“You can use it to learn interview strategies or digital marketing. You can do a module on the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights. You can learn about how Google Analytics works. You can learn about how to run a presentation, how to manage change, how to put a project team together. It’s incredible.”
RMIT’s Souness says training has never been more important in the workplace.
“Employers must shift their perspective on training so that it’s valued as a core business activity and not simply a nice-to-have,” she says.
“Individuals must also rethink their approach to upskilling. A degree completed at 22 is no longer going to adequately prepare you for the skills demanded by the technological revolution. Everyone should consider whether their current role allows them to develop new and relevant skillsets and ask their employer to support their growth – be it through formal training or work projects.”
She says COVID-19 is a wake-up call that we can’t become complacent in how we work and learn. “Through our research, it was encouraging to see the number of people who said they have extended skills like leadership and critical thinking as we know these underpin business leadership. What we now need to see, is a similar extension across technical skills to power business transformation and help Australia remain competitive with our global counterparts.”
Alexandra Cain Australian Financial Review 4 March 2021