No one could have imagined the impact of COVID-19 on the world. 35% of Dutch employees took advantage of the change during the first lockdown and grabbed the opportunity to work on their learning and development. A clear growth was seen in online trainings and in learning interventions focused on mental and physical health. Will this continue in 2021? Check out an overview of the predicted 2021 trends below.

  1. Working data driven: There has been significant progress in Business Intelligence applications. They have become more intuitive and easily accessible for employees who do not work with them on a daily basis. Using these tools and learning programming languages will therefore become more attractive and relevant in the upcoming years. Will 2021 be the year you dive into a tool such as Power BI or Python?
  2. Relevance of development: The best knowledge is knowledge you can directly put into practice. Increase the return on investment on your learning activities by asking yourself the following questions beforehand: ‘When am I satisfied with my skillset?’ and ‘How am I going to measure this?’. An assessment before or after your online training will support this as well. You’ll be even more motivated by seeing your progress, right?
  3. Advanced online and social trainings: The global shift to online working and learning will most likely continue in 2021. It is shown that there will be an increasing learning demand in (interactive) presentations, breakout rooms, online discussion areas and video recording. Moreover, there is a growing trend of social learning, which entails not following trainings individually, but together with your colleagues. Gamification is also a suitable example of this. These interactions make learning more fun, and effective!
  4. Put effort in your soft skills: 2021 will also show a growing demand in the development of soft skills. Next to trainings on mental and physical health, more effort will be put in improving skills of empathy, clear communication, mutual feedback and active listening. It is obviously important to keep your work-life balance in order to have a pleasant working environment.

The relevant and advanced microlearning challenges by 5miles give you the opportunity to improve your Power BI skills. Next to that, you can work on your communicative and collaboration skills with challenges on MS Teams, Outlook and PowerPoint.

Good luck with (further) improving your skills in 2021!