Are You Still Stuck in Your Job? Why You Need a Skills Upgrade Today.


    Feeling stuck in a rut at your workplace? We’re pretty sure you’re not alone. At some point in one’s career, there may come a time when things just become dull or too repetitive to ever present a challenge.

    While others may struggle with boredom, there are some employees who just want to exit their industry completely either for long-term job security or to pursue their real passion or interests in life. If you’re one of these people looking for greener pastures, don’t forget to read our updated post here on “Singapore’s Top Industries in 2016 and Why You Should Work There Now”.

    Additionally, there are many people who feel stuck in their jobs because they don’t have anymore room to grow and don’t get opportunities to learn new knowledge. And of course there are those who just don’t have the confidence to leave especially if they are lacking some of the essential skills necessary to move to another field, profession, or position.

    It’s never too late to climb your way out of that office sinkhole. If you’re feeling stuck at work, then it’s time to get a skills upgrade to open up new career opportunities for you and break the monotony of your professional life.

    Why You Need a Skills Upgrade Today

    To Stay Relevant In Your Industry or in the Job Market

    It’s a very competitive job market out there with jobs that often require highly specialised skills. What you knew in the past may not be applicable in the present or even be obsolete in the future. So in order to always keep the doors of opportunities open no matter which stage of your career you are in, you have to continue updating and upgrading your current skills set.

    But reviving your motivation or jumpstarting your mid-career goals may not always be a walk in the park especially if you have been stuck in your job for some time. So as a jumping-off point, here are 6 Ways to Upgrade Your Career Today.


    For Lifelong Learning

    The Japanese word “Kaizen”, which means continuous improvement or change for the better, tells us what we need to remember about learning: it’s never-ending.

    From our time at school, to working on our first job, and progressing to our mid-career professions and silver years, we need to continue learning new skills not just for career opportunities or financial gain, but also for personal fulfilment and keeping up with the ever changing world around us.

    The government knows this all too well as they launched SkillsFuture, an initiative that will provide industry-specific trainings, online tools, and modular courses to Singaporeans who wish to get a skills upgrade.

    Under the SkillsFuture movement, the Government has also launched the SkillsFuture Credit programme where Singaporeans aged 25 and above will receive a starting credit of S$500. This credit does not expire and the Government will have periodic top-ups making it possible for people to accumulate the credit, which will make it even easier for them to pay for different courses.


    To Impress Employers And Boost Your Resume

    You may not be actively looking for a new job, but there will be employers always on the look out for the right candidate for their openings. So if you don’t want to miss out on these opportunities, it pays to upgrade your skills in order to impress employers and raise your resume’s chances of getting noticed by recruiters. This is especially true for entry-level employees and people aiming for a promotion.

    Pro Tip: Did you know that recruiters only spend an average of 6 seconds on your resume? This is how you can make yours last longer: Here’s How to Craft a Winning CV.


    For Health Benefits (Because Learning New Things Will Make You Happier and More Intelligent)

    When you upgrade your skills, you don’t only get to impress recruiters or have a knockout CV. You also get a lot of health benefits you never really expected.

    For one, upgrading your skills contributes to a happier you. Psychologists claim that learning new things is actually a core need for psychological wellbeing. That’s because people have a natural desire to learn and progress and learning a new skill or acquiring new knowledge helps us build confidence and boost our sense of efficacy.

    Through learning, we also get a chance to fuel our creativity and share ideas that can also be a way to connect with others and build life-long relationships. Also, a study by neuroscientist Nina Kraus revealed that learning new skills enhances verbal intelligence and working memory.


    So what are you waiting for? Don’t let your skills get out of date. Shake things up in your work life by taking charge of your learning and maximising your potential through life. The skills you learn will always be your asset and will help you shape the future you want.

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