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  • Writer's pictureJanaye Hall

The Role of Upskilling and Reskilling in Career Development

In the rapidly evolving employment landscape, the mantra of career development has shifted. The skills you bring to the table are no longer the main focus; it's about your commitment to continuous learning and adaptability. In this post we share with you our thoughts on how upskilling and reskilling can shape the trajectory of your career.

Upskilling vs. Reskilling: Understanding the Difference


Upskilling is when an individual acquires additional skills or deepens existing ones within their current field. Reskilling, on the other hand, refers to learning new skills that are often unrelated to one's current job. Both are proactive approaches to staying ahead of industry trends, technological advancements, and can be strategic in allowing you to transition to a different role or industry.

In a competitive job market the significance of upskilling and reskilling cannot be emphasized enough. According to a recent report by the World Economic Forum, 54% of all employees will require significant upskilling or reskilling by 2024. This underscores the urgency for professionals to invest in continuing education to stay relevant in their careers. 

"The future belongs to those who are not just willing to adapt but are eager to continuously learn and evolve." - Sarah Johnson, Chief Learning Officer, FutureSkills Inc.

So what are the benefits?


According to a survey by LinkedIn, 94% of employees would stay at a company longer if it invested in their career development. Upskilling and reskilling make individuals more attractive to employers, showcasing their commitment to growth and adaptability. Not only that, but a commitment to continuous learning opens doors to career progression. The World Economic Forum's report indicates that by 2024, the ability to upskill and reskill will be a key driver of success, enabling individuals to navigate evolving job roles.


As technology and industries evolve, certain skills become obsolete while others rise in demand. Stay informed about emerging skills in your industry. Consult reports, industry analyses, and engage in conversations with industry experts to identify the skills that will be in demand in the future.Obtaining new certifications or licensure means professionals can remain relevant in the face of industry transformations.

What is the best way to invest?    

Leverage online learning platforms such as Coursera, Udemy, or LinkedIn Learning. According to a survey by Udemy, 67% of workers prefer learning online, highlighting the popularity and accessibility of digital learning resources. Most if not all of these platforms offer short, focused learning sessions or microlearning modules which can be key to working around a busy work schedule. Engaging with mentors or career coaches who can provide insights into the skills needed for career growth can also help you tailor your upskilling or reskilling journey to align with your professional goals. Transitioning to a new skill set can be intimidating. Having extra support and a growth mindset, adds emphasis to the excitement of learning and adapting.

"In the current job market, learning is not a phase; it's a mindset. Professionals who embrace continuous learning are the ones who will shape the future of their careers." - Michael Brown, Learning and Development Specialist, SkillsForge Solutions

The future belongs to those who recognize the importance of staying relevant, curious, and committed to growth. We believe that the journey of career development is intrinsically linked with the commitment to continued education. As the job market becomes increasingly competitive and industries undergo rapid transformations, professionals who embrace learning with these changes are not just adapting; they are actively shaping the trajectory of their careers. 

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