How To Grow Your Skills And Advance Your Career

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How to Grow Your Skill Set And Advance Your Career


Many professionals have experienced furloughs, layoffs, or reduced hours as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. But there’s a silver lining: Having more time on your hands means you have an opportunity to focus on your professional development, which can be a game-changer for your career.


“We live in a skills-based economy,” says Latesha Byrd, a Charlotte, N.C.-based professional career coach and consultant. In other words, many employers base their hiring decisions on a job candidate’s abilities; thus, having a robust set of skills makes you more marketable to employers.


Whether you’re working or not, you should be taking steps to build your professional skills in order to stay relevant. Here are a few tips for developing your skills and advancing your career.


Focus on In-Demand Skills


Executive coaching. Fewer than half of 1,000 C-suite executives ranked their organization’s overall leadership quality as “excellent” or “very good,” according to the Development Dimensions International Global Leadership Forecast 2018. That echoes the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) findings that nearly 2 out of 5 HR professionals (39 percent) believe developing the next generation of organizational leaders will be their greatest human capital challenge in the next 10 years.


Look into Employer-Funded Training


Have you found an appealing class that costs money? See if your company will pay for it. Many employers provide paid professional training for workers.


“A lot of large organizations offer professional development reimbursement, or they’ll allow their employees to pitch a class that they’d like to take and will pay for the course if it teaches a skill that will make them a more valuable employee,” says Angelina Darrisaw, founder of the New York City-based career coaching firm C-Suite Coach.


This is an excerpt from an article in SHRM, written by Daniel Bortz, read the full article here.


 

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