The word “re-skilling” means “to learn new skills,” says Vikas Gupta, MD, Wiley India. With the rapid speed of globalization and industrialization, the shelf life of the ability to do something or expertise is shrinking day by day. Is there any way to shield yourself from this type of situation in the corporate world? Yes, definitely. We can always re-skill ourselves with time or in parallel. This is the only solution to today’s problem.
As we all know that learning is an evolving process. During
our schooling period, graduation and higher studies, we used to learn and
develop new ideas in different fields. The knowledge we used to acquire either
through books, internet or through our mentors, professors and supervisors.
After that, a student pursues his or her passion in a particular area and
within a couple of years, acquires expertise over that. Gradually, that person
becomes master of that particular area. Later on, he or she passes it on to the
next generation and this is how the whole process takes place. But now the
whole process is morphed. In today’s competitive world, there are no masters!
The skills which we are learning and acquiring today are becoming useless
Let us discuss one practical situation, for the better
understanding of this problem. One of the sales representatives of a reputed
company was a real victim of this problem. She was really good at her work. She
used to be an expert in “cold calls”.
But to meet the rapid spread of industrialization, that company moves
towards a new sales methodology from the traditional sales methodology. She was
an expert in the traditional sales methodology. This made her position in
danger. The shrinkage in shelf-life of a particular skill was observed in this
case.The only solution to this problem is to acquire more skills and re-skill
ourself. This would further well-equipped us with different skills to meet new
challenges in our workplace.
Re-skilling does not mean to join universities again! This
is a parallel process of learning. We have to understand the future direction
of our work and based on that we should start learning in parallel.We need to
start developing new skills related to our work so that we can meet new
challenges in our workplace. This would help us to sustain.Sometimes, it is
better to develop ideas in different aspects because most of the people work in
an interdisciplinary fields. There are multiple learning platforms related to
this process. A person can avail MOOCs online; they can participate in
different projects, workshops, certified courses, hand-on-trainings,
hackathons, and case-based projects and so on. These are the best possible ways
to re-skill while working. The re-skilling process is an important way to
learn, develop and acquire new skills. It is not only important for the
employees and also for the employers of an organization. Likewise, the
organization should also come up with different kinds of learning projects for
the employees working in. Hence, this would further help the organization to
stay ahead of the competitive curve.