Much has changed in almost every aspect of life in recent years, including the skills needed in different industries. The COVID-19 pandemic, the Fourth Industrial Revolution and challenges around sustainability continue to put a spotlight on various professions, while even new ones emerge.

According to the World Economic Forum, approximately one billion people will need to be reskilled by 2030 thanks to the Fourth Industrial Revolution. You may now be considering the pros and cons of enrolling in a course, so we looked at courses worth investing in that will equip you with competitive skills and expertise in today’s workforce.

 

 

DATA AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI)

In a world where data is said to be the most valuable resource in the world, it’s safe to say that it is an area of expertise that will continue to shape our future. Companies are basing their decisions on data science and it is a skillset needed in different industries, including marketing and sales, finance, business intelligence and even higher education. On the other hand, AI encompasses machine learning, algorithms and robotics, all necessary for the development of products and even ways of working.

 

 

SALES, MARKETING AND CONTENT

If there’s one industry that keeps evolving as customer needs and behaviours do, it’s marketing. Continuously upskilling in the areas of sales, marketing and content will give your CV a boost and allow you to work across industries in different roles.

 

 

CLOUD COMPUTING

We live in a world where technology is a part of our daily lives. According to TechTarget, “Cloud computing enables people to access software applications, data storage and other services over the internet instead of through traditional physical servers in a back office,” making an expert in this field a top contender for positions in technology. There are a range of skills in cloud computing to consider, including cloud service platform expertise, programme languages and data management.

 

 

PEOPLE AND CULTURE MANAGEMENT

While all things tech may be all the buzz, organisations are still driven by people. This means businesses across industries need to continue putting focus on organisational culture, which, according to Indeed.com, “helps improve workflows and guides the decision-making process,” which ultimately impacts the bottom line. If you are already in the HR field, you’ll understand that employees of today consider not only the position and its earning potential at a company, but the culture of an organisation as well. People and Culture Management goes further than just traditional HR by focusing not only on the people, but the environment they work in too, helping companies find and keep the best quality workforce.

 

 

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

According to IPL, Product Development “is the key tool to keep the companies in competition with the competitor products and to keep up with the changes and trends in the market.” With that said, any company would want to keep a competitive edge in the market, making product developers key.

GIVE YOUR SKILLS A BOOST AND YOUR CV THE COMPETITIVE EDGE

Now that you’ve decided to upskill, you may need help with funding your education – a worthwhile investment in your earning potential. Consider an institution dedicated to academic excellence, like our partner Damelin, and use your RCS Store Card which gives you 55 days interest free on courses. Alternatively, you can apply for an RCS Loan from R2 000 and up to R150 000 with interest from as low as 15%*. Use our fast, paperless application and get a decision in seconds.

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