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Upskill - Broad Word used by many of us in our day-to-day life. Let me put down my thoughts.

Upskilling is not just about getting certifications & accreditations, but it is more about what is the journey that has been given to us. If you have the answers to the below questions, then you are on the right track towards getting the essence of upskilling.

1. What did we unlearn

2. What did we gain knowledge about?

3. What did we uncover or know about ourselves

4. What did we learn to let go off

Do all the above points provide any validation for the upskilling?

Of course, Yes. Definitely. Before you start to learn or upskill, you need to understand the first step - Learn about the area of improvement. You have to know about your own strength and also the weakness so that you can choose your upskill strategy accordingly. Most importantly, when you are ready to upskill or learn, you should also be able to know what to unlearn - not skill wise, but from a psychological stand.

If you are trying for an opportunity after a break, be it for maternity, upbringing toddlers, sabbatical time or just time off from work, do not think that you have not upskilled anything. Upskilling is not just doing online or offline courses, but it is much more than that. Even in a day-to-day activity, there is an opportunity to upskill yourself. How? When you are managing toddlers, you are upskilling your ability to deal with situations in a patient manner. So, upskilling also means learning from life skills, it may be hard or soft skills depending on the situation.

  • Improving Patience

  • Managing and balancing work along with Parenting

  • Teaching

  • Building Resilience

  • Improving the EQ quotient

  • Planning

  • Organizing

  • Prioritizing

  • Improving efficiency, etc.

During the break, have you not actually upskilled in any of the skills listed above. Take a pause, close your eyes and think it over. Another way is that pick up an activity which you were doing always and introspect how you have improved in that activity.

For example, cooking, even though I have been cooking from my college days, right now, I have upskilled my cooking talent to a level where I can now cook for 10 people and that too within a short duration of time.

My final take - Upskill is not only through online or offline courses, but on the day-to-day activities as well.

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