Building The Skills Of Tomorrow In Your Spare Time

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Over the last few decades, the world has changed an awful lot. With the emergences of microchips and digital technology, the tools which humans have available have evolved dramatically, and this is shaping the way that businesses work. Unfortunately, though, with the world developing so quickly, there is always a shortage of those with the skills to work with the machines being built. To help you to fill this niche, securing yourself the potential to have a far more interesting future, this post will be exploring some of the key skills which are going to become useful in the coming years.

Programming

You can have the most powerful computer in the world, but it will be completely useless if you don’t have any software to run on it. These machine rely heavily on code to keep running properly, making it increasingly difficult for companies to manage their own devices without having developers on the team. Learning a skill like programming isn’t too challenging, as long as you’re prepared to dedicate a good amount of time to it. There are loads of resources around the web which can help you with this, but it is also worth keeping in mind that it’s very hard to break a computer, even when you’re dealing with the scripts which keep it running.

Engineering

Computers aren’t the only area which is improving in business, though, and it’s also worth thinking about the hardware which keeps the building going. Modern products almost always use electronics over mechanisms, nowadays, making even the simplest of tools into a complex web of wires which most people won’t understand. Getting your hands on some heat shrink tubing, a wire kit, and an arduino should be plenty to start you out on the road towards becoming an electrical engineer. While you may not have a formal certificate to show that you can work with small devices, you will have the real-world experience which will matter in work.

Communication

While a lot of businesses are looking for ways to replace their human teams with computers and robots, there are certain jobs which will always have to be handled by people. Communication is one of them, but this skill is changing along with tech. Live chat, VoiP calls, and emails all play a significant role in modern business, and being able to use them effectively can make a real difference to the people you’re working for. This sort of skill is best learned through practice, but this is nice and easy to find if you talk to people often enough.

Building skills which will help you in later life can be a real challenge. It’s hard to predict what will be necessary over the next few years, and more and more people are looking for ways to improve themselves like this. Of course, though, it’s worth taking a chance when you have the opportunity to prepare yourself for the future, even if it means you have to work hard in the process.

Why College Has Lost Its Mojo

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Someone recently asked me, “If you could go back and give yourself advice what would it be?

My response: drop out of college

With a perplexed reaction to my comment, I began to explain:

A college degree isn’t worth much anymore…just ask your next employer. Experience matters, where you got your degree from doesn’t. The sad reality is most college grads take a job outside of their major and spend the next 5 or so years working just to pay off student loans.

Also college doesn’t teach “real world” skills. I spoke to USC freshmen and sophomores in a career workshop before and said the 3 most important skills to learn in college are: networking, gaining experience (usually through an internship) and learning how to sell (product, services and yourself). Ironically, those tasks aren’t taught in college unless you take advantage of resources as a student.

Lastly, flexibility is the new definition of success. Money isn’t as valuable as controlling your time. Millennials are the most entrepreneurial generation because they want to make an impact and be happy doing it. Steve Jobs, Richard Branson and Kevin Rose prove college isn’t for everyone.

Trade schools and incubators are on the rise because if you have an idea that can potentially make a lot of money, why put it towards an education that doesn’t translate to much? As a Bachelor’s & Master’s degree holder, I may sound like a hypocrite, but if I could do it all over again I’d pass college and jump directly into entrepreneurship.