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Top 5 Skills That Will Quickly Get You a High-Paying Job in 2017

Did you know that despite Nigeria’s unemployment rate being at a high 14.2 % this year there are still thousands of job openings every day?

Yes, that is so true, and a visit to the top job sites will confirm this reality, however, we want to look at the top 5 skills that will quickly get you a high-paying job in 2017 as we found out from vacancies on the job sites.

But first…

Believe me, I know how frustrating it could be searching for a job after years of schooling because I have been there. Getting a job can be really difficult in this part of the world but some are not only getting it, they quit at one to get another like they are getting on cabs.

And that is not because they are Doctors or Lawyers or due to their connection as we popularly believe but plainly because of what they have to offer in the marketplace.

The truth is that these ones know something that most people don’t (They acquire skills) and that’s the reason why we have rounded-up the top 5 skills that will get you a job as soon as you can acquire the skills.

Without further ado, let’s get straight to it.

Computer Programming

This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. There is a whole lot of tech jobs out there that requires one’s ability to write codes using various programming languages like Python, Javascript, PHP, C++ and so on to create websites, web applications or software.

The reality of this industry in Nigeria is that it arguably has more jobs than the number of qualified applicants. I know this because of how long it took us to find a qualified web developer despite hundreds of applications.

There is a huge gap in this space that needs more hands on deck. Getting this skill will certainly get you a job faster than you can imagine.

And just so you know, we offer web design and software development training at BFD but I will tell you about it later.

Multimedia and Creative Design

As the business world continues to go digital, multimedia is becoming an essential part of every company’s marketing department especially as online videos are on the rise. Video marketing has become valuable and companies are jumping on the trend.

However, aside video making other multimedia skills that could get you a job quickly are graphic design, video animation and video editing.

While it is common that people who have this skill start their own businesses or work as freelancers, companies are beginning to understand the need for an in-house multimedia professional.

Customer Service

We also found customer service to rank among the top skills employers are looking for in Nigeria. Every company wants to employ people who have the skill to convert leads to buyers and maintain a good relationship with clients.

Note that this skill requires that you get certifications to back up your abilities in it, however, it is highly marketable and can get you a job as fast as you need one.

Project Management

This is another skill in the list that requires certification. With this skill, you can work in various industries as companies are looking to hire project managers to oversee projects from initiation to execution.

This skill has a chance of getting you a job quickly too, provided you are good at it.

Digital Marketing

You’re right if you think I saved the best for the last.

According to the Flux Report by Right Management, marketing ranks high as a top employability skill. However, technology has taken marketing online, hence the high need for digital marketers.

Today, digital marketing is a hot employable skill everywhere in the world because people now spend more time online than watching TV or listening to the radio.

With over 2 billion active users on Facebook, over 500 million active users on Instagram and over 300 million on Twitter, companies now understand that their customers are online which means they need to know how to use digital media to grow their business.

At Big Field Digital, this is a core service that we offer to clients in and out of Nigeria. Some opportunities in Digital marketing includes:

Social Media Management

Search Engine Optimization

Content Marketing

Email Marketing

Search Engine Marketing and much more…

This skill offers a huge opportunity to get a high paying job in Nigeria today.

In Conclusion.

Go ahead and get a skill. Choose the one that is best suited to your strengths and equip yourself with an in-depth knowledge of it. If you do, you will get a job this year – Very possible.

That said, let me introduce you to Big Field Digital Academy where we offer training in Web development, graphic design and digital marketing.

Our courses take a month or two depending on your choice of program, however, if you will like to enrol or have any questions about our training, please contact us here.


If you like to have a basic knowledge of digital marketing, download our 4 Easy Steps to Digital Marketing Mastery for free.



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