Triple Your Income With These Add-On Skills

“If I had six hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend the first four hours sharpening the axe,” once said Abraham Lincoln.

Even if you’ve just started your career, it won’t hurt to hone your skillset early on, and pick up a few upgrades along the way.

This way, you increase your value and become an indispensable asset not only to the company you’re working for, but to yourself as well.

The infographic below shows a few income* boosters you might want to incorporate in your career.

Customer Service Representative
Base pay: P19,000 to P25,000 monthly
+ Foreign language
= P40,000 to P90,000

Content Writer
Base pay: P19,000 – P25,000 monthly
+ foreign language = P30,000 – P40,000
+ SEO/Wordpress/Content Management Systems
= P30,000 to P50,000

Data Analysts
Base pay: P19,000 to P25,000
+ JavaScript/MySQL/MS Excel/SAS (advanced knowledge)
= P30,000 to P40,000

Public Relations Officer
Base pay: P20,000 to P30,000
+ Mandarin speaking
= P40,000 to P120,000

English Tutor/ESL Instructor
Base pay: P15,000 to P20,000
+ Japanese/Korean language
= P30,000 to P40,000

Web Developer
Base pay: P20,000 to P30,000
+ JavaScript/PHP/HTML/CSS /SQL/JQuery/XML/Ajax (advanced knowledge)
= P 40,000 – P 120,000

*based from entry to mid-level employment bracket

The highest-paying skills

In a fast-paced working environment, harnessing your skills and knowledge will make your CV stand out. This particularly helps if acquire a new skill that’s not directly related to your current career path.

Below are some highly in-demand courses to take in case you need a professional boost or if you are planning to widen your scope.

1. Foreign language

Communication is key for company expansion and global connection. Spanish, Japanese, French, and Mandarin have the highest demands.

2. Photoshop/InDesign

Visual communication is a big hit in social media and advertising nowadays. If you’re gifted with a creative mind, then making infographic images will only be a piece of cake.

3. Photography and video production

If you have a knack for design as well as an eye for striking audiovisual elements such as lighting, colors blocking, and lighting, learning to produce photos and videos is also a good investment.

4. Digital and social media marketing

The ever-growing popularity of social media and the boom of e-commerce boosted the demand for digital marketers and community managers. If you already have great writing skills, then why not throw in some social media and search engine optimization expertise to stay competitive in the playing field?

5. Coding

Web and mobile app development are also all the rage these days, no wonder employees in the information technology industry are currently the highest-paid in the country. If you know basic HTML and CSS, expand your coding skills to SQL, PHP, Javascript and other languages.

Have other skills in mind? Share them in the comments.