As the ubiquity of technology becomes more pronounced across all industries, and is shifting the landscape of the workplace, upskilling will become increasingly necessary. In addition to technology, the rising trend of job hopping has also made upskilling fundamental for the transition into a new area of expertise, or entrance into a completely new career path.
Upskilling as the name suggests, is the learning of additional skills to enhance your current skill set, and expand your capabilities.
Upskilling is an important tool for workers and job seekers to survive and thrive in an ever-changing job market.

Benefits of Upskilling:

- Greater Mobility in Your Career
A 'job for life' is a thing of the past. According to a recent McCrindle study, Australians are averaging 3 jobs per decade, with even higher rates of voluntary turnover amongst workers under 35. It is clear that job hopping is becoming more commonplace and workers are more open to exploring the plethora of choices available to them. This cultural shift has been a major catalyst for the rising prominence of upskilling. The development of new skills is extremely important for job hopping, as it enables you to successfully tackle the challenges of a new role. Upskilling effectively broadens your skill sets and opens the door to a greater variety of job opportunities.

- Protect Yourself From Obsolescence/Redundancy
The robots are coming. Technology and its integration into almost every single field has led to dramatic changes in the kinds of jobs that are available. Automation, artificial intelligence (AI), and robotics are all playing a significant role in the obsolescence of many positions. According to research conducted by StartupAUS, approximately 40% of jobs in Australia won't exist by 2030. The main types of jobs vulnerable to this change include hospitality and tourism, transport, retail, warehousing, construction, manual labouring, and so on. With so many jobs hanging in the balance, upskilling is extremely beneficial as it helps to safeguard workers from being replaced by technology, due to the career flexibility that varied skills allows for. Training in skills that can't be easily replicated by machines, such as analytical, interpersonal, communication, and problem-solving skills, will help to ensure you won't become a victim in the technological revolution.

- Better Salaries
It's a simple equation. The more skills and qualifications you have to offer, the better your prospects are for landing a well-paying position or receiving a promotion. This is because upskilling and the possession of a broader range of skills, knowledge, and qualifications, can give you a competitive edge over other candidates. Upskilling increases your value as a worker, as well as your bargaining power, since the breadth of your skills can make you an irreplaceable asset to the company. Upskilling allows you to progress in your current career path or embark on a new one.

How Do You Go About Upskilling

Upskilling equips workers with relevant and useful skills that can be applicable to a variety of different roles. Upskilling effectively empowers the worker and provides them with the flexibility and know-how to be successful in a dynamic job market.

Here are some avenues you can explore to upskill yourself:

1) On-The-Job Training
Companies usually work hard to retain their staff, as the recruitment and onboarding process of new employees are often costly and time-consuming. For this reason, there are usually a number of in-house training opportunities available. These upskilling opportunities won't always be automatically granted, so to access them you will have to explicitly express interest to your supervisor/manager. This will highlight your proactivity, enable you to grow your skill set, and put you in good stead for career progression within the company. The skills that you learn via on-the-job training will also be transferable to relevant external positions.
Upskilling via on-the-job training can also be as simple and informal as asking a co-worker for coaching/mentoring. Your co-workers are rich sources of knowledge and experiences, so don't be afraid to ask them to teach you a new skill.

2) Seek Further Education
The most obvious way to expand on your skill set is to seek further education. This includes enrolling into TAFE, university, short courses, seeking apprenticeships & traineeships, etc. These formal training options provide the opportunity to hone in on your current skills or develop a completely new set of skills, and gain an official qualification. Upskilling via further education is especially beneficial for those who wish to change directions and pursue a new career path. Skills grounded in a solid education helps to prepare workers for the future by equipping them with transferable skills.

3) Join A Labour Hire Agency
Joining a labour hire agency is beneficial as the flexibility of labour hire work allows you to gain a variety of work experiences, that can help advance your skills. Working as a labour hire worker opens you up to the opportunity to work with a number of companies in your desired field, receive their brand of on-the-job training to sharpen your current skills, potentially learn complementary skills associated with the role and improve your employability. Joining a Labour Hire Agency is a great way to dip your toe in the job market, dabble in a number of labour hire work opportunities, and decide whether you would like to pivot your career or focus on building your expertise in a certain field.

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