5 In-demand Skills To Boost Your Employability

Today, reskilling, upskilling, and continuous learning can offer you many opportunities in Singapore. This does not only apply to people in their twenties but for individuals of all ages. Equipping yourself with the in-demand skills can help you stay ahead of the pack, expand and develop your expertise and give you an upper hand in entering your desired career.

As businesses in Singapore become increasingly digitalised, some skills are increasing in demand here. Whether you are a fresh graduate looking for a job, or someone thinking of switching to something else, having any of these 5 in-demand skills will definitely benefit you!

1. Data analytic skills

With over 4.83 million internet users in Singapore, we have plenty of data available all over the internet. With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing a large number of us to work from home, there has been a huge spike of data usage across the globe. The amount of data generated will only be increasing, and without data analytics, they will only be facts and figures with no meaning. Data analytics is the process of cleaning, transforming, and modelling data to discover useful information. Many companies and businesses are beginning to realise that they can use these data to find ways to review and improve their performance. Analytics and data science are here to stay. Equipping yourself with such skills will get you more opportunities.

2. Digital marketing skills

As technology continually evolves, consumers are rapidly shifting from traditional media platforms to digital media. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it is observed that people are spending even more time on the internet and this has influenced more organisations to incline towards digital marketing to expand their businesses. Marketing professionals are one of the most sought-after types of professionals in Singapore. You will need to connect and understand customer behaviour online in their respective industries. Digital marketing skills require you to have expertise in web platforms, strategy, and design, but also oral and written communication skills used in traditional marketing.

3. Software development skills

Everybody has downloaded mobile apps on their digital devices for many reasons, including entertainment, transport, and even meals. Many organisations see potential in this field and are seizing the opportunity by launching their own computer software and mobile applications. The demand for highly qualified and skilled software developers has grown exponentially, and it shows no signs of stopping.

4. Cyber-security

Cyber-security has always been one of the most in-demand skills, and it is even more sought-after now. The Covid-19 pandemic has forced everybody to move into the virtual arena for work, school and play. With more activities happening in the cyber space, cyber-attacks have become increasingly common. Many organisations have been negatively impacted, resulting in financial loss or reputational damage. The global cyber-security market is expected to continue growing as more cyber-attackers are discovering new ways to access sensitive systems and information, finding people with cyber-security skills are now dominating the priorities of every organisation.

5. Creativity and innovation

While creativity can produce fresh and unique ideas, innovation is the implementation of that creativity. It supports the introduction of new concepts, solutions, processes or products. Even amidst our increasing reliance on technology, one thing machines cannot outdo humans on is being creative. We have seen the importance of creativity and innovation during the pandemic of the past year. Many businesses have come up with new ways to deliver services virtually and switch to new products that are helpful to consumers during that period. Now more than ever, companies are in search of employees capable of inventing, imagining something different, and dreaming of a better tomorrow.

Conclusion

Are you inspired to improve yourself and acquire new skills? Come and visit us at the Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI), to check out the in-demand skills training and professional upgrading programmes conducted by our Training Providers. You can also speak with our friendly Skills Ambassadors at the Lifelong Learning Exploration Centre (LLEC) for a free one-to-one Skills and Training Advisory (STA) session to identify your career and training needs and goals.

Credit Sources: EPS, Straits Times, Geeks for Geeks, Hindustan Times, Forbes

Posted on 3 Feb 2021