A survey conducted by government feedback unit, REACH, earlier this year found that Singaporeans are most worried about job security in a slowing economy. 

And for good reason. Last year saw the fifth straight year of rising redundancies in Singapore, with a total of 15,580 workers laid off. 

If you are also worried about your place in the workforce, take things in your own hands before it’s too late. 

In a Forbes article, Jacob Morgan, the author of The Future of Work: Attract New Talent, Build Better Leaders, and Create a Competitive Organization, says that the secret to thriving in the future is ‘learning to learn’.

He explains that it’s not what you learn that’s important, but rather, your ability to learn new things and later applying them to new situations and environments.

In a nutshell, if you want to stay relevant in the workplace, you must keep yourself competitive by learning new things and upgrading your skills.


Pick up new skills 

Online job portal, STJobs recognises how important it is for employees to equip themselves with new skills and knowledge, which led to its offshoot, STJobs Learning.

And now, for a limited period, it is hosting the STJobs Virtual Learning Fair, where you can find a wide array of courses offered by renowned education providers in one convenient website (www.stjobs.sg/virtualfair).

Here, you can access offerings from Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS), Kaplan, TMC Academy, NTUC LearningHub and more.

There is a multitude of courses across a wide array of functions, including accounting & finance, information technology, human resources, management, design, and psychology. 

For instance, if you find yourself daydreaming about fashion while working on your day job, you may want to consider the diploma course in fashion design and marketing. In a few months, this may lead you to your dream job.

Or perhaps you’ve always wanted to join the vibrant tourism industry. A quick search will show you both degree and diploma courses on tourism and hospitality management that can start you on this new career path. Suddenly, a wide range of options can open up for you, from leisure management, travel consultancy, food service, and even Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE).

Short-term courses that are ideal for self-improvement are also available. Push yourself to the management track by taking up leadership courses, or those that will help you negotiate in the workplace. An interactive course on public speaking will help you speak more confidently during presentations.

Working adults who need to balance work, family life, and learning can choose to learn at their own pace through a series of online courses from Udemy instead. There are courses that can help you develop websites or make games, improve your Excel, write with flair, and even build your personal brand from anywhere you can access the Internet.

It’s easy to find a course that you’re interested in. Just go to the Do-It-Yourself section of the STJobs Virtual Learning Fair to find a list of courses available based on function.


Help for the unsure 

If you are keen to learn but you are unsure about where to focus your energies, don’t fret because there is also a section dedicated to guiding you towards what could work for you. 

Before you start your journey towards learning, you can take a test that will help you understand yourself better so that you can make better choices.

Head over to the Know Yourself section and take a psychometric test that is available for free to registered STJobs members. This test, which will take only about 10 minutes, is a useful tool that can help you gain insights on your personality. This will help you not just in understanding yourself, but also in discovering which jobs are suitable for you. In the same vein, you can find viable options for courses that you can take up to ensure that you can qualify for these jobs.

Whether you’re looking to improve your knowledge base to keep you competitive in your existing job or pick up new skills for a possible career switch in the future, learning new things is a great way to work smart in securing your career prospects.

Go to www.stjobs.sg/virtualfair and give your career the jumpstart it deserves now.