9 reasons why you need to learn skills
Skill simply means ability to learn a trade or acquire a professional training that can enable you to provide quality products or services that many people cannot provide easily.
In the face of the prevailing global unemployment, learning a skill is a smart way to go.
Below are some of the most important advantages that can accrue to you if you learn a skill.
You can be more productive
If you learn a skill you can be more productive in your chosen career.
For example, if you are an automobile mechanic that specializes in fixing Volvo cars, you can fix many vehicles in a day.
But if you are a generalist who fixes all types of vehicles, you can not fix many vehicles in a day.
This is because there will be distractions and you cannot concentrate.
You will be more productive because you can do your work seamlessly and with great precision.
Why You Need To Learn Skills: Be more efficient
When you learn a skill you can be more efficient at the workplace.
This is because you will be able to give customers exactly what they need.
Additionally, you can effectively manage men, money and materials.
Furthermore, you will be able to give your customers excellent customer service.
And most importantly, your customers can build trust and support your business.
You can ask for higher fees
When you specialize in your profession, you can ask for higher fees for your products or services.
This is possible because you have the skills, knowledge and experience your competitors do not have.
Therefore, customers who have taste for quality services and want value for their money will continue to bring jobs to you. They will be willing to pay a little more to get what they want.
You will be able to fight competition
When you learn a skill and you are good at it, you will be able to fight competition.
Remember that there is competition in every business.
Furthermore, in order to beat your competitors, you must know more than them.
Most importantly, customers are always out there looking for the best products or services.
Why You Need To Learn Skills: Fewer customer service problems
When you are highly skilled and talented in your chosen career, you will have less customer service problems.
Ability to give your customers the best of services or products will translate to less customer services issues.
Moreover, when your customers are satisfied and happy, they will stick with you through thick and thin.
Furthermore, remember that unsatisfied customers can spread bad news about your business.
Conversely, only satisfied customers can recommend your business to their family, friends and associates.
Most importantly, recommendations by customers by satisfied customers are more powerful than your ads in the media.
Great skills can make you popular
When you are a specialist in your profession, your business will become more successful and popular.
In other words, you will be the man everyone wants to do business with.
This is because they have built trust in your business. They know what you can do.
For instance, some engineers specialize in providing water and water related services.
Consequently, people approach them whenever they have any problems concerning water.
You can train and mentor people
If you have great skills in your profession, you have the opportunity to train upcoming people in your profession.
Furthermore, others can come to you for mentoring.
In either case you can be paid for your services.
Although some of the people that you mentor may not pay you, you can benefit because:
- Such engagements can boost your professional profile
- You will gain more exposure and recognition.
- Your experience will improve
Be a guest speaker
When you are a specialist in your profession, you might have opportunities to be a guest speaker in some conferences, workshops and seminars.
In the same vein, you could have the chance of being a guest writer in some media outfits.
The best part is that is that the more of such engagements you have, the more exposure and experience you will get.
Consequently, even if you are not paid, such engagement will help to promote your brand.
Great skills can bring you jobs
If you are an expert in your chosen career, governments, companies and individuals might need you to do some specialized jobs for them.
Apart from the money you will be paid, you can stand out from the crowd as an expert.
Additionally, some of the people who have contact with you can give you referrals or recommendations that can move you to the next level.
By Samuel Ijenhi,
B. Sc. Accounting, (University of Benin)
Benin City, Nigeria.
Founder: Ijenhi Business Solutions