The question of how to reskill to find a new job during covid is becoming a priority for millions of people in the UK. Findings from a recent report from the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) have confirmed this. The report revealed approximately 26 million workers will need to upskill in the next ten years. This will be needed to keep up to date with developments in business and technology. The report revealed a further 5 million people are likely to experience what it called a ‘fundamental’ job change.
The challenging employment environment caused by covid has forced millions of people into unemployment. Many of these jobs are feared to have disappeared forever. The City & Guilds Foundation is a UK charity focused on social investment and advocacy programmes. The foundation predicts an additional £130bn will be needed for adult education over the next ten years.
What is reskilling & upskilling?
Whilst there is a growing need to find a new job during covid, the need to reskill is not a new thing. A study in November revealed 61% of workers believe many furloughed jobs are at risk of automation. However, the ongoing pandemic is accelerating this change in some sectors. As such, some market research has suggested approximately 54% of employees will need to reskill or upskill by the end of 2022, predicting a huge increase in job hunting. Reskilling involves learning new skills for a different type of job completely. Sectors such as sales, administration and hospitality are seeing the biggest need for reskilling. One of the reasons for this is an increase in the use of robotics.
Upskilling involves learning new skills to develop further in your current position. For example, this could involve learning a new technology being introduced into your industry. In the past, upskilling and reskilling where seen as luxuries, only done by those wanting to better themselves or experiencing a mid-life crisis. However, the pandemic is changing all of this and forcing people to consider starting a new job. People are realising certain jobs/industries are not as stable as previously believed. Therefore, there is a growing eagerness by people to learn new skills that will help to future-proof their careers and move towards more viable jobs.
Find a new job during covid
The mass unemployment caused by covid is naturally causing many people to look at starting a new job. However, what jobs should you be looking at, and perhaps more importantly, what jobs are hiring? It is perhaps no surprise to learn that IT-related positions have seen a surge in numbers. Positions related to cloud computing and interface design have seen big uptakes. This trend for IT-related jobs has been growing for years but is now spiking because of the consequences of covid.
Other sectors that have seen significant increases in job numbers include online retail and home delivery services. However, these changes are considered more short-term than perhaps others, such as IT-related roles. It is perhaps natural to be wary of terms such as reskill and upskill when job hunting. However, learning new skills should be considered a positive not a negative. Never stop learning new skills for career success is great advice. Continuous learning refers to identifying skills you predict you will need in your role for the future and then learning them. This can be for your current position or for a completely new career entirely.
Make a plan & stick to it
Easy! Of course, the reality is slightly different. Identifying the skills you need to future proof your career is perhaps the easy part. What can be more difficult is then learning these new abilities. Digital skills are an obvious area for many to focus on. The lockdown has shown the importance of technology for businesses, and this is only going to increase in the future. Many related IT qualifications and courses are available, with the UK government expected to increase funding in this area to help people reskill.
One such programme is the Kickstart scheme aimed at providing young people with valuable skills and experience. Change in 2020 has become the new normal for many. One of the best ways to overcome such change is to become more flexible in the skills that you possess. Not only will this open more employment opportunities but also give you more freedom and control over the types of jobs you can and want to apply for.
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