There are many reasons as to why you may wish to broaden your professional set of skills. It’s nice to feel competent, and this is perhaps one of the first reasons. When we don’t have to worry about being a fish out of water when taking a job, we can get to work and start to learn the depth of our role with care. Not only that, but following this path can also help you remain more comfortable and more confident when aiming for a range of potential employment paths.
This means that applying for a job in one field, or taking on a vulnerable position at a startup you believe in, or continually refining your worth and diverse experience can also be best helped, because your transferable skills may translate from one position to the other. Having a few potential options like this can be important.
But how can you refine your professional skill set in this way, and what skills are even worth pursuing? This is a worthwhile question to ask. Please, consider some of the following advice to this end:
Studying A Range Of Skills
Being open to study a range of skills and to understand the real-world applications they will attend to can be important. In fact, this is the principles that prestigious institutions such as the University of Southern California are starting to promote in everything they do. A range of skills such as this can allow for a continual and expressive means in which to enhance employability, or to ensure that transferable skills are best catered to.
Studying a range of skills is important, but it can also be important to understand how many directions those skills may be applied in. That, in itself, may offer a range of possibilities to help you enhance your employability. After all, many career opportunities are vastly competitive in the modern day, and so always being able to plan for a backup, or to find your worth in a career, or to use these skills as your own independent contractor (perhaps even working for yourself one day) can be a vital step forward. It’s with careful plans like this that universities are continually stepping up to the needs of the modern professional. This cohesive strand of educational attention can be considered a vibrant and vital new move in these directions.
Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone
Many people find that once they get into the swing of things, working in a certain role can be quite a secure and comfortable routine to get into. Of course, we cannot decry anyone who finds comfort in the work they perform, nor in the fact that they’re able to hold a job with consistency. That, for many, can be a noble goal to strive for.
However, if you truly wish to improve your employability, it may be that getting out of your comfort zone is necessary. For example, it could be that you have trained to study fauna and wildlife within an internal archiving position at a university. Perhaps your laboratory is your world, and this is worthwhile for you. Yet if you have the chance to go on an expedition, studying said fauna in its natural habitat, it’s not hard to see how this very intensive perhaps years-long project could help you finally see how effective you are out in the field.
This example, translatable to so many different working opportunities, can help you avoid limiting or restricting yourself when you have so much more to give. Sometimes, an encouraging example like this is all it takes for someone to think of their own position, and to move forward in that field.
Connect With People
No professional is an island. It’s important to know who the movers and shakers in your space are, but it’s also important to unite with those on your level, to continually celebrate the work that you do among those who feel passionate about it.
Who knows the insight you could gain from this? The collaborative efforts you could take part in? Even something as connecting with a local business in a mutually beneficial B2B arrangement could help you curate a loyal business relationship for decades. You’ll have never known this unless you took the time to progress that opportunity. In terms of employability, this could be as simple as getting our name out there, attending business conventions, or attending important events in your industry.
With this advice, we hope you can vastly increase your employability.