One of the biggest changes I’ve seen recently is the need for people to be jacks of all trades. No longer is it enough to be good at one thing, even those not in marketing or a creative-based career are expected not only to be able to use social media, but to succeed at it. And don’t even get me started on how millennials grew up with the internet so obviously we’re all coding whizzes.
Nevertheless, if you’re looking for a new skill to pick up in 2019, here are my top 4 choices!
#1: Hand Lettering
If you’ve been on Instagram or in pretty much any store that sells prints recently, you’ll have seen the craze that’s hand lettering. You look down at your own writing and realize it’s not quite as easy as it seems. So why not learn hand lettering in 2019? There are plenty of amazing courses you can take, but I totally recommend the workbooks by Becca of The Happy Ever Crafter. She organizes her courses into different books starting with just the shapes you’ll be using to create the letters, and building on from there.
#2: Photo Editing & Photography
One of the key skills everyone should know is being able to both take and edit a good photo. Images and videos are everything on social media, and taking good photos in 2019 is way past choosing a filter on Instagram (does anyone even use those anymore?). Whether you use pro tools like Adobe Lightroom or Instagram’s built-in editing tools, it’s a great skill to have to be able to create a consistent looking Instagram feed or quickly touch up a new profile photo.
WordPress is one of the most popular platforms for websites to be built on. From the smallest blog to the largest enterprise, WordPress can power it all. Don’t waste time on platforms that aren’t mobile-responsive, don’t have built-in search engine optimization features, or endless customization options. Even just knowing the backend of WordPress and how to customize themes is useful in many work environments, especially if you’re in Marketing or business. For the very adventurous, learning HTML, CSS, and PHP coding will allow for complete control over websites. Every business needs a website, and it’s becoming that every person will need one too.
#4: Spreadsheet Software
Ok I could’ve just called this question “Microsoft Excel”, but with the wide variety of alternatives, I didn’t want to limit it to just one program. What I’m really getting at here is that learning functions can help you take control of your financial life, career, or academics. Personally I love Apple Numbers because it’s not one massive spreadsheet but rather a collection of smaller ones. It’s just so much more aesthetically pleasing.