Want to take the new year by storm? Make it your best year yet by learning a new skill and achieving your goals.
It’s that time of year again – the year has ended and our thoughts are turning to what we achieved in the last year.
Have you learned the language you promised to learn at the beginning of the year? Have you been promoted in your job like you hoped? Are you earning more money than last December or are you still struggling to make ends meet?
Now, more than ever, we think about what we want to be different next year. But as we’ve seen from the past, change doesn’t happen overnight and it doesn’t happen if we don’t take different actions.
If you’re sick and tired of your job or want something new, training up in tech skills allows you to take advantage of opportunities in the new year. Isn’t it time you thought about skilling up and getting one of them?
Learn how to code
You may not want to become a web developer, but learning how to code gives you an advantage when looking for a job opportunity in the new year. Whether you’re in recruitment, copywriting, design or management, anyone who can learn how to code has a significant advantage over those who can’t.
And not just in startups. These days every industry, from retail to finance, from science to the arts needs people with programming knowledge. If you’re in a position to hire people, you need to be able to judge their portfolio and identify if the web developers you’re interviewing have the right skills, not to mention know the right questions to ask.
As a writer with tech knowledge, you’ll be in a sought-after position because you can market yourself as an expert available for blog writing, website copy, newsletters and content marketing with your combined writing skills and tech knowledge.
Upgrade your current skill set
Technology is outpacing every other industry in the world, and the truth is, if we don’t skill up to meet the need, we’re going to be left out in the cold. A good example of this is print designers.
Print design is a dying industry. But designers here have a choice. They can upgrade their skill set and get online, or they can watch as their industry becomes redundant. For a print designer, learning UX design would be a natural progression. Learning about user experience would tie-in nicely with their previous experience and still be relevant.
If you’re a back-end web developer, how about learning front-end? If you’re only comfortable with a few coding languages, how about expanding your toolkit and learning some more? Ruby on Rails, Swift .. the list of new languages is growing every day.
The more tech skills you can add to your resume, the more doors you open for yourself for next year’s new career. (Click here to tweet this advice.)
What do you do now? Pimp your personal brand
That new job isn’t going to come calling for you. Once you’ve upgraded your current skill set and found a niche, it’s time to pimp your personal brand. Get online and talk about what you do, start conversations with experts in the field, guest post on relevant blogs and make sure your social media reflects what you’re doing.
Your LinkedIn profile should be up-to-date and optimized. This is your online resume: use it. If you optimize your LinkedIn profile, when you do apply for a job and your prospective employer types your name into a search engine (and they will), they’ll find everything attached to your name is linked to your interest in the field.
Remember, you are who Google says you are. Make it great.
Rosie Allabarton is a writer who lives in Berlin and specializes in technology, education, employment and women in technology. She works as a tech writer and content manager for CareerFoundry, an online educational platform that provides training in web development and UX & UI design, providing career changers with the skills they need to launch themselves onto the tech scene.