Increase your digital skills to improve your employment prospects
Many people are finding themselves, at this time of Covid-19, either furloughed or at risk of losing their job. At Cloud9 we work with clients in many industry sectors and have seen more job security in those industries where digital technology has been better adopted. In a competitive job market, ‘digital literacy’ and tech talent has never been more important. With more and more people deciding on a career in tech – how can you set yourself apart from the crowd?
Carlene Jackson, CEO of Cloud9 Insight, a Dynamics 365 specialist, says “future-proofing is best achieved by hiring the right staff and developing a culture of learning. Business owners can future-proof their business by creating company cultures that promote flexibility, growth mindset and upskilling, as well as experimentation. We have a coaching culture and enable shadowing so the team can learn from one another.”
Having provided over 700 businesses with cloud-based CRM, and as an award-winning provider of tech apprenticeships, Cloud9 Insight follows its purpose of ‘creating the future of work’ by addressing the shortage of tech talent – in all industries, not just the tech sector. Not only that, but through delivering services 100% remotely since lockdown, clients are starting to realise the crucial role technology plays in business agility, continuity and even survival.
If you want to increase your employability, you should use this time to develop your digital skills, taking advantage of the vast array of free online resources available. There will be no better time if you’re on furlough, reduced hours, or have gained back time in your day from not commuting. However, it can be hard to cut through the sheer mass of resources available, so we’ve put together a list of our favourites to help you on your journey:
Government Skills Toolkit: Free online digital skills courses for all abilities
Future Learn: Mostly free courses for professional levels, including digital marketing and social media
Google Digital Garage: More advanced and specific courses for those with some experience in tech who are looking to upskill.
Cloud9 Home Working Resources: A toolkit for parents to make homeschooling and entertaining kids a little easier