Skills Development at Home: Enhance Your Career
by Ceren Gökhan
In the changing and developing business world, the emergence of new fields and the transformation of professions created many experiences and skill seeking. So much more besides academic success in recruitment, soft and hard skills gained by the person started to stand out. To learn more about the skills related to your field, you can read “Top 5 Learning Skills to Adapt.” There are many options for skill development that you can adapt from home rather than just gaining work experience. If you aim to keep up with this change when we spend most of our time at home, the rest of the article can give you an idea.
According to QS, employers demand competencies from graduates outside of the field of their study. Some employers even place more emphasis on general skills graduates have acquired than the actual degree discipline. In recruitment, the success of a graduate in subject discipline is not sufficient. In this context, non-disciplinary achievements such as work experience, volunteering, participation in clubs, and the skills gained in these activities are equally important with the knowledge and experience gained through academic work. So here are a few ways of developing these skills at home by yourself:
1. Enrolling online courses
We all know that there are a lot of ways to improve your hard skills. One of them is taking advantage of online courses. Platforms such as Udemy, Coursera, Khan Academy, and Skillshare have become the most accessible way to improve yourself from home. They will provide you with knowledge outside of your university curriculum.
2. Setting goals according to your strengths and weaknesses
First of all, self-knowledge comes first in self-development: knowing your strengths and weaknesses. If you do identify them as soon as possible, they will allow you to take a big step into your self-improvement journey. To determine these, you can get help from professionals to give you feedback, find a mentor, or question your capabilities for your goals like never before. As you get to know yourself, you will start a more planned skill development, and you will be able to focus on your right skills by knowing your weaknesses.
3. Participating in group projects/activities to develop skills
Gaining communication abilities to work harmoniously and efficiently will improve your soft skills. For example, if you are still a university student, you can join many societies and take an active role in student clubs. If you are working in the same way, you can socialize in your business area and encourage those around you to be a team. Although such efforts may seem challenging at first, they will bring you great returns in the long run.
Taking these small steps to improve your skills will help you advance your career and accomplish personal goals outside conventional university education and professional environments. Stay safe, healthy, and productive!