Now you have a choice during a lockdown or during the Coronavirus. We are staying at home, and now you have much more free time. This is the time that you could choose to waste that free time, or you could choose to invest that time to do something productive. And I think one of the most fruitful things that you could do is actually to learn skills. Because when this is over, it is only a matter of time, the world will start spinning again. What are you going to do?
Maybe you’re a little bit concerned, or probably you have unfortunately lost your job. But when things get back to normal, you will go out there and get a new job. Because things are different now. Things have changed industries have changed. The whole world has changed. So are you ready or prepared to go after that new chance? Maybe go for that new promotion, or go start the new business. Anything you want to do after this crisis, what would let you do many of those things, are your skills. I believe during this lockdown, some of the most valuable skills that you could develop, and you could learn, meet these four criteria.
A skillset that has an immediate impact on your life, your career, or your business. It’s not a set of skills that takes years to see results, but something you can learn right now, and you can put it into practice. Something that’s very practical. Second, it doesn’t take you years to learn, that you don’t need to go back to school again for four years of education. Instead, you could learn these skillsets in months, or sometimes in a matter of weeks.
Learn from home:
Skills that you could learn from the comfort of your own home, that you don’t need to go to a physical location. You could learn this from your computer, just from your own home.
You could learn at your own pace:
Meaning you want to pace yourself, you want to learn it on your own over a period of time, or over several weeks in your spare time, you could do that as well. So I believe skillsets that meet these four criteria, those are very valuable skillsets to learn. So what are the five skills you should learn while this lockdown? Now you can choose any of them, don’t try to be crazy and learn a lot.
Number 1 Coding Skill:
Coders, programmers, developers, software engineers, they will always be in demand, particularly with the disease. After this is over, think about the companies. Forget the companies who couldn’t make it. But think about the companies who survive. If you were the business owner, what are you going to do uniquely? Are you going to take what you do and automate certain aspects of it, virtualize certain aspects of your business? Perhaps you shut down completely your physical locations and just do it online. Things have changed, people learned. They will structure their business differently. You will structure your business and life differently. We learn from it. So what the Coronavirus did is to accelerate that process, it’s a trigger. What it means is people who know HTML, CSS, PHP, they will be in demand. So if you are interested, or you’re thinking about it, coding skill is remarkably valuable.
Skill number 2 ties to the coding skill:
Which is digital marketing skill? More businesses, more companies, if they have been doing some businesses online, they’ve been selling online, now after this Coronavirus, they will be more motivated. Before it’s like, it’s good to sell online, it’s good to do social media. Now, it becomes a necessity. Businesses who have always been doing businesses just offline, now they’ll be thinking about okay, we get through this, we have to change. How could we take what we do, and do it online? For example, if you’re running a few gyms, and you have people coming in and out all the time. Now with this, your gyms are shut down.
When you come back you’re thinking, how can I take my fitness training, how can I take my nutrition plan, how can I do this, and how could I serve the world? How can I sell this on the internet? So what it means, if you know how to build Funnel, if you know how to generate traffic, and Show to build websites. All those skillsets will be high or already high in demand. But the ones who are able, you will forever be in demand. Even though you may not be thinking about doing digital marketing full time, but if you are being interviewed at a new job, or have that skill set, you can bring that to the table like so much more important to your curriculum.
Skill number 3, Closing:
The qualification to close products, to sell them over the phone, or over the internet. Those are very valuable skills. With the Coronavirus crisis, companies are now looking into the entire sales division. And saying we have all these salespeople? How could we have a remote sales team rather than a sales team with a physical location? How can we sell our products or services over the phone without a huge burden? They’re thinking differently. So if you have the ability to close phone sales, close products, and services, companies are willing to pay you a hefty commission. When you can demonstrate that quality, and demonstrate that you have that skill set.
Closing will be one of the highest demand professions in the world because companies need revenue, they need salespeople, and they need skillful salespeople. Especially when things are coming back to normal.
Skill number 4 Project management:
Now because of people working remotely, companies working remotely, companies outsourcing. With so many projects going on, that creates new demand for project managers. People who are capable to manage various projects and get stuff done. We’re talking about various project management methodologies. With the complexity, with so many companies now even after this, moving more motivated than even more to virtual. So guess what, with project managers, or people with project management skills, because now chances are. You will be working with people face to face, but also you will be working with other people and other team members, remotely.
So this skill would be very useful. It doesn’t matter what it is that you do, doesn’t matter if you’re working for a company working for yourself or running a home business, this will be a valuable skill to have.
Skill number 5 Copywriting:
Every single social media post that you see, an email, ad, every single landing page, copywriters. Companies that do any type of content marketing, companies that do advertising, they need copywriters, and they will always be needing copywriters. Because it’s not just one email, just one page, or not just one article. In order to stand out in this loud world, in this marketplace, content marketing is very much critical. They will need someone to write their script, someone to write their social media post. Almost every company out there will need an expert copywriter if they are to market online in any way. And the beauty with copywriting is that it has nothing to do with writing.