Just one in three Australians are aware of the latest digital trends related to their job or industry despite employers viewing regular upskilling as the norm for anyone who wants to stay relevant in their role, recruitment firm Hays has found.
The organisation spoke to 1,253 professionals with 96 per cent regarding upskilling as ‘important’. But only 48 per cent do so just once a year or less.
Nick Deligiannis, managing director of Hays in Australia and New
Zealand said upskilling shows a candidate is proactive, take their development
seriously, is genuinely interested in their field and is willing to put in the
effort to stay up-to-date.
“Digital skills are now considered standard competencies for any
role,” he said. “Jobseekers who don’t upskill in digital regularly, to keep
their skills current, are seen as out of touch.”
People today work with technology that didn’t exist two or three
years ago, said Deligiannis.
“That’s the norm, regardless of your role or industry,” he said.
“Employers expect professionals to keep up with the latest technology and
digital trends relevant to their job or industry.”
Digital skills are no longer viewed as nice-to-haves and these
skills won’t set senior IT decision makers stand out from the crowd, he said.
“They’re considered standard requirements. Any
candidate that hasn’t made upskilling a regular component of their weekly or
monthly schedule will be at a serious disadvantage when looking for their next
job,” said Deligiannis.
learning is essential to career success however it doesn’t need to involve a
continuous series of expensive courses.
said there are several ways IT leaders canregularly upskillthat
won’t break the bank.
for stretch opportunities at work
industry leaders and thinkers on social media
an industry or professional association
up a peer-to-peer learning group
free online tutorials, on new technology and software applications.