When was the last time you went for training?
In today’s ever-evolving job market, we all know that continuous learning and upskilling are part and parcel of achieving career growth, security, and sustainability.
But despite this knowledge, we constantly put training off – citing challenges such as work or family commitments. Our SkillsFuture credits and Union Training Assistance Programme (UTAP) funding remain untouched because we cannot find the time or know what to use them for.
However, the right approach and mindset can effectively balance work, family, and education.
Here are some tips to help any working adult prepare themselves for training and upskilling:
Understanding Your Skills and Interests
Before diving into any training programme, you must assess your current skills and areas of interest.
Know what your current role requires and the skills you will need to advance yourself. If you are like me and need to do something that excites you, consider your passions and the area in which you see your career heading.
This self-assessment will help you choose a training programme that aligns with your long-term goals, thus ensuring you invest your time and efforts wisely.
Research the Training Programmes
With so many teaching institutions with varying combinations of subjects, selecting the right course and education provider can be daunting.
Look up different courses based on their relevance, flexibility, and credibility. Do not underestimate the value of peer reviews in this instance.
Prioritise institutions which offer flexible schedules, online options, or part-time courses should you have heavy work or family commitments.
Set Clear, Realistic Goals and Objectives
Establish clear and achievable goals for your training and upskilling journey – you do not want to set the bar too high only to drop out or miss your mark.
Write down what you wish to learn and the skills you want to acquire. You can even note how these skills will benefit your career so that you will remember why you embarked on this course or training in the first place.
Set specific goals with realistic timelines. Plans create a sense of direction and motivation and provide a roadmap to make your learning journey more focused and purposeful.
Develop a Learning Routine
Just like going to the gym, consistency is key when it comes to learning.
Adopt a structured learning routine and integrate it into your daily life. Set aside specific time slots each week to focus on your course. Even if you have completed your assignments or studies, use that time to read up on industry-related news.
An established routine ensures steady progress, hones your discipline, and enhances your learning experience.
Seek Support and Network
Inform your employer about your training goals. Who knows, they may assist you with flexible working hours or financial support for relevant courses if your course aligns with your organisation’s objectives.
You should also join professional networks, online forums, or social media groups related to your interest. This is where keeping your LinkedIn profile updated will come in handy.
Networking can provide you with valuable insights and potential job opportunities and keep you updated on the latest industry trends.
With some planning and commitment, anyone can ready themselves for training even while balancing family and work.
Remember, an investment in training is an investment in your future.
So, when was the last time you went for training?