Top 5 In-demand Skills You Should Start Learning

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No doubt, by now you've noticed the world of work is rapidly changing. With that change comes an opportunity for businesses to adapt and hire skilled resources to help them grow into the changes. For qualified employees or contractors, being at the forefront of a changing market is increasingly important, and it's through learning new skills that will help you get and stay ahead.

With online short courses and education so readily available, upskilling and cross-skilling is now easier than ever. If you're looking to ring in the new year with new skills, here are our top skills to learn in 2019.

Web Development

There are currently over 1.5 billion websites on the world wide web today, and as that number steadily climbs, it's no surprise software development ranks as one of the top jobs in Australia. Because coding and technology impacts almost every life on the planet, it's easy to understand why web development is such an in-demand skill. Although the requirement for web development isn't new, we're in the midst of another tech boom, and there's a massive skill shortage. The good news is, learning to code can be done entirely remotely, and there are hundreds of viable online courses aspiring web developers can take. If you're contemplating a career switch in 2019, coders are undoubtedly hot commodities.


While traditional print may be on a steady decline, the art of writing is well and truly alive. With technology automating a whole suite of tasks, writing isn't one of them. As content becomes a crucial part of marketing – writing, especially digital content writing, is a hot skill to have. Part-journalism, part-marketing, content writers have plenty of opportunities to work as freelancers, in-house as an employee, or within a content-marketing or digital agency. The good news is, there are plenty of resources you can use to refine your storytelling and help you create engaging content that converts to sales.

Project Management

Read through any recent job ad in the tech space and chances are, you'll come across words like 'agile,' 'scrum methods' and 'lean management,' and certifications like PRINCE2, CBAP and PMP. With tasks becoming more complicated, and teams becoming more distributed, the role of project manager is increasingly essential. As technology evolves to be more ubiquitous, work tasks are getting more complicated, and project management is the skill that keeps all the wheels in motion. Regardless of your role, learning how to manage projects is a skill that will serve you throughout your career.

Digital Marketing

The online advertising spend in Australia has grown by 11.7% over the last financial year to reach $7.6 billion. And, with the digital content marketing industry tipped to exceed more than $300 billion worldwide by 2019, it's fair to say digital marketing is in-demand. Given the popularity of digital marketing, there are plenty of online courses that can be taken either full time or part time to get you job-ready in 2019.

Tax Accounting

Every year, over 3000 people all over Australia register to take our Income Tax Course. Coming from a wide range of backgrounds, participants include job seekers returning to work, employees looking to develop their careers as well as semi-retired workers looking for a rewarding challenge. Our Income Tax Course is also used by employers to upskill their internal teams.

As accountancy is an integral part of any business and taxes are a fact of life, it's highly likely this skill will remain in-demand. Like most professions, tax accounting is currently in the midst of massive change. With technology and automation reshaping modern accounting, there's an opportunity for accountants with experience in data analysis to step up into future roles.

If you're looking for a taste of working with numbers, H&R Block's Income Tax Course is a great way to kick-start your 2019 career goals. Under expert guidance, this course will teach you how to prepare tax returns and take you through a step-by-step process of preparing tax returns. Find out more about H&R Block's Income Tax Course or call 1300 730 016 today.

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