How To Cope With Skills Gap On Your First Job
Oct 08, 2019
By : Study Abroad
So after being #funemployed, you’ve perfected your resume, aced the interview, and landed your very first job! In fact, you’re a couple of months in. (Hey, congrats!) But somehow, you’re unhappy with where you are. You’ve noticed that you haven’t met your employer’s expectations when it comes to skills, even though you’re perfectly qualified with your bachelor’s degree. That’s called skills gap, which means “the disconnect that occurs when educational institutions do not produce graduates with the skills employers actually need.” And it’s not your fault at all, given how fast workplaces evolve with new technology, such as AI and automation. So the current workplace that you or your parents imagined is actually two generations ahead of your imagination. (Shocker!)
But don’t despair, friends. Here’s what you can do to gain 21st-century skills and thrive in the Information Age:
Determine which 21st-century skill you need first
Have you signed up for a Writer position, but found yourself needing more knowledge on Digital Marketing or Data Analytics? Are you a highly technical programmer who needs to improve leadership skills (so you can be a team lead in a couple of years?) Struggling to pitch a product to three different clients across three separate continents? Then you need 21st-century skills such as information, media & tech literacy, global awareness, and communication skills. Pro-tip: Ask your boss about what areas you need to improve in. Or if you’re having employee evaluations soon, request for a Personal Development Plan, and go from there to make the best career plan for yourself.
Sign up for available classes or seek learning resources
Everyone has the chance to upskill or expand their current talents because various industries evolve year after year. Doing so will let you stand out from the crowd of fellow applicants and let you realize your potential fully. Check out the Online Ed on Edukasyon.ph or seek skill qualifications at Pearson.
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