TAP In with Tristan : What is Upskilling & How Do You Do It?

Tristan talks about what upskilling means and how you do it. To master the skills you need in this changing workplace, you must be deliberate in what you learn. Take advantage of these game-changing tips!

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Tristan: What’s going on, Living Corporate? It’s Tristan, and I want to thank you for tapping back in with me as I provide some tips and advice for professionals. Today, let’s talk about what upskilling means and how you do it.

Upskilling is another way of saying learning new skills, but with a twist. Upskilling is being driven by advances in technology and living more effectively in a digital world. It’s no secret that new technologies, like artificial intelligence (AI), are rapidly changing the way we work. While technology creates jobs, it has also led to the disappearance of them.

To master the skills you need in this changing workplace, you must be deliberate in what you learn. Here are a few tips for employees on how to upskill.

Be strategic. Identify what skills will be the most valuable in your job, workplace or industry in the future. Technology is moving faster than the vast majority can be trained. Stay one step ahead.

Honestly evaluate your strengths and weaknesses. A top performer has self-awareness. Know your weaknesses and work on them with humility.

Ask for what you want. As an employee, you’re in an advantageous position right now. The workforce is in flux and top talent is hard to attract and retain. Now is a perfect time to ask your employer for more responsibility or learning opportunities. But before you do, identify areas that will benefit your employer, as well as help you progress along your career path.

Upskilling is much easier with the plethora of courses available online. And many of those are free. Whether you want to take a professional certification course, a class for fun, or learn something altogether new, online learning is great.

Coursera is a great online choice for professional development and course variety. Coursera’s roots are in science, technology, and math. However, now you can find more than 2700 courses in almost every field. It is an excellent choice for professional upskilling.

LinkedIn Learning is for professionals who want day-to-day skill-building. LinkedIn offers short classes to get you up-to-speed quickly. A lot of the classes are less than an hour and are designed as teasers but with a ton of information.

Udemy suits the niche-learner. Udemy instructors come from different backgrounds and experiences, and that is what makes it great.

If your interest is making yourself more marketable in the future, take a peek at several job postings to see what companies want. Use that as a starting point for which online classes are worth taking to fulfill your long-term goals.

This tip was adapted from an email sent by Ashley Stahl and brought to you by Tristan of Layfield Resume Consulting. Check us out on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @layfieldresume, or connect with me, Tristan Layfield, on LinkedIn.

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