If you’ve been keeping up with my site lately, you will know that I was recently made redundant and wasn’t quite sure what the future held for me. In the end I managed to land a job with the same company, but while I was in limbo I had to decide what I was going to do with my life and my career.

One of the major concerns that I had when looking at job adverts was the number of qualifications that were stated as mandatory to be considered for an interview. It dawned on me that while I had a number of qualifications, many of them were dated and I was now having to rely on my experience to be considered.

Having gone through that now and seeing what it takes to land a job these days, it’s now a high priority for me to ensure that my skills are kept up-to-date so that I don’t find myself in a similar position. Unfortunately I now have less time than ever to take on additional study/courses and so I’ll be looking for flexible course delivery with as much online content as possible to allow me to succeed in this endeavour.

Companies like Upskilled are a great fit for me as they offer many of the management courses that I am now interested in, and they do so via a range of online learning solutions. I don’t have the time to travel to a university campus with a ridged timetable. I have a family, a business and I now have a job where I have much more responsibility any study needs to be able to fit in around all of that.

Something else I am now looking into is how I can ensure my staff stay up-to-date. Previously I only had a very small team, but in my new role I have 10 times the number of staff and I want to ensure that they have the necessary skills to keep the business operating effectively. Many of my staff will have the same constraints that I do, and so online study will likely be a preference for them as well. I might even look into if we can bring the training in house if there are enough people requiring the same type of training.

At the end of the day, staying relevant matters! One of the best ways you can do that is to ensure your skills match what recruiters are looking for, and having the right qualifications is the key to getting an interview and hopefully the job.