An Investment in You: Why it's the Only One Which Really Counts
By Aditi Bhat
“Upskill or perish, that is the new truth,” believes CP Gurnani, CEO of Tech Mahindra.
Sounds harsh? But it's the absolute truth in today's booming job market, and here are some interesting stats to back it up.
Upskill or perish
Did you know? Over a million people enter the job market every year, but only around 10,000 find jobs. This is down to one thing: lack of upskilling. The National Skill Development Corporation says that there would be a need for a trained workforce of 11 crore individuals in India by 2022.
Furthermore, a survey by NSDC featured in an article in Hindustan Times in August 2017 states that out of 45 crore working professionals in India, 80% will require upskilling or upgrading with additional skills by 2022.
Consequently, a career approach that fosters continuous learning will not only save your job, but also create opportunities for you to excel professionally.
So, if you are in two minds whether investing time and money on upskilling is beneficial for you in a long run, nationwide trends like the Skill India Initiative by the ruling Indian government are a cue to think no more and get started by choosing the best online or classroom professional courses.
Learning is a continuous process
Every master craftsman knows the importance of sharpening his tools. The same holds true for any other profession. The need to constantly enhance your skills is not anymore about achieving excellence today, it’s also about keeping up with the fast-paced developments in almost every field and surviving the competition.
Best investment is the time invested in upskilling
Upskilling ensures that you stay in tune with the demands of the ever-evolving professional world. However, upskilling also means picking up new skills and new knowledge, and not just upgrading on your existing knowledge of a subject. For example, many professions require people with a multi-faceted skill set, so upskilling in just one subject area isn’t a wise option.
Many reputed educational institutes around the world and in India like Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Mudra Institute of Communication, ISB and KJ Somaiya have realized the importance of short-term certification courses for students and executives. These institutes offer numerous skill-focused professional courses to help professionals stay sharp and up-to-date with the evolving industry trends.
An added advantage of doing such courses is that they help in boosting your salary figures as well. The Analytics India Industry Report 2017 stated that IT professionals can boost their salaries by up to 4 lakh on an average by upgrading their skills in fields like big data and machine learning.
Advantages of upskilling.
Here’s an interesting fact: A research by Groupon in 2017 in Britain found that 17% of employees who invested in upskilling, witnessed a promotion or salary hike soon after.
Investing in yourself can have both short and long-term benefits in your professional endeavor. Your employer will be more interested in retaining you in the company owing to the increased value you offer back to the company.
Your performance and professional confidence will rise. In upcoming fields like big data, digital marketing, android app development, AI and Internet of Things etc., upskilling yourself with big data training, online digital marketing courses and business analyst courses will play a critical role in securing your job against fresh graduates armed with a degree in these new domains.
You will climb the corporate ladder in a short period of time to hold more challenging and valuable position in the company.
The perfect start to upskilling
While many short-term professional courses will require you to invest money and full time engagement to pursue them, it is not a mandate anymore with student-oriented programs like those offered by Manipal ProLearn, which are a game changer in the field of education.
Acting as a perfect stepping stone to improve your professional value, Manipal ProLearn offers a variety of professional certification courses across Technology, Digital Marketing, Data Science, Project Management, and Finance domains. The first course in every domain is free of cost and will allow you to experience world-class learning in the easiest possible way.
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