Five skills that you should learn during a lockdown. Now you have a choice during a lockdown and during the Coronavirus, and we are all stuck, right, we are staying home, and now you have a lot more free time.
Now 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 productive things that you could do is actually to learn a skillset. Because when this is over, when this thing is over, and it will be over, it is only a matter of time, the world will start spinning again.
What are you gonna do, right?
Maybe you’re a little bit concerned, maybe you have unfortunately lost your job. But when things get back to normal, you will go out there and get a new job. Are you ready, are you prepared? Because things are different now.
Things have changed. Industries have changed. The world has changed. So are you ready, are you prepared to go after that new opportunity? Or maybe go after that other job that you’ve always wanted. Or maybe go for that new promotion, or go start that new business. Whatever you want to do after this crisis, what would allow you to do a lot of those things, are your skills.
I believe during this lockdown, some of the most valuable skills that you could develop, that you could learn, meet these four criteria:
Number one, a skillset that has an immediate impact on your life, your career, or your business. Not a skill set that it takes years to see any results, but something that you could learn right now, and you could implement. Something that’s very 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.
Number three, 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. Number four, you could learn at your own pace, meaning that if you want to binge-watch, and binge learn, you could do that. Or you want to pace yourself, you want to learn it through a period of time, maybe over a number of days, or a number of 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 during this lockdown? Now you can pick any one of them, don’t try to go crazy and learn too many.
01# Number one is coding skills. Coders, programmers, developers, software engineers, they will always be in demand, especially with the virus. 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 gonna do differently? Are you gonna take what you do and automate certain aspects of it, virtualize certain aspects of your business? Maybe 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 have an interest, or you’re thinking about it, coding skill is extremely valuable.
02# Skill number two 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 a, it’s nice to have, it’s nice to sell online, it’s nice to do social media. Now, it becomes a necessity. Now, it becomes the new normal. Businesses who have always been doing businesses just offline, now they’ll be thinking about okay, my goodness, we get through this, we have to change.
We have to restructure our business model. How could we take what we do, and do it online? For example, if you have, let’s say 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 and when you bounce back, now 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, you know how to do MediaBuy, you know how to build websites.
All those skillsets will be high in demand. It’s already high in demand. But the ones who are good, you will always 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, if you have that skill set, you can bring that to the table as so much more value to your resume.
03# Skill number three, closing. Those are very valuable skills. With the Coronavirus, with this crisis, companies are now looking into the entire sales division. And saying oh my goodness, we have all these salespeople.
How can we sell our products or services over the phone without a massive overhead? They’re thinking differently. when you can 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, they need skillful salespeople, and they need that more than ever, especially when things are coming back to normal, they need revenue and they need closers.
04# Skill number four, project management. Now, because of Slack, because of Zoom, because of people working remotely, companies working remotely, companies outsourcing. With so many projects going on, that creates new demand for project managers, right.
People who are able to manage different projects and get stuff done. So guess what, with project managers, or just 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, other team members, remotely.
So this skill would be very useful. It doesn’t matter what it is that you do, it doesn’t matter if you’re working for a company, it doesn’t matter if you’re working for yourself, it doesn’t matter if you’re running a home business, this will be a valuable skill to have.
05# Skill number five, one of my favorites, copywriting. Every single social media post that you see, every single email, every single ad, every single landing page, copywriters. Companies that do any type of content marketing,
They will need someone to write their script, they will need someone to write their social media post. And the beauty with copywriting is, it has nothing to do with writing, it has to do with selling and closing, that’s why I call that closing in print. Copywriting is a learnable skill.
I know because I flunked English twice when I was in high school. If you want to learn to Copywrite if you want to learn a skill that pays the bills if you want to learn a skill that allows you to work from anywhere in the world from the comfort of your own home, a skill set that doesn’t take you years to learn without getting into debt.