In these uncertain times we are living in, it’s difficult to know what decisions you need to make for the future. The whole world seems to be in a suspended reality as we wait for a vaccine for COVID-19. Economies are being decimated as global commerce has slowed down due to efforts to mitigate the virus. Traditional career paths now don’t seem so certain.
The only thing that is for certain is that there is no normal to go back to. The world has fundamentally changed and the digital future that we anticipated has now come.
The world of work has changed fundamentally. Everyone and their mama mboga have now moved online. Those that win the future will be those that are able to leverage digital skills to serve the needs of people both on and offline. Fortunately acquiring those skills is now easier than ever. Forward thinking schools like the Africa Digital Media Institute are now offering courses online to cater for the demand of digital professionals across Africa who want to learn new skills to get ahead.
Here are 5 digital skills that you should choose if you want to get ahead of the pack:
1. Digital Marketing
When every business suddenly had to shift online due to the COVID mitigation measures, digital marketing became an essential skill. Learning how to leverage popular social platforms like Facebook and search engines like Google to help businesses reach the right customers will make you indispensable in the online marketplace.
2. Graphic Design
Similar to digital marketing, the ability to help businesses to communicate their message in a visual and creative way is also a highly marketable skill. With all the content online, businesses only have a matter of seconds to catch the attention of a customer. Great branding or digital collateral encourages the audience to learn more about what a company is doing. With so many companies competing for attention now, you have the ability to give them an edge.
With children at home for an indefinite period of time, animated content is now more in demand than ever. Parents are looking for engaging, educational, and entertaining content to keep their children occupied. If you’ve always had a knack for drawing and telling stories, this is the career for you. Animation is also a sought-after skill for businesses looking to engage customers in creative ways, and even for businesses looking to synthesize complex information for the public to comprehend. As an animator in this day and age, you can make your artwork for you.
4. Video Game Design and Development
The global gaming market place is expected to reach 256.97 billion by 2025. Games of skill from Africa are in increasing demand as the number of gamers grows on the continent. If you are good at coming up with interesting puzzles, you can become a game designer or developer.
5. Digital Media
If traditional newspaper journalism was struggling before COVID-19, the flock to online media may finally put this industry in its deathbed. Journalism itself is not dead. Audiences still need analysis of what is happening in our communities and around the world and how it will affect them. Learning how to tell the story behind the news in a really dynamic, intelligent, and honest way will help you to build an audience that trusts what you have to say. With the proliferation of digital mediums and platforms, you have the power to define what journalism will look like in the years to come.
COVID-19 has presented an unprecedented opportunity to retool and chart your life in a new direction. Preparing for the digital future by learning a new skill will put you vastly ahead of your peers who are waiting to go back to normal. Choosing a program like ADMI that gives you practical experience means that you will be ready to work and start earning real money in half the time it takes to complete a four-year degree.
The future will be won by those that are bold enough to act in the face of uncertainty. Will you win the future?
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