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Heeding the adage “the only constant is change” is more important than ever when it comes to your career development. It is necessary to keep up with the times by continuously upskilling.

Always shifting

Think about it – the work place has changed drastically in the past decade.

“Look at the way we send money to loved ones five years ago, compared to today. Even the food we eat, the computer packages and the music we listen to have changed,” says business and life coach, Anele Chonco.

“The world is changing and the best thing you can do for yourself is to change with it so that you are able to remain relevant.”

To do so, Chonco says, requires continuous self-development to become better and better at what you do.

She says continuous professional development helps people stay at the top of their game. It can help individuals apply the skills they have learnt, but also includes training and study processes.

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Across all sectors

The need to remain current is not limited to one industry. It applies to anyone doing any job and Chonco says it is crucial.

“Let’s face it, in a country where we are economically challenged, you need to not only remain relevant in your field, but also be multi-skilled and relevant in many other fields too,” she advises.

The need for people who are multi-skilled is reflected in the current work environment. “It is also becoming common to be doing a job that three people can do, so if you are in that situation, take full advantage of it and ensure that you learn as much as you can.”

How to remain current

One way to remain relevant, Chonco says, is to keep on studying – whether you want to be a great leader in your own business or grasp the ever-evolving digital space.

She brings up GetSmarter, a brand of 2U, Inc., a digital education company.

“GetSmarter offers great short courses which are endorsed by some of the best global universities.”

Chonco describes studying as more than the qualification or the certificate you receive – it is also lifetime gift because you can apply the skills you have learnt. She got first-hand experience of this recently when she completed her master’s degree, even though she isn’t a fan of research. “Right now, when I [am presented with a] complicated matter by a client, I am able to rip it apart, research and add something new or give it a new lens.”

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