The Skills That Pay The Bills In The 21st Century

Work, work, work. We spend most of our lives behind a desk, typing away at one thing or another. That’s just the way it is. We all work for one reason or another, even if you’re lucky enough to have an enormous trust fund, it’s likely that you’ve still got some kind of paying role.

We work to pay our bills, we work to take a step up the career ladder, we work because it gives us meaning. Some skills that we relied on years ago may be becoming outdated, while other skills that have only emerged and broken through in the past number of years are becoming more popular. Here are a few skillsets that will serve you well, right now and in the future.


Social Media:

Social media skills are a must have if you are running your own business or constructing a personal brand. Social media acts as a continuously running conversation that you can get involved with to increase exposure to your brand. Sites like Facebook and Twitter can be used to promote and market your brand or products. It’s an easy skill to pick up, and there are a vast number of resources that can give you ideas and tutorials.

With social media, you must always remember to be courteous and professional. Getting involved with political issues from your personal account is a big no-no.


If you’re involved with the media industry, it’s likely that you are editing something. Even if you aren’t, there’s always an item to be edited. Whether it’s emails, text or images – modern businesses rely on editing skills. This is where you are going to have to focus depending on your current role, or the role you want! You could be a film editor, an audio editor, a copy editor or image editor – so there a wide range of career paths on offer.

There are many software packages, so be sure to get to grips with the right one. If you’re into audio – learning the basics of Adobe Audition or Pro Tools won’t hurt you. If image editing is something you want to get into, some Photoshop training will do a lot of good. Pick your desired area and focus!


It sounds basic, but if you don’t know your motherboard from your hard-drive, you might have a hard time in the future. Learn the basics of a computer and find out how to take one apart. We are only going to rely on technology more and more as time goes on, so if you can update yourself with the knowledge you need to know – you might just go far! Learn about cloud-computing and what it can do for you and try to see if you can solve fundamental issues without calling the IT department.

There are plenty of skills that will help your future career path; it’s just about deciding what you want to do with your future. Discover your future and charge full steam ahead, picking up skills as you go.

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