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AUTHOR BIO: With over 20 years of experience in B2B marketing, Annick Nuyens first worked in the hospitality service industry and then moved to the knowledge industry. She currently works for Informa in the Dubai office, where she oversees marketing for public and inhouse training courses, conferences, exhibitions and managed events across the Middle East and Africa.
Landing the job that you want can take some time. In a highly competitive job hunting environment, most people typically wait months before even getting a slot for an interview. The waiting period is often frustrating for many, but you can actually make use of it to better secure your advantage in getting employed.
If you have money saved up, why not sign up for learning programs? Build up your knowledge and skills while you are waiting for the job that you want. Making a conscious effort to improve upon what qualifications you have can boost your chances of getting hired because employers will see that you are committed to being the best that you can possibly be.
Apart from this, as industries continue to evolve, the new skills and knowledge you acquire may prove relevant to the positions you have your eyes on. You can easily edge out your competition because you possess more abilities that are useful to a company or an organization.
So, what are some of the best learning programs or courses to sign up for? Rounded up below are seven of them:
1. Public Speaking
Confidence is an important trait in the professional world. One of the best ways to cultivate confidence is by learning how to speak in front of a lot of people. A public speaking masterclass or course can train you on how to work against the jitters when facing the public.
Although the nature of your job may not require it, public speaking skills will come in handy when you need to deliver reports and even personally deal with the higher ups of the organization you work for.
Likewise, there may be company events that would require people with such skills. You can volunteer and show your bosses a different side of you that may make them appreciate you more.
2. “Train the Trainer”
This special course is quite in demand as progressive organizations are always looking for people who can effectively transfer expertise to others. A “Train the Trainer” course will prepare you for such a job, increasing your value as an employee as well as your eligibility for leadership positions in a company.
3. Risk Management
Every industry comes with risks, and mitigating them is a constant effort. With the help of such a course, you can learn all the principles of risk management. You can present yourself as a solutions provider and an even bigger asset to any organization.
4. Strategic Planning
Even if you have your heart set on a specific position in a company that is completely separate from the strategic planning team, you can benefit greatly from taking this course. This is because the fast changing operations of most industries require dynamic people who can contribute to strategic planning.
If you know how to strategically think to ensure the advantage of the company you work for, you can contribute solid, helpful ideas. You may even be the catalyst for change in the organization, and help steer operations in the right direction. This is why any growing organization will see great value in someone who has been trained in strategic planning and thinking.
5. Real Estate
This is worth considering when you find the competition too stiff for the jobs or positions that you want and the wait to get employed is taking a painfully long time. It never hurts to open yourself up to other career possibilities because with adequate training, you can succeed at them.
Real estate training, for example, is highly recommended because the real estate industry can never have enough realtors and professional stagers. Also, even when the economy is bad, there remains a demand for the services of real estate professionals. There are always people looking to buy, lease or sell properties.
The important thing here is to have a personal culture of learning and striving to improve yourself at whatever stage in your life. You can never go wrong with having a varied knowledge and skills set because it will open new doors of opportunities for you.
In fact, you may even cease to find employment as the right way to launch your dream career and decide that professional success is something you can achieve without ever being someone else’s employee.