Best Ways to Gain New Skills

If time is a bit against you, but you still want to learn new skills to enter the job market – then this is for you. You have quite a few options.

If you’ve become stuck in the old ways of doing things, you will achieve the same results. Is it career advancement you’re after? Then it is time for a change. Why not try to gain new skills? There are many ways that learning new skills can benefit you. For one, it can help you rediscover your passion for your job or your career. And if you’re currently feeling stuck in your current job, learning new skills can give you the boost you need to take your career to the next level. 

Here are a few useful skills that can benefit any career:

  • Business English/ Business Writing
  • Computer Literacy
  • Negotiation 
  • Communication
  • Business Management and Leadership 

What are the Best Ways to Gain New Skills?

If you’re looking for an opportunity to enter the workforce, switching careers or climbing the corporate ladder, learning new skills is your best bet. Not only will it help you perform your daily tasks, but it will show recruiters that you are serious about advancing your career. 

Apply for an Internship

Get on-the-job training and learn more about the industry you would like to work in with an internship. Not only will you gain new skills that will help you with your career, but you will also get proper job experience. Internships also allows you to network with other industry professionals. Leave a lasting impression so that they will notify you when a position is open. 

Enrol for a Short Course

The fastest way you can gain new skills is to register for a course. If you need to acquire these skills in a limited time frame, a short course will do you wonders. Short courses are designed to give you specific skills to do a certain role. All you need to do is find a short course that teaches the skills you want to learn. We have many short courses you can choose from to help boost your career. 

Attend Workshops

There are many industry professionals who are keen to share their skills and give advice. They normally do so by hosting seminars and events. Given the current state of affairs, we have to practice social distancing. That doesn’t mean it’s the end of seminars and events. You can still join in on the conversation online via Zoom or other conferencing platforms. 

Join an Online Community

Meet like-minded people who are seeking the same skills as you. You can do this by joining online discussions and forums. This is a great opportunity to learn from others and get tips and advice from them. You can also share your experiences and knowledge to help them. Teaching someone how to do something is part of the learning process. Our students get access to Together We Pass (TWP) study groups. 

One of the Best Ways to Gain New Skills is do to online courses

Obstacles you Will Have to Overcome

Of course, learning new skills won’t be easy. There will be a lot of hurdles and it’s best you are prepared for them. 

Your Mind

Learning new skills takes a lot of commitment and determination. You will be your biggest obstacle when it comes to finishing what you’ve started. Everyone learns things at a different pace. And you may often find yourself in a situation where you compare your progress. Don’t compare yourself with others. Set realistic goals and reward yourself once you’ve achieved them. 

Getting Started

One of the biggest challenges you will have is getting started. Learning a new skill can seem intimidating at first. Mainly because you might not know where to begin, or the unknown scares you. The best thing you can do is just get started. You have nothing to lose. 

Failure

You are not expected to know it all. Everyone has to start somewhere and failure is okay. You could suck at whatever you’re doing the first few tries. And that’s normal. This is part of the learning process. Figure out what you’re doing wrong and improve from there. 

How we Will Support You 

You can apply to any one of our courses to learn new skills. But remember, just because you’re a distance learning student doesn’t mean that you won’t have our support. Independent learning doesn’t mean you’re completely on your own. Here’s how we will support you in gaining new skills.

Academic Assistance – If you need feedback on your assignments or you’re having issues understanding the work in your textbooks, our academic team is keen to assist. Just send them a message via email or Whatsapp, and they will assist. 

Access to Online Study Groups – We understand the importance of being surrounded by people who share the same goals. That’s why we give all our students access to online study groups at no additional costs. Here you can share study advice and tips.

Broaden Your Horizons

A course is one of the best ways you can demonstrate your ability to get the job done. At Skills Academy we offer something for everyone. If you’re looking for a quick fix, you can enrol for a short course to help you. You can get started whenever you want. No matric required. Get in touch with a course expert today. 

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Last Updated: October 30, 2020

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Cherri-Lee Rhode
Cherri-Lee Rhode
Cherri-Lee is the Head Writer and Content Team Leader at Skills Academy. She enjoys writing but loves the mentoring and training aspects of her job just as much. Her philosophy and answer for everything is 'skills are taught'. You can view her LinkedIn here

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