Whether we’re working from home or from the office, we as South Africans find ourselves grappling with an ongoing challenge that has less to do with deadlines and more to do with dying power plants: load shedding. As power outages continue to disrupt our daily life and affect business and economic growth across the country, the outlook is bleak. But if there’s one thing South Africans have in common, it’s a culture of resilience and creativity – and the options are available to us to grow our career prospects.

As we continue to build our lives and careers, we’re needing to find the most effective ways to provide stability and growth. The costs of living are up, the cost of fuel is up, and often we’re forced to stretch our Rands to reach the end of the month. So what can we do to regain control in a country where things seem to be spinning out of it, boosting our earning potential and taking the steps to find fulfilling careers? Here are three things you can do today to develop a growth mindset and future-proof your prospects.

Short for time? Here’s a quick summary:

Enhance Your Skills for In-Demand Industries

As the cost of living rises, it becomes crucial to equip yourself with the skills that are in high demand in the job market. Red & Yellow’s latest Employability Report indicates that the demand for creative skills is currently high in South Africa. The top four most in-demand skills in South Africa are Software Development, Sales, Business Management, and Information Technology. Marketing comes in at number nine.

Online qualifications such as the National Certificates in Digital Marketing, Business Analysis, User-Centered Design, as well as 2D Animation and Creating Digital Content, are designed to meet these growing job market needs and have highly practical components built into the syllabus. The result? You’re more likely to stand out in the job market from day one, especially if you’re looking to chase a promotion or move jobs.

If you’re short on time, you can also enrol in 100% online short courses. For instance, enrolling in a digital marketing online short course can provide you with a comprehensive understanding of online advertising, social media strategies, and search engine optimisation (SEO). These skills are highly sought after in today’s digital landscape and can open doors to new career opportunities. Red & Yellow’s industry-recognised online short courses ensure that you gain the practical knowledge and expertise required to stand out in competitive markets and increase your earning potential, even in the face of load shedding and the cost of living crisis.

Develop an Entrepreneurial Mindset and Upskill Yourself

The cost of living crisis often pushes individuals to explore alternative sources of income and consider entrepreneurship. Red & Yellow’s online short courses and qualifications not only offer traditional career-oriented programmes but also focus on developing an entrepreneurial mindset and skills that can help you navigate the challenges of starting and running your own business.

Employees working within typical company structures also benefit greatly from applying entrepreneurial thinking to their work. Studies show that entrepreneurial experience combined with critical thinking directly affects how employees can identify business opportunities. These transferable skills are valuable across any industry and result in a growth mindset.

By enrolling in an entrepreneurship course such as Entrepreneurial Thinking, you can learn essential concepts such as business strategy, financial management, and marketing. These skills provide a solid foundation for building and growing a successful venture, enabling you to take control of your career and financial future. Red & Yellow’s practical approach to education equips you with the tools and knowledge needed to overcome the hurdles presented by load shedding and the rising cost of living, empowering you to create your own opportunities and increase your earning potential.

Access Flexible Learning Opportunities

Load shedding and the cost of living crisis can limit your ability to pursue traditional full-time education. However, Red & Yellow’s online qualifications and short courses offer a flexible learning environment that fits around your schedule and financial constraints.

Learning while you’re earning is possible, and you can access high-quality educational programmes from the comfort of your home, allowing you to upskill and enhance your career prospects without compromising your existing career commitments. Whether you are working full-time, raising a family, or dealing with the challenges of load shedding, Red & Yellow’s online learning platform provides a solution that adapts to your circumstances.

And if you’re looking to truly bulk up your career prospects with a solid advanced diploma, you’ve got options too. By enrolling in a Part-Time programme, you can gain a valuable qualification and expand your knowledge base at your own pace. This flexibility not only enables you to balance your career development with other responsibilities but also allows you to save on commuting costs and the additional expenses associated with traditional education. Red & Yellow’s commitment to accessible education empowers individuals to overcome the barriers imposed by load shedding and the cost of living crisis, ensuring that you can proactively control your career trajectory and maximise your earning potential.

As South Africa grapples with load shedding and a rising cost of living, gaining control of your career and increasing your earning potential becomes crucial for financial stability. It’s up to each of us to spot opportunities and take active steps today to best prepare for what the future holds for our careers.