New Skills to Learn in 2021

New Skills to Learn in 2021

2020 saw many jobs had to go remote, and some companies that could not cope were forced to close while their workers were laid off. The workers could not do much but they would have been better off if they had other soft skills that could generate income for them.

This leads us to these new skills you can learn in 2021, the skills are easy to learn as long as you are focused. Some of them can be combined with your normal job while others can also be done remotely. Find out more about these skills in this article.

Below are skills you can learn that will help you stand out in 2021 and also generate income for you.

New Skills to Learn in 2021

Written Communication

You will still have to write even if you do not consider yourself a writer. As long as you are learned, there will be a need to write; it could be a report, a cover letter for a job application, an email to your superior, or even an informal letter to a friend.

People use writing to express themselves, so anyone can write. The good news is that you do not have to go to a school of writing or take special communication classes before you know how to write well.

All you need to do is to familiarize yourself with some writing tips and you can get started. You can also read articles to guide you on how to create a resume or write a cover letter.

Now to the monetary aspect, you can grow to become a scriptwriter, a content writer, or an article writer. There are even people who write for blogs and get paid. When it comes to the field of writing, the options are limitless.

You can download the Grammarly App to help you catch and fix most grammar and spelling mistakes.

Digital Marketing

Digital marketing is online marketing assets or efforts. Blogging, social media marketing, and email marketing are all good examples of digital marketing. All of them help to introduce your company to people and convince them to patronize you.

If you need more help, you can reach out to a digital marketing agency close to you. Below are some of the common digital marketing strategies and businesses use to reach out to people online.

  • Pay-per-click advertising
  • Paid search advertising
  • Search engine optimization
  • Paid social media advertising
  • Social media marketing
  • Conversion rate optimization
  • Native advertising
  • Email marketing

Web development

Well, not everyone should or wants to code, but it is good to learn web development. If you are very good at web development, you can generate income via freelancing.

Personally, it helps you to create and promote your projects on the internet. It can also be exciting and fun and it can usher you into more technical forms of programming.

You can use these recommended resources to learn web development

  • Treehouse
  • Codecademy

You can equally familiarize yourself with the basics of HTML


Even if you are not a professional designer, it can be very useful to learn some basic design principles. This might come in handy than you think, it can help you create better Instagram posts or higher quality presentations.

Working with designers in your job will make communication easier. You will find these resources helpful

  • Can’t Unsee
  • Graphics design basics

Game Development

Game development is a very hot skill in today’s world. If you love playing games, there is a huge possibility that you will have fun developing games as well. Many of the best browser games you play today were developed by game developers. As a game developer, you can learn programing languages like JavaScript, C++, HTML5 and so on. With time, you can create games for iOS, Android and many others.

The game development industry is very large and there are always opportunities for aspiring developers. It is even easier to slip into other careers like design, animation, and so on since you will cover them while learning how to be a game developer.

Game development extends through different areas including game designing, programming, and even music design.


There are many other skills you can learn in 2021 in addition to the ones listed above. Try not to overburden yourself by picking too much, instead focus on two or three, and ensure that you learn, understand, and keep practicing it. In no time, you will be getting income from these skills.

John Norwood
John Norwood is best known as a technology journalist, currently at Ziddu where he focuses on tech startups, companies, and products.