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Upskilling in the age of COVID-19

After the challenges of 2020 the world definitely feels a bit topsy turvy. With all our plans up in the air, deciding on the right moves for your future career can seem like an impossible task. But as we learn to live with COVID, those who upskill, retrain, and invest in their skills will come out on top.

An uncertain future

The COVID-19 pandemic has made many Australians realise their careers aren't as stable as they thought. Whether you've lost your job, had your hours reduced, or have seen your job prospects dry up overnight, it's hard to find an industry that hasn't felt the impacts of the pandemic.

But despite this uncertainty, there are still things you can do to help improve your job security. In fact, it's more important than ever to ensure your skills are both up-to-date and in demand to give yourself the best chance for career advancement during the COVID-19 recovery.

Benefits of upskilling

Constantly enhancing and building on your workplace skills through upskilling has many benefits. Gaining specialist skills — such as a trade licence or specialisation — can make you invaluable in your organisation and help improve your job security. Cross-skilling and developing complementary skills can help improve your career prospects, and investing in your leadership and management skills can provide pathways into management roles. Upskilling and constantly investing in your career development is also essential in order to keep up with todays online and digitally-focused world.

If you need to change careers entirely, then retraining is often an essential step to ensure your career transition is a success. While you'll bring a lifetime of experience into your new role, a skill set or micro-credential can help give you the essential, foundation-level knowledge you need to hit the ground running in a new industry.

Get recognised for your existing skills

If you've built your career through on-the-job training, you've no doubt racked up a vast array of skills and experience. But many people find they can only get so far without a formal qualification.

That's where recognition of prior learning (RPL) comes in. This process assesses the skills you already have and provides a personalised study plan for any gap training you need to complete to receive a full qualification in your area of expertise. With FREE RPL now available in a range of study areas including business, agriculture, tourism and hospitality, community services, and health, now's a great time to enhance your career with a formal qualification.

Study when it suits you

If you're wondering when on earth you'll have time to fit your studies around your work, family and other commitments, you're not alone. These days there are a range of flexible study options available that can make completing a qualification more achievable than you might think. With online, part time and on campus study options available across more than 50 campus locations in Queensland, you can study when and where it suits you.

Affordable training options

While building your career by reskilling or upskilling is a smart career move, the cost of training and development can sometimes hold us back. But thanks to a range of funding and subsidies, future proofing your career has never been more affordable. Depending on your circumstances, you could be eligible for the Certificate 3 Guarantee, Free RPL, or free micro-credentials and skill sets, just to name a few. Recent school leavers and graduates could also be eligible for Free TAFE for Year 12 Graduates or Free Apprenticeships for Under 21s. With some funding designed specifically to help people impacted by the economic impacts of COVID-19, now's a great time to boost your skills and career prospects.

Find out how TAFE Queensland can help you upskill, retrain and future proof your career in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.