You’re smart, driven, and good at what you do. But having those qualities alone won’t be enough to score you a promotion or that corner office. The key to survival in 2018? Upskilling. To get to the next level, you need to acquire a set of skills that makes you a more valuable employee. Together with GetSmarter, we’ve put together a list of the skills that will make you both more marketable and a better employee, playing an important role in how far you’ll go in your career.
1. Ace public speaking
Being comfortable speaking in public is a great way to quickly establish your credibility and communicate effectively with your boss and colleagues. Whether you’re applying for a new job or trying to nail that promotion, the way you speak greatly affects people’s opinion of you. A great starting point would be to sit with your audience and make some connections before it’s time to speak. Or, beforehand, record yourself on your phone speaking on a variety of subjects and listen to those recordings over and over. *Cringe!* We know. Listening to your recorded voice can be awfully uncomfortable. But you’ll thank yourself the next time you step into an interview or give a presentation to a room full of people.
2. Become a project management and operations expert
Even if you’re not employed as an actual project or operations manager, learning how to define requirements, delegate tasks, meet deadlines and improve internal processes and systems are all skills that will help you to advance your career. In a world where success is defined as who can get the most done in the shortest amount of time, businesses rely on project and operations managers to ensure efficient systems are being used to minimise effort and maximise profit. Being aware of the best and most suitable processes for the people who have to get the work done will help you tremendously in a leadership position. If you need help developing that skill, consider taking a short course in Project Management or Operations Management to help boost the impact you have in your company.
3. Learn how to build your own website
Even if web developing isn’t part of your skill set or needed for the job you’re applying for, you’ve probably noticed that more and more companies are asking for a link to your personal website or portfolio. We can hear your heart racing at the idea of coding a website but don’t freak out. You don’t need to build a website from scratch, platforms like Wix and Squarespace provide beautiful templates for you to customise. Regardless of what industry you’re in, building a personal website is a great way to tell employers what you’re about, to list your skills and to showcase your existing work. Use it to create a portfolio if you’re a designer or a copywriter, to create albums of your drawings or images if you’re a fashion designer or a photographer, and to show off your programming expertise if you’re a data scientist or engineer.
4. Learn graphic design
What is graphic design? Basically, it’s developing a big idea with creative communication solutions to ensure that a message is received. Having a basic knowledge of graphic design—whether using Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator—is becoming a highly coveted skill for many types of careers, from commercial roles to digital management gigs. With practical graphic design knowledge, you can design your own résumé, produce captivating visual content for your company and communicate ideas that inspire, inform and captivate your team. To get started, consider a course in Graphic Design to equip you with the necessary technical and creative skills.
5. Establish your leadership identity as a woman
According to Gallup, female managers regularly outperform their male counterparts but are still earning, on average, 38% less than men working in the same position. The professional challenges that women in business face are unique and often fuelled by an unconscious gender bias in the workplace. By identifying and developing your own leadership identity as a female business leader, you can overcome these hurdles for yourself and bolster the performance of your organisation. GetSmarter’s Women in Leadership course is an amazing way to help you understand your power and recognise your strengths in the workplace.