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Learning a new skill

My Journey - Learning Code (By Dean Charlton)

There’s no doubt the lockdown has been frustrating for some, however there’s been some great examples of upskilling and learning new things during this challenging time.

I’m no different, although being busy with work, evenings and weekends have left me wanting to learn something new to better understand the complexities behind recruiting for technology driven roles.

I regularly speak with Developers, finding the world of coding as a key skill that’s in demand and something that will continue to grow as we move forward with technology. I’ve chosen a C# development course and wanted to share my experiences with you.

Learning new skills or finding transferable skills is key to standing out in an ever increasing competitive market and great for personal development.

Tools to learn

  • You may have seen adverts for courses or spoken to someone who’s recently completed a qualification. That’s a great place to start.
  • It’s hard to decide on the best platform to use. You need to decide on what type of learner you are. Ultimately, finding the right course for you will help stick with it when things start to get tough.
  • I personally found it best to look at all the platforms, from starter courses, YouTube videos, free trials and qualifications, before choosing the one I felt was right for me.
  • I decided to do a code specific online training course that I could do in my own time, lasting around 80hrs and fitted well with family life and work.

Set yourself timescales

  • I’m sure many of us have started a course and then before you know it, time has passed and we haven’t completed our milestones. Set yourself a goal, stick to it, write it down, tell a partner. All these things will push you to learn and achieve your learning potential.
  • Use the time at home to your advantage. Many hiring manger’s would be very interested to hear about new skills or sharing with your team about something new you’ve learnt.
  • Making the most of the time we have at home now, maybe an opportunity we don’t have in the future.

What should I learn?

  • I’ve personally chosen coding in C#, as this is something I have an interest in a relevant to my role. However, why not try something completely different?
  • With a skill shortage in Cyber Security, have you thought about how you could look into your transferable skills to get you that dream job?
  • You don’t always need to be technical. Sometimes having no prior knowledge is an advantage. Maybe you’ve a hidden talent for tech.
  • Try to pick a subject that challenges you. Something that will help with your personal development. Or a subject you’ve always wanted to know more about.

Building your skills

·      New skills come with time and patience. I’m not looking to become a Developer or C# expert overnight. The more you apply and learn, the easier it becomes.

·      There’s nothing more satisfying than writing your first code and running it without errors.

·      Don’t worry if it’s not for you. Better to try, than not at all. You may find an element that can be applied in your current role. It make even spark an interest in another subject.

·      There’s a great selection of free or trial courses and material out there. If you’re not too sure on your new learning subject, this may be a great place to try first.

Summary

I’m always looking to upskill and develop in new sectors, however always seem to find barriers when thinking about doing a course. I’m glad I’ve taken the challenge and pushed myself.

I would say be brave, take this unique opportunity to build upon your current skillset, identify transferable skills or learn something completely new.

I’m looking to keep you updated on how it goes and the challenges I face along the way. It would be great to hear your examples on what’s worked for you.

With your newly acquired skills, why not join NDK InfoSec for our own webinar "Transferable skills in a growing cyber security market" on Friday 22nd May @2pm.

We’ve a lined up Industry experts that will give you an insight into how they got into Cyber and the opportunities in this sector.

Please get in touch: dean@ndkinfosec.co.uk or 02036 939 825

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