With lockdown measures imposed at the start of the pandemic, online learning has grown significantly as people seek ways to improve themselves personally and professionally while staying at home. As digitization emerges in different spaces and different industries expand or contract during the pandemic, it is critical to stay on top of trends and constantly assess the skills required to adapt to these changes.

As a result, a plethora of online learning platforms have emerged, offering a diverse range of course options for nearly any skill you need to master. According to JobStreet‘s Decoding Global Talent Survey, there are more online courses available today than in the past. In 2020, the proportion of people who use online learning platforms to learn has increased significantly by 58 percent.

So, why is upskilling more important now than ever? JobStreet, a leading online job portal, shares their perspective on online learning and why it is worthwhile to consider.

Beefs up your credentials

While online learning is not required, it may provide you with an advantage by making you more marketable or relevant in your current job and role. Having it on your resume will demonstrate that you are not only ambitious, but also dedicated to your own personal development and career.

According to Kristel Mae Jalotjot, Senior Human Resources Officer at JobStreet, most employers continue to evaluate applicants based on their experience and behavior, but having certifications from online courses in a resume is definitely a plus, especially if it helps them perform the job that they are applying for.

“Take advantage of professional development opportunities such as conferences, training, certifications or additional degrees. While there are no guarantees, online learning can help you in strengthening your position within your current company. It can also help you in building your skill set in case you need, or decide to explore new opportunities,” she added.

Career advancement and security

According to Forbes Magazine, one of the main reasons why people want to take online courses is to advance their careers. Employees can secure their career’s future by broadening their knowledge and skill set, which can also serve as a stepping stone for any future career opportunities that arise.

The flexibility of online courses allows you to learn without jeopardizing your career. It can also provide you with limitless opportunities that will allow you to step up in the workforce and advance your career with greater confidence.

The pandemic isn’t an easy time for anyone, but there can be an upside to social distancing and self-isolation — use this time to harness your existing skill sets and learn new ones that will help you in not only securing your career but advancing it. 

To maximize your online learning experience, JobStreet recommends taking online courses relevant to Digitalization & Automation, IT & Technology, Management, and Social Care.

“New developments emerge on a regular basis in various spaces.” To be future-ready, you must learn about these developments and further hone your existing skills in specific areas,” explained JobStreet Country Manager Philip Gioca.

With the massive amount of learning materials now at your disposal, you can pick up nearly any skill that will help you future-proof your career.

More career advice and tips can be found at jobstreet.com.ph/career-resources/.