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5 Skills That Will Outlast Any Quarantine

Lolita Allgyer
April 2020

Instead of focusing on the things you don’t have control over, I’d rather focus on what you can do.  

So I’ve narrowed down a list of foolproof, recession-proof, pandemic-proof skills that you can build today. 

To be foolproof, these skills have to be:

  • Timeless (not made obsolete by technology) 
  • Fairly simple to acquire (not some high-level ideas that take an IQ of 180 to master)
  • Universally applicable (meaning they’re not just restricted to one career)

Check them out!

1. Sales

More than ever before, everything requires sales. If you’re not selling a product, you’re selling yourself to a company in an interview. Or you’re selling a family member on an idea you had. 

Regardless, you’ll be using sales skills all day, every day if you know how to build them. 

Here’s how to get started: 

2. Content Creation 

Content creation is the ability to share ideas through multiple mediums.

It’s also the skill of quickly curating information you consume and building something new with it. 

Many people can post a quick rant on Facebook about their life, but not many can consistently create high-quality work that benefits the lives of those around them. 

That’s the kind of content creation ability that will always be valuable.

Here’s how to get started:

3. Copywriting

Writing, in general, is a skill that has been universally valuable for years. But copywriting takes that skill a step further. 

It’s the art of writing to cause readers to act. 

Even if your job title is never “copywriter,” this is a skill you can always fall back on.   

Here’s how to get started:

4. Self-education

The ability to learn new skills on your own—and quickly—is one that has never gone out of style. If Ben Franklin and Abe Lincoln could do it in an age without the internet, think what you can do now with information at your fingertips!

Since the majority of people will never take the time to build this skill, there’s never been a better time to teach yourself how to learn! 

Here’s how to get started:

5. Community building

I guess most people call this “networking.” But I’m tired of the typical lingo. 

A great network isn’t about getting all the right connections. It’s about building a community of people who respect you and your work. 

Community building involves working out loud, doing things that are interesting to you, and creating value for those around you. 

Here’s how to get started:

The more you learn…

Know what the most interesting thing is about these skills? They overlap. A lot.  

The more you learn about copywriting, the better you’ll be at sales. Study content creation more, and you’ll find yourself advancing your copywriting skills. Learn the art of self-education, and you’ll have the tool you need to build all the other skills. 

What’s stopping you from starting today?


This post originally appeared on the Praxis weekly newsletter—a one-stop spot for excellent career advice.

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