3 Reasons Why You Should Learn or Update a Skill

We all know and understand the importance of learning however we are also aware of the time it takes - usually, time is what we lack in our day to day lives.

It's often difficult to manage and maintain a work-life balance so adding skill training or updating a potentially already established catalogue of skills is usually not high up on the priority list.

It is important to recognise that when we ignore our personal development, we risk getting left behind - whether it’s skills used for a hobby or for work. From a workplace and technological standpoint, investing in learning and self-development will not only help you stay ahead of the curve but maintain your relevance and to ensure your future career success.

According to research conducted by Manpower Group, 65% of the jobs the GenZ population will have, at present, do not even exist. As a result of this finding, one of the key skills and talents that will be valued in workplaces of the future will be the ability to learn and gain new skills and show dedication to this.

In this article, we will discuss three reasons as to why it is important to dedicate time to learning a new skill and or developing and refreshing already acquired skills.


1. Allows you to remain relevant

Learning a new skill will allow you to broaden and progress your personal and professional developments, keeping you up to date and relevant within your industry. When technology or products innovate, you won’t be left trailing behind as you will be aware and prepared for these advancements.

Truth be told, it is important that if you wish to compete in today’s job market, you must be aware of specific trends and adapt your skills to match. It’s not advisable to overload on courses and attend everything, it's important to think about your current and future learning and how you can use these new skills to stay ahead of competitors and remain relevant.

2. Failing to prepare is preparing to fail

Learning a new skill or strengthening your existing skills will help you adapt to unexpected changes within your life. For example losing a job, if you find yourself in this situation you will have already prepared a bank of additional skills that will aid you in the prospect of finding new work. By continuing to learn and broadening your horizons, you’ll more easily step out of your comfort zone and take on new job opportunities. It is important to embrace difficulty as a challenge rather than a problem - being able to view learning a new skill as a challenge and an opportunity will allow you to acquire these new skills with a positive attitude and outlook.

3. It boosts your health and well-being

Lifelong learning can be conducted at any age, it is an act of keeping both the mind and body actively engaged by gaining experiences and knowledge. According to the NHS website; learning a new skill can assist you in boosting your self-confidence and raising self-esteem, helping you to build a sense of purpose and helping you to connect with others.

Spending time learning a new skill acts as a distraction whether that be from stress at home or work; it allows you to build self-esteem, confidence and brings excitement. Learning can help you discover additional potential that you otherwise may not have known you had which in turn grows your skill set whether that be in a workplace or a pursuit of a new hobby.


How can Skills Training Centre broaden your skill set?

At Skills Training Centre we provide a comprehensive range of quality and cost effective short courses and qualifications to Local Authorities and Private Sector organisations. We don’t believe in delivering courses that just tick boxes, we provide training that allows our attendees to learn new skills, improve existing skills and retain industry based knowledge.

The courses we provide are designed to be relevant and cost effective and are delivered to high standards. Our instructors are professional and experienced in their respective fields and are highly skilled at taking into account the needs of individuals with different skills, abilities and experience.


If you wish to gain further insight into our range of training courses and what Skills Training Centre can provide for you, please get in touch.

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