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  • Writer's pictureKaren Gittins

Now is the time to sharpen up your skills and future proof your career.

Updated: Jan 17, 2023

It is estimated that somewhere between 7-10million people are furloughed at present in the UK, with no guarantee that there will be jobs for them at the end of the furlough period. Whilst this is not an ideal situation for anyone, there are ways you can help yourself, your job security and career advancements. We take a look at courses that encompass some of the most in-demand digital skills.

Keep your career on track

The temptation to pop your feet up on the couch and binge-watch Netflix is tempting. after all, when will this opportunity ever be presented to us again? But there are several reasons you should avoid this temptation, not the least the opportunity to sharpen up your skills and help ensure you keep your career on track.

Digital Skills – What’s on offer?

We took a look at some courses that focused on the digital skills we thought could offer UK workers the chance to either upskill their existing skill set or learn a new and in-demand skill. Research suggests that over 85% of jobs require a certain level of digital ability. These courses could help future proof your career progression.

Digital Marketing:

According to recent research, the UK now boasts the biggest digital advertising market in Europe with the sector experiencing eight consecutive years of growth. Digital marketing is not exclusive to the ‘big boys’ either. Over 50% of SME’s are involved in selling and marketing their products and services online and this is only set to grow. Learning new digital marketing skills could improve your career opportunities and lead you to a much-desired promotion.

This free course from Google Digital Garage covers 26 modules packed full of practical exercises and real-world examples to help you turn knowledge into action. The course certification is backed by the Interactive Advertising Bureau Europe and The Open University.

Social Media Marketing:

Digital marketing skills encompass the use of social media; one of the most widely used marketing platforms used in business today. 84% of people across the world that have access to the internet, use social media (3.8billion users). Understanding how to implement a successful social media marketing strategy for business is very different to using it for ‘social’ purposes. Undertaking a social media marketing course would be a beneficial skill for anyone looking to progress their marketing career.

Hootsuite is one of the world’s most widely used social media management platforms. Their academy has a range of courses for the absolute beginner through to more advanced options. Introductory courses are free and depending on how far you want to stretch your knowledge base, you can sign up to their more advanced paid courses.


It is hard to imagine a company that does not use Microsoft Excel as part of its day to day activities. Excel is just not about reams of numbers, complicated formulas and the spreadsheet of choice by the accountancy sector. The uses of Excel in business (and beyond) outside of simple spreadsheets are enormous so now is an ideal time for you to brush up on your skills. Learning how to master this software package could be the key to unlocking your career potential.

TrumpExcel gives you access to a completely free Online Excel Training programme. The programme consists of 26 video lessons with 12+ hours of learning. It is suitable for beginners as well as those with experience who want to learn more about formulas, pivot tables, charting and analysis.

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