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Seize the opportunity to excel this summer

With the New Year just on the horizon, your resolution list for 2018 might have the ultimate job or a promotion right at the top.

Sometimes hard work in isolation doesn’t pay off when it comes to chasing those dreams, and the key to unlocking your true success lies in upskilling and adding to your core competencies so you can deliver greater value to not only your role but your wider organisation.

The great news is that summer provides the perfect opportunity to do just that – to take your career to new heights through e-learning that blesses you with the best of both worlds – the opportunity to still enjoy the blues, brews and BBQs synonymous with our favourite season, all the while giving your CV the X-Factor.

With January and February traditionally a very busy time for job seekers as they reevaluate their future after the holiday break, having a compelling CV with current examples of personal development – like study – is particularly important when it comes to cutting through the noise and standing out from the crowd. Higher education is always a great way to help your CV catch the eye of a recruiter or HR team as it shows ambition and a hunger for self-improvement.

The Ministry of Business Innovation & Employment (MBIE) is predicting strong employment demand in the business service, retail, and management and professional sectors in the next three years, meaning exciting opportunity awaits for those who have the right skills.

Moreover, with technology being ever-changing, the fastest growing sector in New Zealand, and representing an integral part of every industry, keeping pace with evolving knowledge and emerging developments is vital to remaining not only competent but competitive in the workplace. E-learning is a way to stay across these fast-paced changes and to tap into an industry which was identified by Trade Me jobs in 2017 as offering the most lucrative career options.

For those in existing roles where they believe they have more to offer, be transparent with your employer about your plans for career development and/or a promotion. Ask them for their advice and guidance on what skills they would like to see you hone or acquire so you can tailor your e-learning choices to meet these requirements. For those in the market for a new and more challenging role, research and even contact the companies you aspire to work for and ask them for a rundown on what additional skills you might need to be considered for a role. When it comes to upskilling, having an informed strategy is key.

Ultimately, life is too short to procrastinate when it comes to pursuing your dreams! Knowledge is power and translates to greater earning potential.