How to boost your digital skills and advance your career

Do you feel underqualified in today’s digital world? You’re not alone.

Research suggests that 50% of UK workers also feel this way. Digital skills are extremely valuable, especially in today’s working world. There aren’t many jobs out there that don’t involve being online.

Unfortunately, 22% of business owners believe that a lack of basic digital skills among their staff is preventing them from advancing their digital presence online. Interestingly though, 80% of UK professionals feel that their employers aren’t doing enough to support staff, and a whopping 90% are interested in taking up digital skills training if it was offered by their employers.

This suggests that businesses should take more of an interest in growing a digitally savvy workforce to stay on top of the latest trends and that more needs to be done to assess basic digital skills training in the workplace. This could be achieved through initiatives like the National Retraining Scheme, for example.

If you’re looking to expand your technical expertise and advance your career, here are a few additional ways to navigate this learning curve.

Take a look at free, beginner courses

Many businesses and organisations recognise the benefits of lifelong learning and are providing easy-to-reach resources to help professionals obtain the digital skills required for progression.

If you’ve got a union where you work, check out their own learning programme. Every year 200,000 people take continuing learning opportunities at work through partnerships with unionlearn. They’re one of the biggest providers of basic ICT skills, and your union learning rep may well also be organising more advanced courses in partnership with your employer.

Develop your learning online

One useful tool you can access from home is Google’s Digital Garage. The hub provides free training courses on a range of topics within the digital spectrum that you can complete at a pace that suits you. From courses on emerging technologies and trends, to top-ups on the basics, there are plenty of training programmes available to boost your tech knowledge to help you in the workplace.

Subscribe to digital blogs

If you’re curious about what’s going on in the digital world, you can easily stay in the know by reading blogs and subscribing to newsletters from the experts.

If you’re interested in content marketing, perhaps visit the Content Marketing Institute. If you’re more intrigued by hard-core tech, try TechCrunch or Mashable. You can easily boost your digital skills by reading up on the areas you’re interested in and those that affect you at work day to day. You’ll be well on your way to becoming a digitally savvy professional, ready to embrace the tech-hungry world head-on.

 

Laura Slingo is Content Executive for the UK’s leading independent job board, CV-Library. For more expert advice on job searches, careers and the workplace, visit their Career Advice pages.

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