This article is sponsored by The University of Melbourne.
No matter what industry you work in, you could probably do with brushing up on your skills. The reality is, the workforce is constantly evolving no matter what industry or sector you work in, so staying on top of new developments and becoming better-equipped to evolve with the continually changing world, is crucial.
In short: The learning shouldn’t ever really stop. And while we could all do with honing our craft a little more, there are undoubtedly some industries that benefit from an upskill more than others. One place to look is at online courses that are more flexible (and therefore, suited to someone who works full time) and made in consultation with the industry you work in, like the postgraduate options offered by The University of Melbourne. Keep on reading to find out exactly which industries should be thinking about extra learning.
Health is one area when continued professional development (CPD) is not only encouraged but mandatory. Because technology is changing every day, staying up to date with the latest industry developments in your area of expertise is fairly important. There are plenty of things you can do day-to-day for CPD, like reading journal articles or taking online quizzes, but definitely, the best way to properly upskill is with a certified course that teaches you industry-standard skills at a reputable institution.
When it comes to teaching, there are countless ways to add another string to your bow. For example, learning specific digital skills to be more inclusive in the classroom, training in more targeted language assessment, or going all the way with a Master of International Education to give yourself a competitive edge within Australia or aboard.
IT and Computer Science
If there’s one industry where the way you do your job changes year-on-year, it’s in IT and computer sciences — but if you work in this sector, you already know that. One skill that’s increasingly sought after is the area of cybersecurity, but having the tools to implement strategy in a disruptive environment is also invaluable.
Architecture, Building, and Planning
Over recent years, there’s been more and more recognition that design plays a key role in the health and happiness of communities, and the way space impacts health and human experiences. In short, design for wellbeing is an industry on the rise, so upskilling in these areas can only be viewed as a positive move for your career progression. Similarly, areas of interest like urban and cultural heritage practice and applied data analytics in relation to urban planning are not only interesting but impressive on a resume.
Business and Communications
This is a bonus upskill for you because these skills are useful no matter what sector or industry you work in. The type of upskilling you do in the areas of business and communications will largely depend on the kinds of work you do. Learning more about digital storytelling, generating creativity, and setting boundaries at work is very beneficial if you work in communications. For business and leadership roles, there is always more to learn about managing a supply chain and effective team management respectively. Again, it’ll depend on your speciality.
If this has inspired you to do some extra study in your area of interest, check out The University of Melbourne’s online postgraduate options. There are loads of courses and all of the above industries are covered — from microcredentials to master’s degrees.