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Digital disruption is coming. Matt and Liz Raad discuss digital skills needed to stay employable

Is Your Job Safe?

Job security is something that comes up a lot when we talk to students. With the shift in digital economy, people are becoming more aware of the types of skills they need to remain employable and keep their job secure.

Times have definitely changed though and completing a 4+ year degree just isn’t going to cut it anymore. Micro-credential education is becoming popular in America and we’re starting to see it here now in Australia too.

The great thing about what Liz and I teach with EBusiness Institute, is that you’re not just learning to build your own portfolio of valuable online assets. You’re also learning those important micro-skills needed to become a well-rounded employable asset to the marketplace.

Matt Raad:               One of the things we wanted to talk to you about today is job security. Especially those of you who might be worried about your future job security. Or maybe you who don’t like your current work situation and you want to change your career.

Job Security And The Digital Economy

Okay, so what do you do? Well, of course we’re going to be biased! That’s because we are in the digital economy. This is how we make our money, and it’s what we love teaching people about. But seriously, you need to consider the digital economy, and getting trained in that space. It’s where, going forward, there’s going to be huge opportunities for career.

But also, there’s some other ones that we wanted to mention today. And that is, when you retrain in this digital economy, you are learning how to build websites or make money online, so you can do that yourself. You don’t just have to go out and get a job. This gives you the option of creating your own wealth without having the fear of whether you’re going to have a job in the next 12 months with an employer.

Liz:                   Yes, you take control of your own destiny. This is where the future is heading, and we can see that changing all the time. There are more and more jobs being disrupted by artificial intelligence etc.

Matt:               Oh it’s coming, and a lot quicker than we think.

What To Do If You Don’t Like Your Current Job?

Liz:                   You might as well be prepared. Especially if you don’t like your job right now! Now is the time to actually do something about it. And that’s probably the top advice that we give to people. A lot of people who come to us say, “Look I don’t like my job. I don’t know if it’s even going to be there, what can I do?”

So, the main thing that we can see makes the massive difference (and gives people a sense of control back in their life) is being able to understand how to generate income in different ways. Being online and understanding how websites work.

This is a long-term strategy. We’ve been doing this for 10 years now. So, it’s not your fly-by-night, quick in-and-out strategy that fails in a year from now (or six months from now). We have been doing this for 10 years.

Re-train With Practical Digital Skills

So if you wanted to look at this more long-term, by getting some skills under your belt that actually will set you up for the future, and really form that base foundation for you; then you want to be learning about websites – how they work, how the online economy works, how to market online, and how to get your word out online. Even if you have your own business, and you need to get the word out, this is the place to start. That’s where we’ve seen our students have the best success.

Matt:               And I would just like to add in one other food for thought too. Which is – the way education has changed, and what employers are looking for; they want to see well-rounded employees.

The Importance Of Micro-Credentials Rather Than A 4 Year Outdated Degree…

So, I would strongly recommend, it’s not just about going out there, and doing a four-year degree anymore. That’s not going to cut it in this new digital economy. You want to be looking for micro-credentials. This is a big thing. It’s what employers are looking for in Silicon Valley. They want to know people that have done these little part-time courses and have a wide range of digital skills.

And that’s the great thing about being online – you can do just that. Being online helps you to be building a nice side business for yourself while you’re also learning and doing these micro-credentials.

Another point is that micro-credentials are easy and quick to do. You can go do short courses. You can even do just 12-month courses, 6-month courses, etc. Getting various skills in areas that interest you, not just in coding etc. but in what we consider the really practical skills. Learning skills on how to build websites, how to buy websites, but how to renovate websites and get them making money etc.

Liz:                   Yes, so if you’re thinking about changing your career, and doing something different, then definitely make sure you check out digital skills. Whether that’s building websites, or SEO, or social media etc., which is really going to be useful for the future. It’s definitely worth your time.

We would love to hear from you about this shift in employment. Please comment below and let us know if you’ve been seeing a change in skills required in the job that you do. Is Artificial Intelligence already making an impact in your industry? Are you skilling up for future changes?

If you would like to learn more digital skills for your future career or business, you can find out more about EBusiness Institute courses here.