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Skills for the Future

In a post pandemic world facing numerous economic hardships, the job market is shrinking although this is countered by new employment opportunities that are created by innovators and disruptors.

If you are happy in your chosen profession but unsure of your future career prospects then it may be the time to revisit your skill set to update and secure your future.

Learning new skills is not always easy, especially if you are mid-way in your career journey however the benefits of doing so can be invaluable.

Having knowledge of the latest updates and knowledge regarding your chosen career can set you apart in your next job interview. 

It is of course really important to first identify the skills and knowledge you require and then proceed to obtain them. A mismatch of skills and knowledge that is not relevant, valid or required by your profession will be redundant and actually be disadvantageous to you.

Where can I learn new skills?

Having identified what is required it is important to structure your approach in obtaining these skills and knowledge. There are many paid and free methods to do this. The internet offers a treasure trove of learning opportunities and if you were to spend some quality time researching your learning options there are a number of avenues to be explored. 

Learning is a lifelong journey and we must all realise its importance in helping to further our career goals and objectives.

If you are considering mobile app development for example then Franklin Training is an online remote learning platform that delivers effective mobile app development training in both Flutter and iOS.

With Franklin Training you could be making your very own mobile apps within a period as short as three weeks. Such remote learning platforms make learning accessible to anyone with a smartphone and the curiosity to learn.

If I migrate will I be able to find a job?

If you are having difficulties in securing employment in your chosen profession, then migration could be a possibility. To be successful a lot of advance planning would be required. 

The first action would be to do an audit of the countries that are having scope in your chosen procession. Having shortlisted a few countries you must then thoroughly understand the potential of securing employment and the current market situation for your skills and knowledge. 

This research phase may reveal that your skills may indeed be outdated and this would be an important moment to do a thorough skills audit to find out where you may be lacking and need to upskill. 

You can then begin the process of entering a migration journey by submitting your application along with evidence of your career and professional achievements. Depending on your qualifications, you may find that many countries have a demand for individuals of your profile.

Find Your Dream Job

DreamJobs.lk by Elegant Media is Sri Lanka’s leading destination to find the most suitable and matching jobs and vacancies, recently announced its acquisition of two popular job hunting websites, as part of its aggressive expansion to better cater to the growing and fast-evolving technology-driven job market; at the same time, strengthening its status as Sri Lanka’s largest online job-hunting portal and recruitment platform.


DreamJobs.lk has a database of over 300,000 registered job seekers, each with a specific skill set and in addition, partners with over 2,500 employers in order to showcase the best jobs for the best talent; making it the natural choice for job seekers of all backgrounds.

Continue reading 21 March 2022

Foreign Employment as a Path to Migration

According to the  International Organization for Migration, approximately 200,000 skilled and unskilled workers migrate from Sri Lanka to destinations across the Middle East (80%), Europe, Japan, Korea and more annually. There are roughly over two million Sri Lankan migrant workers presently employed across the world.

When will this Pandemic End?

With the Delta and Omicron strains of the Coronavirus somewhat overcome through the application of the booster vaccination, the Covid-19 Pandemic looks to be ending as of 2022.

This of course only applies to countries that have provided roughly over 80% of their adult population with a first dose, second dose and a booster. 

The nature of this current pandemic is fluid and subject to frequent change and the possibility of newer more virulent strains emerging although greatly reduced, is still an obstacle in nations with low vaccination rates.

Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment 

Increased Demand for Migrant Labour

As the world recovers and begins to slowly emerge from the Pandemic, the demand for unskilled workers continues to increase, especially in Gulf countries where Sri Lanka has a strong association as a destination for both skilled and unskilled migrant labour.

With the onset of the Covid-19 Pandemic, a majority of Sri Lankans working and already domiciled in the Gulf and other countries had to cut short their employment contracts and return to their homeland.

Today, with the easing of the Pandemic and related restrictions, once again the demand for both skilled and unskilled migrant labour is on the rise and there has never been a better time to consider migration for employment.

Beyond Domestic Aides

Although traditionally Sri Lankan migrant labour to the Gulf has been linked to domestic helpers and labourers, today, especially the hospitality and leisure sectors are seeking those with skills to join them, driven by the increased demand and appetite for travel from those who had to experience numerous lockdowns and travel restrictions.

The most common reasons for migration are broadly categorised as:

  • For Settlement Purposes - Most often skilled individuals
  • For Economic Reasons - Most often skilled, semi-skilled and low-skilled individuals
  • For Educational Reasons - Most often for undergraduate and postgraduate studies
  • For Political Reasons - Most often as refugees or asylum seekers

What Skills do you Need ?

For those considering skilled migration for employment in the Gulf, the hospitality industry requires all levels of staff from chefs and receptionists to customer service professionals and hoteliers.

Those considering acquiring new skills or updating their existing skills must closely observe the demand for their chosen profession and then focus on obtaining those skills alongside relevant work experience.

Given the increasingly competitive nature of the present migratory labour market in addition to the required skills and experience, having knowledge of another language is sure to give candidates an edge over other job applicants.

Overall, Sri Lankan labour migration trends show that the majority of migrants tend to be semi-skilled and low-skilled workers. Obtaining a job in a foreign country can not only provide a meaningful income, it can also be the first stepping stone to permanent migration.

However before considering applying for an overseas job make sure to analyse your career path, goals and plans so they can be maximised in order to benefit. 

Where can I find such foreign job vacancies?

Online employment platforms are the easiest and most convenient method to find overseas jobs. Especially as foreign employers are far less likely to advertise in local newspapers, going online is the best option to finding your next dream job.

Find Your Dream Job

DreamJobs.lk by Elegant Media is Sri Lanka’s leading destination to find the most suitable and matching jobs and vacancies, recently announced its acquisition of two popular job hunting websites, as part of its aggressive expansion to better cater to the growing and fast-evolving technology-driven job market; at the same time, strengthening its status as Sri Lanka’s largest online job-hunting portal and recruitment platform.

DreamJobs.lk has a database of over 300,000 registered job seekers, each with a specific skill set and in addition, partners with over 2,500 employers in order to showcase the best jobs for the best talent; making it the natural choice for job seekers of all backgrounds, searching for both local and foreign job vacancies.

Dreamjobs offers the best online job vacancies in Sri Lanka and overseas making it the most popular job site in Sri Lanka with a unique social media marketing system to attract the best employers and job seekers, together in one place.

Continue reading 04 February 2022

Preserving The Status Quo: Government Jobs In Sri Lanka In 2022

Quite recently, we addressed the question: What Jobs Are Better Than Government Jobs In Sri Lanka? The public sector in Sri Lanka has proven to be the backbone of an economy that is struggling to get back on its feet. The current budget therefore takes into consideration the importance of keeping the public servants satisfied. 

We acknowledge that economic prosperity is a topic that is best cemented according to the health of the private sector. While the Leisure and Hospitality Sector is facing an uphill battle trying to get back to its glory days, the IT sector is set to generate a much-needed USD 1.8 billion by 2022.

Budget 2022: Trust In The Public

The vitality of any economy are its citizens, and the mechanisms that cater to their well-being. There are AIA pension plans like in the private sector, but none more comprehensive and assured than the pension plans aligned with public service. 

The assurance of the state is one that is based on trust and confidence. Sri Lanka’s Budget 2021 was received with cautious optimism. A career is a long-lasting commitment and in the public sphere, being employed in the public sector is a rare accomplishment. The Budget 2021 therefore safeguarded the rights of ageing pensioners and extended the age of retirement of public servants to 65 years of age

Additionally the Agrahara Medical Insurance Scheme by the Government for public sector employees and pensioners offer a multitude of benefits that are covered under two tiers, namely: Silver and Gold. 

While the retirement scheme for public servants is funded by  Sri Lanka’s foreign earnings that come primarily from tourism, textiles, tea, rubber based and agriculture products, service sectors such as Information technology, financial services and transport have also increased their contributions substantially. 

While such industries are facing a great many challenges in 2021, the outlook is set to improve. What the Covid-19 Pandemic in Sri Lanka proved is that the economic burden placed on the public can be absorbed by the government thanks to a strong fiscal policy, and as a result of instances of fraud by private sector institutions.

Alternative Career Paths

Is the status quo facing a challenge? It is. While government jobs form the backbone of any developing nation, the private sector can be crowned as the heart. During the Covid-19 Pandemic, Sri Lanka faced insurmountable challenges with the Hospitality and Leisure sector facing losses and hotels cutting salaries of staff. The latter sector is one that sustains over 400,000 Sri Lankans.

The country is aiming at a period of recovery, and is looking at repositioning the island nation whilst also looking at potential travel corridors. Yet, change is in the air, with the Government of Sri Lanka focusing on the global transition to all things digital with its own currency.

The Digital Economy in Sri Lanka, estimated to be US$ 3.47 billion or 4.37 percent of GDP, is gradually emerging. Thanks to Sri Lanka’s close ties to China, the transition towards an economy that is truly digital is a reality. 

Moreover, this trend towards a prosperous IT sector hints at a great many vacancies that are apparent for domains that are in the fields of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing. 

That said, the expansion of various industries and sectors are highlighting the requirement for government jobs. In short, more public servants will be needed to assist with the functioning of new public sectors that are yet to be.

Find Your Dream Job

DreamJobs.lk by Elegant Media is Sri Lanka’s leading destination to find the most suitable and matching jobs and vacancies, recently announced its acquisition of two popular job hunting websites, as part of its aggressive expansion to better cater to the growing and fast-evolving technology-driven job market; at the same time, strengthening its status as Sri Lanka’s largest online job-hunting portal and recruitment platform.

DreamJobs.lk has a database of over 300,000 registered job seekers, each with a specific skill set and in addition, partners with over 2,500 employers in order to showcase the best jobs for the best talent; making it the natural choice for job seekers of all backgrounds.

Continue reading 26 November 2021

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