Everyone keeps emphasizing the importance of skills. But ‘pipu of God’, if you learn non-lucrative ones your ‘akant’ balance would just be dancing shaku shaku.
Over time I’ve mastered the art of teaching only contents I personally witness visible result, not ‘textbook’ skills.
Also, do not expect obvious high-in-demand skills like tailoring, makeup, food production etc. Nah, the keywords here are; unique, lucrative and high-paying.
In Pete Odechie’s voice: “Let the listing begin:”
1. NEURO-LINGUISTIC PROGRAMMING (NLP):
Relax, it has nothing to do with techy-programming stuff bla bla.
NLP is all about having a deeper understanding of how your mind (neuro) and daily language (linguistic) influence your behaviour.
Apart from the fact that several corporate organisations are on a hunt for NLP Practitioners to build a perfect team and understand customers more, this skill help to re-programme yourselves to attain exceptional results in your lives (business, family, religion) and build highly productive relationships with valuable individuals.
With NLP, individuals “fix” their lives. Leaders step up their game and the trainers make a fortune. It’s a MUST HAVE for every entrepreneur, Coach or leader.
2. FINANCIAL SERVICE:
Oh yes, the skill of managing money. The UN ranked Financial consultants as #2 most sort-after globally. The top three categories are:
>> Budgeting – Helping individuals and organisations map out the most efficient way to use and save money.
>> Portfolio Management – Investing people’s finances in stocks, bonds, forex, treasury bills, etc.
>> Financial intelligence – Teaching people the nitty gritty of money. Trust me, a whole lot of literates spend fortunes trying to acquire this intelligence.
My country people, anything finance should be handled with ABSOLUTE DELICACY. To be successful, acquire the best training, certification and legalities.
3. MEDIA BACKEND:
While most people are hustling to acquire media FRONT END skills like photography, cinematography, etc, few others are striving to learn media BACKEND skills like video editing, graphics design, etc.
You need no special witch [I won’t mention Edo. lol] to tell which category is more lucrative.
Yes, I know you have the passion for cinematography (front end) and not video editing (backend), but it’s almost not possible to be great at backend skills without mastering front end.
So you still get to follow your passion and gain a leverage. OPPORTUNITY BEATS PASSION.
4. BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE (BI):
JobberMan has hundreds of results on it. LinkedIn has thousands of BI jobs. The demand keeps increasing by the day.
BI is a technology-driven process for analyzing data and presenting information to help executives, managers and other corporate end users make informed business decisions.
Aside from the ‘dopeness’ in the name, it is uniquely high paying. Well, only dive here if you have some drive for business development.
Anita Sam can grant you access to an N5k course on Business Intelligence.
Show me a badass coder that is ‘hungry’ and I’ll show you a state in Nigeria where snow falls every winter.
Coding is a good definition of ‘soft work’. But biko, if you don’t have a burning passion to gain mastery in coding don’t even start – your brain may start touching.
Coding is indeed broad. Don’t just jump into a category without proper research.
I’m very certain the following are in high demand: Blockchain Technology (the highest paid developers in the world), Java/Swift (Android/iOS language) and Python (AI and Robotics).
6. CONTENT CREATION and MARKETING:
In any sphere of life, you just need these guys. From business to politics to health to sports, and so on. By content creators I mean:
>> Brand storytellers – where Eziukwu Tochukwu is an authority.
>> Fiction/ Non-Fiction writers – my SmartBcamp crush Eno Sam is nailing it here.
>> Bloggers – Saminu Abass Ola of EliteThrive is a strategic one.
>> Course Tutors – Daddy JO has 3 duplexes, 2 estates and 1 Island here.
Also, content marketing – especially COPYWRITING and EMAIL MARKETING.
In Nollywood, if Kanayo O. Kanayo sees content marketing’s money, he’ll leave blood money. Lol. If you doubt, ask the expert – Serena Francis
If you don’t get clients to freelance for, this skills can be used to promote your own products and services.
There’s nothing to lose in content creation/marketing. It’s a win-win.
7. SALES and NEGOTIATION
I’ve been with several CEO across the globe. And if I ask them of the most valuable human asset in their company, I hear positions surrounding Sales, Negotiations, Closing Deals and Marketing.
They’re the live stream of any business. No sales, No business.
Becoming a Salesman gives the highest job security I’ve personally witnessed. You’re never really out of business.
A trending highly profitable sales niche is Digital Marketing – especially Social Media Marketing.
I’m yet to see anybody who passed through my sales and marketing training and financially remained the same – even the ones followed by village people. My fee runs in 6 figures though.
Don’t be discouraged if you can’t afford it now, you have an alternative to voraciously consuming good materials you can access on sales and marketing. In no time, you’ll be in high demand.
A very frustrating state in a man’s life is when he/she tries to build a stream of income but keep hitting a block. Therefore, leveraging the skills is one of the surest routes!
YOU ARE ONE SKILL AWAY FROM YOUR NEXT BIG BREAK.
My name is Lovemore Leonard – the first Coach you should’ve called to increase your business profits and the last coach you’ll need.
I would love to hear your comments. If you know any other high-in-demand skill, please share below.