With the lockdown in place, we have more free time on our hands than ever before. While most of us are wondering how to spend this idle time, others are utilising it to learn new skills or explore fields that they’re always been interested in. Although there are different skills that take precedence depending upon your field, you’ll find that certain skills have taken over the spotlight, irrespective of your field. We’ve collated a list of these skills for you to use during the lockdown!
Get on LinkedIn and you’ll find every 3rd post talks about people teaching, learning or working on new financial models. Financial Modelling is a skill that has gained extensive importance recently, especially in the field of Finance. It is being learnt not only by Finance Aspirants and Students but also universally by people looking to improve their Excel Skill Set. The concepts learned in Financial Modelling can be applied to create projections in any field.
Power Point Presentations:
While we all are required to create presentations at colleges and work, most of us tend to shirk off the responsibility to someone else because we aren’t good at it. With an increased focus on delivering content quickly, making good power point presentations has emerged as a skill in itself and people are finding themselves improving their knowledge of the same.
With time at hand and expectations of a recessionary economy, more and more people are looking to take charge of their own money. People are exploring the basic concepts of Personal Finance and Financial Planning with the aim of being able to manage their own money and knowing when expert help is required.
In a marketing world, you are only as good as your brand image. Several professionals have taken the opportunity to learn and brand themselves on social platforms in order to gain more visibility for themselves.
SEO is the most well-known tool used by content creators online to enhance their content viewership. With an increased focus on personal branding online, people have found themselves turning to SEO to make their content stand-out and show up on your page more often.
Branding yourself online isn’t just about disclosing your accomplishments or your title. It is about posting good quality content that showcases you skills, capabilities, knowledge and personality.
In a marketing world, the importance of content creation comes only after that of content marketing. If marketed well, even ill-curated content can draw views while the best quality content can be lost in the plethora of information available online when it is not marketed well.
Stock Market Basics:
A lot of people have found themselves trading in the stock markets during the lockdown and studying it. These not only helps them to make better financial decisions but also builds a habit that will continue post the lockdown.
If you have read the book, “How to influence friends and win people” by Dale Carnegie, I don’t need to point out the importance of soft-skills. If you haven’t, let me leave you with this takeaway: All through the book, Dale emphasises the importance of soft-skills and people sills in leaders over their technical expertise. He gives examples of leaders who were less technically qualified than their subordinates but had better soft-skills which made them some of the greatest leaders we have known. As more and more people accept this, they try to constantly improve their soft-skills in order to move up the Corporate Ladder quicker!
Health & Nutrition Courses:
Although surprising, a lot of people have engaged themselves in Health & Nutrition Courses during this lockdown. The increasing emphasis on health and the speed with which our health is deteriorating due to high stress levels, never-ending work days and hectic schedules has opened our eyes to the significance of managing our health. While dieticians help you draw a chart for weight loss, very few nutritionists can help you to develop a diet chart that suits your health and fitness requirements first and weight loss goals second. People are now using the lockdown to learn more about managing their own health and diet plans so that they can begin now and incorporate it into everyday life when things go back to normal!