5 ways to future-proof your career in a post-COVID-19 world

From transformative technology to remote leadership, be ready for what’s next through postgraduate study at RMIT.


There is no doubt that the impacts of COVID-19 on the workforce have been significant. While some industries continue to adapt to new ways of working, others are expanding to meet rising demand.

Discover how you can future-proof your career through lifelong learning, and how RMIT’s postgraduate certificates and degrees respond to the ever-evolving needs of your industry.

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#1: Stay informed on industry trends

Understanding industry trends means you’ll be able to understand what will likely impact your industry, organisation and role - especially post-COVID-19. And for a growing number of industries, blockchain technology is the trend to impact business operation itself, and one of the top areas to possess knowledge in. 

In fact, Australia’s CSIRO/Data61 group reports greater than 200% job growth year-on-year in blockchain skills since 2015, with more than half of those jobs in roles that require an understanding of how blockchain integrates into all sorts of enterprises. 

Equip yourself for the new digital economy

The Master of Blockchain Enabled Business at RMIT is Australia’s first, truly multidisciplinary applied degree that will prepare you to lead in a range of in-demand roles and sectors. With RMIT positioned as a global frontrunner in the blockchain space, you’ll engage with world-first research hubs and problem-based learning to lead at the frontier of the emerging digital economy.

#2: Embrace new ways to lead and operate

With over 10.5 million Australians experiencing a change in employment as a result of COVID-19, and 10% of those now working from home, embracing change has never been more important. Managing projects remotely, adapting quickly to current issues, and leading your team with a collaborative mindset are some of the top skills employers will be seeking.

Connect people skills with emerging technologies

Develop highly sought after leadership skills through RMIT’s Master of Project Management or the Graduate Certificate in Project Management. You’ll learn how to lead complex projects on time and on budget, contribute to the efficiency of your business and apply solutions to tomorrow’s challenges within a range of industries, including construction, engineering, IT and more.

#3: Invest in transferable skills

Possessing transferable skills is a great way to ensure you’re able to adapt to the needs of the job market, whether that means changing teams, organisations or industries. But which skills are most valuable to future employers? Named by LinkedIn Learning as three of the top ten technical skills in demand in 2020, it’s clear that analytical reasoning, business analysis and scientific computing are driving what’s next.

Delve into the world of data

Gain the specialist skills to manage and analyse big data through the Graduate Certificate in Data Science or Master of Data Science at RMIT. In acquiring a detailed understanding of analytics, statistics and computer science, you will enable yourself to be central to business decision-making, corporate strategy and government planning - no matter which industry you choose to advance into.

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#4: Gain specialist knowledge in your field

According to a recent labour market report, work in Australia will require a greater level of skill and experience, with around 90% of new jobs in the future needing a vocational or university qualification.

If you have a strong passion for the industry you’re currently in, gaining generalist skills may not be your first choice - and that’s okay. Instead, becoming a specialist in your field could fast track the trajectory you’re already following into a higher-paying role. 

Advance into policy advocacy and development

If the next level up for you is in policy development, the Master of Public Policy at RMIT will get you there. Taught by leading policy academics and industry professionals, the course will help you take the next step into policymaking with globally-applicable skills in research, policy analysis, professional communication, and problem-solving.

#5: Create an environment of growth for people around you

Researching your potential post-COVID-19 career move? You’re not alone. The reality is that many workers are exploring their options, regardless of whether they’ve been displaced. To meet this interest in career development, skills in career counselling, coaching and guidance are of growing importance in organisations of all sizes.

Advance your career by helping others 

Add value to your organisation by gaining the ability to guide others through industry changes. RMIT’s Graduate Certificate in Careers Education and Development will give you the career management strategies, high-level communication and counselling skills you need to apply ethical and effective practice in career development. 

RMIT’s postgraduate certificates and degrees are delivered flexibly and can be undertaken in as little as six months. Study online now and on campus later, and get ready to future-proof your career with the skills and experience you’ll gain through RMIT.


Story: Pallavi Daniel



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