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Five Steps to plan your Reskill or Upskill Journey

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There has been a ton of buzz about reskilling and upskilling in the professional world recently. For anyone who might be confused as to the difference between the two, here it is short and sweet:

Reskilling is when you obtain new skills to make a change into a new field. For example, I’ve read plenty of posts from teachers looking to transition from a career in teaching to the field of instructional design. While some aspects overlap because they are both all about learning, they are different ends of the spectrum and someone looking to transition needs to learn a new set of skills, tools, and methodologies.

However, Upskilling is when you learn new skills to further you in a field you’re already involved in. Like a talent development specialist that endeavors to learn more about coaching or conflict resolution. Those skills will enhance their current position and help them operate more effectively in their role.

If you are considering whether you need to reskill or upskill, here are five things for you to think about:

When we think about change most of us experience an adverse reaction, because most people don’t like change. But if what you’ve been doing is no longer working for you, it’s time to make a change. Whether it is a drastic change like a career switch or something less dramatic like learning a new skill or technology to keep yourself relevant in your current industry, EMBRACE the CHANGE and go for it!

Remember, learning is a journey. So, whether you decide to Reskill or Upskill,

Take it one day at a time, and one goal at a time. Before you know it, your outlook will be much more promising, and you will be CONFIDENT and CAPABLE!

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