5 in-demand tech skills, and how you can start learning them today
Break into the lucrative world of tech with training you can do anywhere.
- Train up in tech sectors where employers are hiring in 2020.
- The training includes AI and machine learning, blockchaining, cybersecurity and more.
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The internet never sleeps. That's why every year is marked by the emergence of new technologies and new fields of expansion that create new ways of thinking—and a demand for new blood to start exploring those new fields.
No matter which of these growing tech opportunities strike your interest, here are five incredibly valuable tech-based skill sets that can set you up to make 2020 a truly historic year for your professional growth.
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Builders and tinkerers, this package is for you. Over these nine courses, you'll be introduced to dozens of projects using Arduino components, the Raspberry Pi micro-computer, Bluetooth connectivity and more to build loads of tech items. Web-driven devices, your own aeroponics system and measurement sensors are just the tip of the iceberg with this wide-ranging bundle of training.
Blockchaining is the future of digital information. From Bitcoin to data mining to decentralized computer networks, this 10-course package explains what blockchaining is, its wide-ranging uses across different industries and how to create an Ethereum blockchain project of your own. The training also digs deep into cryptocurrencies to help you understand this emerging financial powerhouse.
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Tech is rising and America's middle class is vanishing. Here's what to do.
- The rise of new technologies is making the United States more economically unequal, says Professor Ramesh Srinivasan. Americans should be pushing the current presidential candidates hard for answers on how they will bring economic security and how they will ensure that technological transitions benefit all of us.
- "We are at an inflection point when it comes to top-down control over very many different aspects of our lives through privatized corporate power over technology," says Srinivasan. Now is the time to debate solutions like basic income and worker-owned cooperatives.
- Concurrently, individuals should develop digital literacy and get educated on the potential solutions. Srinivasan recommends taking free online and open courses from universities like Stanford and MIT, and reading books and quality journalism on these issues.
Distraction at work is a symptom of cultural dysfunction, not a symptom of technology, as many people claim.
- After hearing so many people blame email and Slack as causes of distraction in the workplace, Nir Eyal went to the Slack offices and discovered it to be a focus-driven office with excellent work-life boundaries. Tech isn't the problem, he concluded. The root cause of workplace distraction is cultural dysfunction.
- Companies that have a healthy workplace culture create psychological safety for their employees to voice concerns and complaints. When issues can be resolved—without fear of punishment—employees are able to return to work rather than sit and seethe.
- Importantly, leaders must also model indistractibility by giving undivided attention to people in meetings and not working 24/7, which Eyal describes as a "terrible" cycle of reaction. Reacting to emails and meetings all day long doesn't give people the time to be reflective—to focus and do their best work.
These three tactics will help you focus on the task at hand.
- Technology and devices aren't inherently distracting, says behavioral design expert Nir Eyal. Distraction comes from internal triggers of discomfort.
- So, the answer to avoiding distraction isn't a total digital detox, but instead developing healthy ways of identifying and coping with these internal triggers.
- Eyal points to three main strategies: reimagining the trigger as a sensation of curiosity, reimagining the task itself, and avoiding self-limiting beliefs regarding your temperament.
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