Why now is the best time to bunker down study and upskill

If due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic you suddenly find yourself with a lot more free time, you may wish to complete or further your studies and upskill your knowledge. In this blog post, we look at how study upskill courses could help you during the COVID-19 pandemic.

1. Competitive job applications

Roughly 600,000 jobs have been lost in Australia due to COVID-19, making the Australian unemployment rate jump to 6.2%. If you are currently looking for a job or hoping to take the next step in your career, it is essential your CV is as appealing as possible as competition will be extremely high for open job roles. Proving that you are studying towards a qualification will help give your CV a competitive edge and help you to look more driven and knowledgeable compared to other candidates.

2. Warehouse opportunities

Australia continues to experience a great demand for sanitation and hygiene products, such as face masks and hand sanitizer and more. For this reason, knowledge and experience in manufacturing and business operations are incredibly in demand as Australian companies are looking to order Australian products, rather than shipping unreliable products from China. A course in business administration, for example, can help you to manage this new demand in the most efficient and profitable way possible and help you quickly advance in a career in warehousing or business logistics.

3. Government funding

Many people during the COVID-19 pandemic, whether due to being unemployed or working reduced hours, are facing financial troubles. Thankfully, the government Certificate 3 Guarantee Program is still running during the COVID-19 pandemic. The program introduced by the Queensland Government is aimed at assisting Queensland residents to earn entry-level qualifications to help begin their careers in various industry sectors. If you are struggling financially during the pandemic, this program may be able to provide you with the support you need whilst studying.

4. Personal and professional development

There is no doubt about it, living through a pandemic can be a very stressful and worrying time. During this time, you may wish to channel your energy and new-found free time into a positive outlet, such as studying towards a new qualification. Studying will not only help distract you during the pandemic, but it will also ensure you are in a positive mental headspace when lockdown restrictions ease as you will feel as if you have done something productive and positive during lockdown. Upskilling will also help you to learn about yourself and understand the potential you have.

5. Employment opportunities

Studying with reputable RTOs like Formation training could help you unlock strong employment possibilities after you complete the course. In many industries, such as security, warehousing and gain connections and expert recommendations are often needed to secure your foot in the door. The recommendation of a course provider will help you to prove to potential employers you are a serious candidate who will excel in anything you apply yourself to.

6. Take advantage of your free time

Gaps on your CV can be awkward to explain, and many employers will think periods of unemployment, where you are not studying, are a sign of laziness or lack of passion for a career. By completing a course during the lockdown, or whilst you are unemployed, you prove to employers that you are self-motivated and you will be able to explain how you spent your time during gaps in your CV in a professional and useful way. After lockdown, being able to look back on how you spent your time with a sense of pride, will help you to continue studying and continue to grow your career.

If you’d like to learn more about studying during COVID-19 and what upskill courses are available, contact Formation Training today. We understand many individuals are feeling anxious and unmotivated during the pandemic, but our courses can help you to get your career back on track and unlock your true potential. If you have any questions about who Formation Training is and the studying opportunities we have available, do not hesitate to contact us today, a member of our team would love to answer your questions.

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