital that individuals from all backgrounds are thinking strategically about their careers. Up-skilling or retraining is key for future career success. Whether you are in employment or actively seeking new employment or a change of career direction, further education & development something that will impress any current or potential employer
- Up-skilling or re-skilling will enhance your CV and make you a lot more marketable
- It sends out the right message to current or prospective employers that you are someone who is taking control of your career
- It shows employers that you have the drive and determination to achieve your career goals.
- It makes you more valuable to your current employers, and in the event of downsizing it is less likely you will be considered.
- Keeps you up to date with developments in your field and demonstrates to employers that you are committed to Continuing Professional Development
- Nowadays it is much easier for you to retrain using online learning or distance learning courses.
- Those who think strategically and consider the developing industries. If you are an individual who is considering a total change of direction, now is your opportunity to do so
- The Government and IDA are focused on creating high value skilled jobs. By thinking long term when selecting what course to pursue, you are equipping yourself with the tools to be successful in the future.
- In the current economic climate people are taking the opportunity to return to college and retrain. It’s important not to be left behind
What role do employers have in up-skilling?
- Employers have a key role to play when it comes to supporting those who want to pursue further education or develop new skills.
- Retraining of staff should not be considered as a cost, but more as an investment. It increases the long term business success and it keeps organisations in touch with recent developments.
- In times of economic gloom up-skilling keeps staff motivated and can improve morale and retention.
- Top talent in any organisation needs to feel stretched, so it’s vital that employers invest in their future.
Nowadays, people are living longer. Two thirds of the country will still be in full time employment by 2020. Now is the time to react to this fact. China and India are producing more and more highly skilled labour and this is putting us in Australia at risk.
Australia needs to remain competitive and everyone has to take ownership. Up-skilling is the responsibility of the Government, Universities, individuals and the business world.