Using the COVID-19 Pandemic to Upskill Your Career

Jul 27, 2021

Posted by: Paul Silvio, Vice President, Alexander Technology Group

The use of eLearning tools has sharply increased due to people sheltering at home to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Many employees are using their downtime to upskill during this time of remote work. With the unstable economy and uncertainty about what the future holds, it’s in your best interest to gain a variety of skills now that can benefit your career down the road.   

Here are some suggestions for upskilling your IT career during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Data Processing and Analysis 

Companies need data processing and data analysis to make good business decisions. This may include understanding SQL, Python, or other languages used for coding and cloud engineering. A related skill is understanding Amazon Web Services (AWS), where an employer’s database or cloud for on-demand IT resources may be located. Being able to break down the data, discover trends, share your findings, and apply them to your organization is important.   


Learning coding can open up a variety of career opportunities. You may be able to develop apps, websites, or software with this skill. Many platforms such as Coursera, Udemy, FutureLearn, and EdX offer complimentary or reduced-cost courses during COVID-19 to boost digital skills and encourage career growth.  

Artificial Intelligence 

Studying artificial intelligence (AI) may help with your career advancement. Machine learning, data mining, and statistical pattern recognition all help with workforce efficiency and innovation. 

Digital Marketing 

Becoming adept at digital marketing can benefit your career. Skills relating to search engine optimization (SEO), search engine marketing (SEM), and email campaigns are in great demand. Being able to help your employer build their brand makes you highly desirable.  

Soft Skills 

An essential part of any career is demonstrating strong, soft skills. If you’re working remotely, clear communication is even more important than ever for transparency. Open, ongoing discussion in any role encourages engagement, productivity, and reaching objectives. If you’re performing data analysis, strong communication skills are needed to explain to company leaders in a concise, effective manner what you learned so they can make data-based business decisions. Problem-solving and critical thinking are needed to find solutions to business problems. Emotional intelligence lets you relate to coworkers, recognize their strengths and weaknesses, and understand clients’ experiences.  

Advance Your Career Today 

Advance your IT career with help from Alexander Technology Group. We match your skills, experience, and interests with employers who can benefit. See which jobs are open today. 

About Alexander Technology Group

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