We are living in a time where skills are valued as much as a degree, and in some cases even more. While your institution might prepare you well theoretically in your subject , it may not imbibe you with the skills required to survive in the professional world. There are some easy to learn skills that can help you not only get better jobs, better pay but can help you live a well-earning freelancer’s life or earn some extra income. We have compiled a great list of skills, these easy to learn skills can help you earn more than your peers : –

Microsoft Excel –

If you thought Microsoft excel was just about adding data in rows and columns, you are wrong. Excel is a very powerful tool and can do many things if you have advanced skills. Valued highly in the data-related and finance jobs, this skill is always in-demand among employers. From formulas to VBA, there is a lot to learn.

Web Development –

No, we are not asking you to learn coding from scratch and build path-breaking technology ( although, that would be great too). Web development, consisting mostly of knowledge about HTML, CSS and Javscript, is comparably easy to learn . You can easily fetch freelancing opportunities or earn some side income by making websites for others.

Anchoring / Public Speaking –

This is one skills that will come handy even if you choose to not pursue anchoring or public speaking professionally. Speaking in front of a crowd is something we have all faced. If you can learn to be good at it, not only can you look for professional opportunities but it will also give you an edge over your peers in getting a great job.

Google Analytics and S.E.O –

Approximately 571 new websites are created every minute. With so much competition , if you can help website owners in increasing visitors to their site and getting it discovered by other people, consider yourself an instant hire. Search Engine Optimization (S.E.O) includes optimizing websites so that they rank well on google searches and are discovered more by people. Google Analytics , one of the most common used analytics tool is a nice addition to your S.E.O skills. Not only you help people discover the website’s content but also analyze their data in terms of average time spent, pages viewed etc. on the site.

Photoshop –

Learning Adobe Photoshop is probably one of the best things you can do for yourself. From giving finishing touches to photos to make them look great to creating beautiful media assets and graphics, depending on where you choose to work, you work varies too. Furthermore, just like web development you can choose to do freelancing work as well. Start learning Photoshop, create a portfolio of your work, share it across communities like Behance, Dribble etc and you are good to go.

Learn another language –

While it would be unfair to task learning a new language as an easy task, especially on a professional level, but it is not as hard as you may think if you use the right strategies are dedicated towards learning. Given the fact that we are living in a globalized world, learning a new language can give you a definite over others. Who knows? International jobs might be waiting for you.

WordPress –

27% of entire internet runs on WordPress. WordPress is the world’s most popular Content Management System (CMS). Given the magnitude of websites being created with WordPress, jobs are always available for people with good knowledge of WordPress. From making websites , to constantly updating and managing, these are some key responsibilities you will be getting as a WordPress expert. Furthermore, WordPress has a great ecosystem of themes to plugins, the more you learn, the better.

Go ahead, start learning.

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Posted by Rishabh Mehta

Product and revenue focused entrepreneur with more than a decade of experience in creating and leading successful brands in the education & training sector, Rishabh Mehta is the founder and C.E.O of What After College, one of the fastest growing education startups in India.

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