1. Diversify your knowledge.
A professional with diverse knowledge and skills can solve problems outside the normal scope of their designated role — giving them a significant competitive advantage. 89% of survey respondents said they believe they could receive more compensation if they better understood a diversity of complex skills, allowing them to gain a more holistic perspective of how their professional role fits into the overall company landscape.
For example, a software engineer who also possesses business development and sales skills could potentially get a salary increase by promoting their company’s digital products and earning commissions in addition to their everyday engineering tasks. In fact, they actually may do better than the traditional sales team since they have in-depth knowledge plus an alternate perspective of the products.
Among those surveyed, 31% estimated a potential 30% to 40% salary raise after attaining more skills. Having diverse knowledge and range of skills can lead to significantly more opportunities in the workplace, such as moving between different roles within a company or earning promotions at a faster rate.
Diversifying your knowledge doesn’t necessarily require taking extra classes. Take advantage of the endless online resources available today, including blogs, podcasts, webinars, and tutorials.
Sales professionals and people in the education industry, for example, can benefit from an understanding of graphic design skills even though it’s not their primary role, whether they’re creating an online brochure or designing educational materials. Adobe Creative Cloud (CC) tutorials guide beginners through the basics tools to enhance their graphic design and video-editing skills in creative apps like Photoshop, InDesign, After Effects, and Illustrator.
If you’re looking for even more ways to enrich your skills, there are plenty of resources available. Platforms like Udemy and Masterclass have robust learning libraries for skills like SEO, conflict resolution, web development, and much more.
2. Expand your hard and soft skills.
Hard skills are measurable, like a person’s experience and ability with a particular software platform. On the other hand, soft skills like communication, conflict resolution, and time management are intangible. These skills may be more challenging to quantify than hard skills, but they could be even more critical to an employer. Mastering hard and soft skills is vital for career success, and it's possible to improve both over time no matter your skill set today.
If you’re curious what high-demand hard and soft skills to master in 2022, consider creativity and visual communication first and foremost, as they will likely have a significant impact on your career no matter which path you choose. Businesses need people who can creatively approach problems. According to LinkedIn’s Top Skills rating, creativity continues to be the number one most in-demand soft skill.
Our Student Outcomes research found that the volume of new hires with creative skills has grown 78% over the past two years. This group also sees 2-3x higher salaries with a higher projected career trajectory.
In fact, continuing to hone your creativity is one of the best ways to continue growing your career. And, the creativity you gain can even be applied to your skills enrichment process. Companies are always looking for creative and innovative approaches to learning. Diversifying your skills, in itself, allows you to offer your company a fresh perspective on how to both gain experience and better reach employees.
If you feel like you struggle with creativity right now, there’s no need to worry. Creativity is something you can learn and improve over time. It’s not a “you either have it, or you don’t” scenario. Even if you’re just a beginner, applying any level of creativity to your other soft skills — like communication, teamwork, and organization — will only enhance them.
Top in-demand skills for 2022.
Let’s look at the top-most in-demand skills based on our survey: