Top 5 ways to upskill & reskill in 2021

If the New Year has got you thinking about a career pivot or a yearning to learn new skills, we’re here to help!

Follow our 5 top tips below for a flying start to 2021 and to get you in the swing of #NewYearNewCareer.

1. Follow companies that host brilliant events Follow these top companies who post brilliant (and often free!) career-related events full of tips on reskilling, upskilling and networking. You’ll get alerted when new events are posted, so you never miss out!
– General Assembly – Future Learn – Google – Enterprise Nation – Roundhouse – F*ck Being Humble
Explore and follow more amazing companies that post upskilling events & courses on The Dots here. 2. Connect with industry mentors We now have over 500 mentors on The Dots across all fields and industries, on-hand to help answer your Asks. Connect with the mentors to increase your chances of them seeing (and responding to!) your questions.
– Connect with mentors here
– Post an Ask here – RSVP to our free 'how to find a mentor' webinar (Wed 13th Jan, 12pm GMT)
3. RSVP to our free ‘Skills of the future’ webinar Using insights and data from the thousands of companies that use The Dots to hire and discover talented folk, join The Dots founder Pip Jamieson as she shares learnings and top tips.
The talk will include the latest insights around the current job market and the future of work, the top skills that hirers are currently searching for, how to identify your key skills and much more.
– RSVP here (Thur 14th Jan, 12pm GMT)
4. Enrol in a free self-paced course Self-paced courses mean you can learn on your own terms and at a time that suits you, nice! We’ve got dozens of free courses in our Courses Hub, across marketing, social media, photography, coding, writing and more, hosted by some of the biggest companies around.
– Discover self-paced courses here

5. Do a skills swap! Are you a copywriter that wants to learn marketing? Or perhaps an illustrator that wants to learn more about coding? We saw a huge increase in skills swapping last year, and we can only see them becoming more popular this year. Simply post a call-out on our Asks hub, tag relevant professions and hopefully you’ll find someone great to swap skills and knowledge with.
Top tip: Before you post the Ask, connect with people that have the profession of what you’re looking to learn, to increase the chances of your call-out being seen.
– Search and connect with people here (use the professions filter) – Post a skills swap call out here