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From Theory to Practice: Putting Your New Skills to Work After Upskilling

Upskilling has become an essential aspect of navigating the ever-evolving job market. Whether you’ve taken an online course, participated in a workshop, or earned a new certification, the true test lies in applying your newfound knowledge in a practical setting. Here’s how to bridge the gap between theory and practice, ensuring your upskilling efforts translate into real-world success:

  • Identify Opportunities to Apply Your Skills: Remember the saying, “charity begins at home”? This applies to your upskilling journey as well! Look for internal projects or volunteer opportunities within your current company that allow you to utilize your new skills.  This is a great way to gain practical experience while contributing to your team’s success. Discuss your upskilling initiatives with your manager and express your interest in taking on new challenges.  In addition to internal opportunities, you can also search for external positions or freelance gigs online to broaden your reach and put your newfound skills to use in the wider job market.
  • Practice Makes Perfect: As the saying goes, “practice makes perfect.” This principle holds true when it comes to upskilling.  Our previous article explored the concept of the learning curve, highlighting how repetition accelerates your progress.  Building on that knowledge, it’s crucial to consistently practice your newfound skills. Here’s where things get exciting!  Put your skills to the test by undertaking personal projects. This allows you to experiment, gain practical experience, and solidify your learning.  For instance, if you’ve honed your web development skills, you could build a portfolio website.  Or, if you’ve focused on marketing, try creating a social media strategy for a local business. Remember, the key is to start and iterate – the more you practice, the faster you’ll master your new skillset.
  • Network and Build Your Community: There’s truth to the saying, “you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” As you navigate your upskilling journey, surrounding yourself with like-minded individuals can be highly beneficial. Here’s how to leverage your network and build a supportive community:
  • Connect with Professionals: Join industry-specific professional associations or online communities. This allows you to connect with peers, learn from their experiences, and potentially find mentorship opportunities from experienced professionals who can guide you in applying your skills.
  • Attend Industry Events: Participate in workshops, conferences, or webinars related to your field. These events offer valuable networking opportunities with industry professionals, allowing you to learn from leaders and stay updated on the latest trends in your domain.
  • Evaluation: Continuous Improvement: Upskilling is an ongoing process. Here’s how to ensure your efforts translate into long-term success:
  • Seek Mentorship: Mentorship provides invaluable guidance throughout your upskilling journey. Experienced mentors can offer feedback on how to effectively apply your new skills in the workplace, helping you bridge the gap between theory and practice.
  • Self-Assessment: Regularly evaluate your progress. Analyze the results you achieve by applying your skillsets. This self-appraisal allows you to identify areas for improvement and track your overall growth.
Want to learn even more from the experts? Join us for the upcoming EIT webinar on "From Theory to Practice: Putting Your New Skills to Work After Upskilling" happening this Saturday, April 27th, 2024. Gain valuable insights and practical strategies to bridge the gap between theory and application. Don't miss out - register today!

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