Expanding Your Skillset
In the Creative Industry, like many other industries, we have to face learning new skills to keep fresh and up to date. Here are some suggestions if you are looking for something new to add to your LinkedIn or CV:
Take Up a Course
Depending on how much time you can take to learn a new skill, you may approach an online course rather than a night course for example. If you are already employed but want to dabble in something new, taking an online course can be a great start without spending fees in something that may later not interest you. There are sites such as Alison, Udemy and even YouTube that offer courses in the technology field.
I would suggest if looking for employment, look at what job posts requirements are and what are you missing from your skillset. Although it may not be something you would think you are interested in, or may be too technical for you, you could surprise yourself.
Take Up a New Language
Languages are always a plus when looking for a job, whether it be at home or away. With so many linguistic jobs opening up in Ireland, it may be something to consider taking up. There are classes available in most towns to some level, however if you don’t have a dedicated time or want to explore a more exotic language, there are great resources online. For me a favourite is Babbel, with a low cost subscription fee. Another is a mobile app called Duolingo, a free to use questionnaire set up.
However languages can stretch as far to learning a new coding language. HTML may be the most basic language that most in the industry is a must. Why not stand out and learn a coding language that can stand out from others. Most software is free for personal use, with many tutorials online, as I said previously. It will attract an employer to see that you’re not just the average Joe who is only skilled in basic HTML.
Volunteering your time can be a great way to learn from others. It’s a great way to meet new people from different paths of life and knowledge to you. To begin with it can be a great way to boost your confidence and communication skills. By volunteering you can learn from others and possibly take up a new skill. When I was in college I volunteered at Coderdojo, classes to teach children coding and software. What was fascinating was that this young generation were very highly skilled in computing and can actually teach you a thing or two!
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