If there’s anything we’ve learned from speaking to Singaporean entrepreneurs and learning about their habits, it’s that none of them have ever rested on their laurels when it comes to self-improvement.
Earlier in 2018, Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam talked about how Singapore is the only country with a well thought-out lifelong learning scheme in place for the public.
“We are going about it [lifelong learning] much more systematically than most, in a very deliberate fashion. There’s not other country with as a deliberate a strategy as SkillsFuture,” he said to the Straits Times.
So, if you’re looking to upgrade your skills and knowledge to better your future, here are some things you can learn easily:
1. Programming And Computing
It might sound intimidating but computing languages like Python and Ruby are easy to learn. Plus, there are plenty of grants given to Singaporeans looking to take on coding and programming skills. One such grant is CITREP+ that gives students up to 70 per cent off their selected course. Read more about it here.
2. A Language
Being able to speak more than one language can open up many doors for you in the professional world. It can allow you to work in new markets or seek new business opportunities.
It’s important to consider market growth and trading opportunities when choosing a language to learn. Some of the top languages to consider learning include Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, French, Mandarin, German, Italian, Russian and Arabic.
3. Information Security
Cyber Security is a big deal today. With so many of us sharing our personal information online while making transactions. Cyber attacks have increased in frequency as hackers seek to obtain such valuable information.
Skills in information security can help to improve your career options. You’ll have to have some skills in coding and programming to learn how to build Firewalls and other data protection programs.
4. Presentation Skills
Presentation skills are vital in the professional world. They’ll help you sell anything to your audience. Your presentation can help you either make or break a deal.
Learn presentation skills such as creating interesting and informative infographics, videos, tutorials and slides. You may need to learn how to use tools such as Keynote, Lightroom and Photoshop to create visuals that grab attention and tell an interesting narrative.
5. Content Marketing
Content marketing is vital in the digital era. It involves creating content to attract a specific audience. Learn how to sell to people on social media and other online platforms. This skill combines various other skills including communication, research and idea creation. As aforementioned, Facebook is a great and convenient way to start learning more about Facebook marketing.
6. Data Mining
Data mining allows companies to predict consumer behaviours and project future trends. It involves collecting data from transactions, social media and sales reports. The information is deconstructed to provide predictive models.
7. Crisis Management
We live in an age where information is shared widely and spreads quickly. A negative word from a consumer about a product or service can easily cause major losses to a company. Crisis management can help to avert online crises and provide solutions for the problem.
8. App Development
Apps have become a part of our daily lives. Checking when the next bus arrives, making a reservation for dinner, shopping online. There is an app for almost everything today, yet we see new applications popping up almost everyday. There are no end to the number of apps available today and we heavily rely on them, just like how we depend on app developers to design them.
9. UX Design
If the users don’t have a good experience while using an app, website or program, they are not likely to use it again. User experience design is vital for the success of any website, program or app. This skill will help you make confusing interfaces user-friendly.
Don’t put off updating your skills till tomorrow. It’s time to step out of your comfort zone and get cracking right now to improve your career opportunities. There really is nothing to lose!
This article first appeared as 8 Skills To Upgrade For A Better Career In Singapore 2018 And Tips To Beat The Excuses on Money Kinetics: Singapore’s definitive guide to financial literacy. Money Kinetics helps Singaporeans compare and evaluate loans, deals, cards and guide them to make their money work for them.
The article has been edited for concision and style with the permission of Money Kinetics.