Upskilling for a Greater Future

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How you can easily and efficiently upgrade your education for new career opportunities 

When the education you have isn’t enough to get you the job or promotion you want, it’s time to upskill. Upskilling is the process of expanding your capabilities and adding new skills to your repertoire. While advancing your education in any way could be seen as upskilling, I tend to look at it as acquiring specialized, job-focused skills through course-specific education.

It’s a thoughtful approach to maintaining reliable work. In July, Strategy + Business published an article about upskilling featuring a study focused on the future of job availability and job change. The article explained that the study, “published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in 2018 estimated that 46 percent of all jobs have at least a 50 percent chance of being lost or greatly changed.” 

The World Economic Forum (WEF) approaches upskilling more directly, stating in an article that, “as the world faces the transformative economic, social and environmental challenges of Globalization 4.0, it has never been more important to invest in people,” particularly by way of higher education.

The WEF went on to explain that the Fourth Industrial revolution is causing a significant decline in “some roles as they become redundant or automated.” Featured in the article, the 2018 Future of Jobs Report cited a loss of 75 million jobs by 2022 as technology displaces workers. However, these same technological advances “could also create 133 million new roles,” as specialized technicians and engineers are needed to work with machines and algorithms. The piece concluded that, “to proactively realize the benefits of these changes, at least 54% of all employees will need reskilling and upskilling by 2022.”

Upskilling is a game changer because it allows people to quickly and cost-effectively gain the new skills required to improve their situation, no matter what their circumstances. Some organizations implement upskilling programs for jobs being taken over by automation, or for employees who seek to move up the corporate ladder. But most often, the initiative is taken directly by the individual who seeks greater opportunities for themselves. This is where our marketplace comes in. ODEM provides on-demand access to educational courses that focus on subject matter most pertinent to the labor market.

 

Our program catalogue is filled with great course options. Here are six in-demand courses for you to upskill: 

Communication Training - New York, with Educator Steven Jarding

Course teaches participants regardless of proficiency in communication, state-of-the-art techniques for how to best communicate using proven body language and voice techniques as well as how best to use emotion and passion in communication and what words best connect to audiences. The instructor is world renowned and has taught these techniques at Harvard for the past 16 years, as well as to thousands of professionals, politicians and students around the world during the span of a 40 year career.

Getting Industry Ready with Blockchain, with Educator Abhishek Bhattacharya

This introductory course sets you on a path to explore how blockchain is revolutionizing several different industries - all at once - and, the skills required to test your mettle there. This course will allow you to take up more technical courses further.

Leadership Expertise / Employer Retention, with Chart Learning Solutions

Module 1. Leadership Expertise Module 2. Confidence in any Situation Module 3. Leadership Credibility Module 4. Hiring the Right Talent Module 5. Retaining the Right Talent.

Coaching and Mentoring, with Chart Learning Solutions

5 Modules: Module 1. Getting the Right Help, Module 2. Mentoring Peers, Module 3. Coaching Peers, Module 4. Self-Coaching, Module 5. Giving and Receiving Feedback. 

Influence Skills, with Chart Learning Solutions

Module 1. Appropriate Use of Power, Module 2. Six Influence Techniques Module, 3. Getting Other to Follow Your Lead, Module 4. Credibility: Maximizing Core Influence Module, 5. Win-Win Negotiation.

Career Development, with Chart Learning Solutions

5 Modules: Module 1. Overcoming Workplace Barriers, Module 2. Effective Assertiveness, Skills Module 3. Productive Meetings in Half the Time, Module 4. Conflict Management, Module 5. Moving Up the Ladder.

These hard and soft skills will give you the education you need to secure greater employment and provide you with invaluable life skills. I hope you’ll explore our course catalogue and discover all of the courses that are tailored to you. Learning should be lifelong, and that’s what we strive to encourage and make possible with our diverse and industry-leading courses.

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