Skills enhancement is all about developing skills that will serve you in your career pursuits and make you more employable. This article is dedicated to figuring out what skills you should be developing and how you can develop them.
How do I know what skills to develop?
There are many general skills that are a good idea to develop, for example, first aid. When looking at career-specific skills, a great place to start is the Advanced Education, Skills and Labour Department’s Labour Market Information page, more specifically, their career profiles. AESL has compiled information about 90 different careers including sample job titles, average salaries, and most importantly, the different types of training required to pursue each career. You can find this page here: https://www.gov.nl.ca/labourmarketinformation/career-profiles/
The Government of Canada has a similar tool, however instead of starting with a career in mind and figuring out what skills to develop, you start with an education program and see where that can lead you. You can find that tool here: https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/career-planning/search-field-of-study
It can sometimes be overwhelming to try and figure out how to develop all of the skills and complete all of the training necessary to pursue the career you want. If this happens, take a deep breath and remember the old saying:
How do you eat an elephant?
One bite at a time.
How do I choose training/skills development that is right for me?
Aside from finding training that will fit your career goals, you also need to choose training that will fit your personal goals (and potentially, your personal barriers). You need to be able to choose training that will fit your schedule, as well as your learning style. There are many options of types of training and skills development. Below are just a few that might suit different learners and different schedules.
- In-class training: This in what most people think of when they consider skills enhancement. This usually consists of sitting in a classroom and listening to lectures or doing activities.
- Pros: More engaging and hands on, reliable access to instructors.
- Cons: Time consuming, requires access to reliable transport.
- Examples: University, college, trade school, ASIST training, etc.
- Online training:
- Pros: Ability to work on your own time, does not require transportation.
- Cons: Requires access to reliable internet, more steps to ask questions.
- Examples: Government of NL skills courses, food safety training, etc.
- Pros: Learning from people doing the work, learning in an environment where you will be applying the skills.
- Cons: Time consuming, may require preliminary training (eg. first aid)
- Examples: Lots of places need volunteers!
As linked on the #wheredoistart page, there is also a Skills Enhancement workbook created by the Canadian Council for Career Development (CCCD) which you can find here: https://employmentcollaboration.ca/wp-content/uploads/Supplement-6b-SE-Manitoba.pdf