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I want to boost my skills.

A good place to start when it comes to boosting your skills is identifying the specific areas where you want to grow or gain knowledge. To do this you could:

  • Research industry trends
  • Speak to an expert working in the field you are interested.
  • Read up on recent success stories.

If you want to learn more about the skills required to work in different sectors, you can read our working in different sectors here.

Once you’ve pinpointed the skills you want to develop, it’s best to come up with a plan that fits in with your job search ambitions. You can think about enrolling in online courses, workshops or attending conferences- many of which you can find on this website.

Through these courses and workshops, you can add to your knowledge pool, and add to your CV with your newfound skills and accreditations.

You can also gain practical experience through internships or volunteer opportunities. It’s important to remember that work experience is usually unpaid, so that will need to be factored in. If you’re looking for a way to gain some new skills, and make a difference - there are many charities you can volunteer with- this can be a way to do both at the same time, and add your newfound experience to your CV.

Once your skills journey is underway, it can help to stay up to date with the latest developments in your chosen industry by subscribing to newsletters, reading relevant articles and participating in online forums. Platforms like LinkedIn, Coursera and Udemy provide easy access to online courses, many of which are free. Staying up to date can help you to find out when new vacancies will become available, potentially even getting you earlier access as you’ll be more informed.

You could also consider working with a mentor, either in-person or online, which could boost your confidence as well as provide you with practical guidance and knowledge. It can also help you to boost your social skills, and to network more in your chosen sector.

Don’t forget, learning new skills will take time, but commitment and a willingness to adapt will set you apart in today’s ever-changing job market.

National Careers Service

If you need additional support, then you can contact National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.