Looking To Switch Careers? In A Post-Pandemic World, You May Not Need The Training You Think

Switching careers seems to have become a trend during the ongoing pandemic. Thousands of Canadians have switched jobs or careers, and many economists are labeling it as a major sectoral realignment. If you are also looking to switch careers in the near future, you should know that you may not need the training you think in a post-pandemic world. Keep scrolling to know more.

The Reasons for Change

According to a LinkedIn survey of over 3,000 Canadians conducted last year, 57% were open to new jobs, and 42% were considering a job in another industry. The top reasons for the change were better compensation, alignment with values or interests, and a chance to increase responsibilities.

In a survey by Indeed, most Canadians who participated shared that the pandemic had led them to re-evaluate what's important to them and their career. Stress was a key motivator as 67% actively sought a less stressful job overall.

The Changed Perspective of Employers

Employers' perspectives have also changed during the pandemic. They are changing the hiring criteria and looking for employees who can learn independently and acquire the knowledge needed to do the job even if they don't have the years of experience needed.

Employers are also more inclined to hire candidates with micro-degrees, i.e., self-taught, or transferrable skills a person had practiced in a project or has done in an in-house training program.

LinkedIn's Initiative

A few months back, LinkedIn partnered with the Ontario Youth Jobs Network and the provincial Ministry of Labor and is offering LinkedIn learning courses free until the end of March to any Ontarian person over 16 years of age. After completing it, a participant receives certificates that can be displayed on LinkedIn profiles to attract the attention of employers. Though several courses are offered as a part of this initiative, training in Python and Excel lead the popularity charts.

School Options

Suppose you think that going back to school is essential for switching careers. In that case, you can consider the Ontario government's Second Career program, which provides you with funds to cover tuition for programs lasting 52 weeks or less. You can also think about the Ontario Refundable Skills Training Tax Credit, which provides up to $2,000 in relief for 50% of your training expenses, such as exam fees.

Which are the Top In-Demand Jobs in the GTA that Need Fewest Years of Experience

If you seek a job where valuable transferable skills and training can be done quickly, you should look at this small list of most in-demand jobs in the GTA with the lowest median work experience required.

·       Vendor relations specialist: 4.8 years

·       Business development representative: 4.4 years

·       E-commerce coordinator: 3.8 years

·       Machine learning engineer: 3.5 years

·       Data science specialist: 3.2 years

·       Computer vision engineer: 2.8 years

Are you looking to switch careers? If so, what's your preference and will you go for training? Please let us know in the comments below!





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