So, 2015 is here. We already told you what 9 digital resolutions you might want to stick to, but that’s hard to do that if you don’t know how it’s done. To be good at something you need the right skill set, and believe it or not, those things can be learned. Sure, some of us have special talents for talented in certain things more than others, but without hard work or trying to perfect that talent, it just remains a potential. To propel it further and make it a useful skill, you need to work on it. So how and where to work if you want to learn and hone digital skills?
But first, what skills you should learn? When it comes to 2015, things are moving pretty fast. Looking 5 years back, some of these phrases were mere gibberish, but today they can mark the difference between landing a job and getting a “Better luck next time!” email. Here are some of them, according to LinkedIn:
- Statistical analysis and data mining
- Middleware and integration software
- Network and information security
- SEO/SEM marketing
- Mobile Development
- Web architecture and development framework
- Data engineering and data warehousing
- Marketing campaign management
- Mac, Linux and Unix systems
- User interface design
- Digital and online marketing
- Java development
- Shell scripting languages
- Game development
Do not be fooled, these skills are wanted all across the globe, from USA, India, UK, Brazil, UAE, France, South Africa, Australia and so on. We haven’t even listed all of them, just those that will sound familiar even to those that are not that into digital skills. However, it is the time to face the music, we all must endeavour on that journey if we want to work these days.
Majority of these skills sound like STEM skills. If you do not know what STEM is, it abbreviation for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. On the first glance, it seems that we listed only tech skills, but do not be fooled, traditional STEM skills such as mechanical and electrical engineering are still wanted and are base the for some of these more advanced skills. Everything is evolving and changing, and so is data. Internet connected us, gave us more information, and thus it has provided more data than ever. Experts in data storage, retrieval, and analysis are almost guaranteed to get a job instantly.
Marketing and languages evolved too. Marketing is emigrating from traditional to digital spheres and it is very important to know SEO, even if you have a regular blog. Better SEO, better chances of reaching more audience! In the last decades, languages are not only spoken, but if you want to go into programming, you will need to learn at least one and some of them. However, do not forget spoken languages, because those are important as well, and more and more people are at least bilingual!
Luckily, digital skills are available digitally, on the internet. If you want to learn and hone them, all you need is a computer and internet connection, and you can access some of thousand MOOC (massive open online courses). There are many sites that offer them and to make your life easier, we are going to list some courses from three giants: Coursera, edX and Udemy.
If you have some free time on your hands you should definitively check these out. What are you waiting for? These skills aren’t going to sharpen themselves!