Increase Your Knowledge and Skills
If you’re career minded and driven to succeed, you understand the importance of continually increasing your knowledge and skills. Ongoing training and education can boost your career growth and unlock your full potential. In this article, we encourage you to increase your knowledge and skills by focusing on three key areas.
1. Industry Skills
Increased Industry skills and knowledge give you the capacity to work as a professional in your chosen industry. For example, an electrical apprenticeship will give you a Class A license to work in the Electrical Industry. Likewise, a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering equips you for a variety of roles in the Chemicals Industry (and related industries).
Industry skills can be developed by pursuing further qualifications. Higher qualifications equip you for more responsibility, more senior roles and increased salary potential.
2. Job Skills
Job skills are specific to your current role. For example, a Payroll Officer needs specialised job skills to use Payroll software. Job skills and knowledge will increase naturally as you become more experienced in your role. In addition, you can boost your job skills by doing the following:
- Complete job specific short training courses
- Find a mentor or supervisor to help you develop and build your skills
- Attend workshops, seminars and skills refresher courses
3. Transferable Skills
Transferable skills are useful in every life situation. Communication, teamwork, negotiation and problem solving are examples of transferable skills. Depending on your personality, some of these skills will be your natural strengths; others will be weaknesses. For example, outgoing personalities usually have excellent communication and teamwork skills, but often have poor organisational skills. Work on your weakness by:
- Reading self-improvement books
- Participating in any free staff training workshops provided by your employer
- Getting involved in community programs, sports and after hours activities that improve transferable skills
Success in today’s competitive job market depends upon how well you differentiate yourself from other job candidates. Working to continually increase your knowledge and skills will set you apart, making you the obvious choice for recruiters.
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