Turn down time into upskill time

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Are you feeling like you want to move forward with adapting to this rapidly changing job market but not sure how? It’s a good idea to set aside some time to upskill while you have some down time. Why not search for a free online course to keep up your motivation?

There are courses for just about anything out there! A quick google reveals communicating with animals telepathically (a perfect new low cost hobby), the ATO’s mundane but useful 30 second guide to doing your own online tax returns, instructions for building your own bomb shelter and anything else you have always wanted to know but never had the spare time to research.

Now is also a good time to add value to your resume by learning a new skill.

At The Gordon Skills and Job Centre Geelong many of our clients are doing a 28 day career challenge as a boot camp for job readiness. Check it out on Facebook to get some great tips and suggestions, especially if you feel you don’t know where to start to stay motivated.

You could try Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) which are free online courses available for anyone to enrol. It is like a try before you buy introduction to university study, only without the accompanying qualification although this can often be obtained at a cost if you complete assessments. These courses are delivered on platforms such as Coursera, edX, and FutureLearn and come from respected global universities.

Like TAFE, other providers such as the Khan Academy and Alison.com have a more bite-sized approach where you could just learn something practical with certificates available for some free courses.

As we have all been dragged into cyberspace to communicate online, you might as well get to grips with user tutorials for programs like Zoom, Microsoft Teams and other popular programs for webinar style learning which will be now be featured much more in gaining ongoing qualifications.

You could also sharpen your computer skills for the workforce. Many companies use Microsoft Office 365 as their PC software. You can find free tutorials in Excel spread sheets, MS Word and other office programs popular for administration tasks. Why not practice with a spreadsheet of what is in your pantry and set up an ongoing grocery shopping list to reorder toilet paper and those other luxuries in life?

No computer? No problem. If you have just a phone or tablet to access the internet then You Tube has a host of videos to prepare you for future employment. Look up “7 Body Language Tips to Impress at Your Next Job interview” or “30 Seconds to Impress”. Even some basic info clips for food handling and hand washing protocols provide practical upskilling.

If your devices data is down to almost nil, then don’t despair. Audio podcasts are a useful tool for hearing vital information on the go (or not). Check out Google Play or iPhone’s App Store for recommended free podcast apps to download then search for helpful audio clips.

Lastly, self-help e-books can be borrowed at no cost from your local library website then downloaded onto your tablet for a welcome distraction. Go to the website, use your membership card number and sign up for access through BorrowBox, Overdrive, Cloudlibrary or other apps. Phone to ask a librarian if you need help signing up. Don’t know which title to choose? You could always request the old classic The Power of Positive Thinking first written by Norman Vincent Peale in 1952.

Whatever you choose, now has never been a better time to slow down and focus on learning something new. Happy e-learning!

Copyright C.Caldwell, The Gordon Skills and Jobs Centre 1/4/20

 

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