Top Skills In Demand in 2018: Part 1
The only thing that’ll give you increasing returns over time is investing your time, money and effort in building new skills. And, no time is a bad time to do so. You don’t have to be making a career change, starting a business or going freelance to pick up some in-demand skills.
Even if you’re killing it in your dream job, learning new skills will only increase your value as an employee and your productivity at work. So here’s a list of the top hard and soft skills that are in demand this year and a list of resources to get started on the journey towards your dream career.
Data Mining and Analysis
There is no doubt that this is the age of data. It is estimated that by 2022, almost 60% of all organisations will increase the number of positions requiring data analysis skills. And, within the next ten years, one in 3 jobs around the world will involve contact with smart machines, software and even robots. So businesses are starting to realise how powerful data is to arrive at the right decisions, in all fields of the business, be it marketing, technology, sales, engineering or product development.
Start here: Take a look at this article about free online courses you could take to kick-start your journey in Data Mining and Analysis.
One of the most sought-after and talked-about fields in the last 5-7 years, UX Design involves designing solutions to solve real user problems and make the experience of using a product better. Companies are now looking at a good user experience as a big point of differentiation and the demand for UX Designers have almost rocketed in the past two years.
Start here: Take a look at this article about free online courses you could take to kick-start your journey in UX Design. Or, reach out to our co-founder, Lucie, on our platform and learn more about the UX Design course the company she works for offers.
Web and Mobile Development
With the rise in the number of mobile apps and improvements in technologies like the Internet of Things, the demand for web and mobile developers are only increasing. Developers fluent in programming languages like Java, HTML5, C++, Python and Swift are currently in huge demand. The good thing about being a developer is that you can work pretty much anywhere in the world and also from anywhere in the world.
Start here: Take a look at this article about free online courses you could take to kick-start your journey in web and mobile development.
As this is the era of digital transformation, online marketers are always in demand. And, the great advantage that this group of professionals have is that their skills are easily transferable across any industry or product. The skills in digital marketing to brush up on in 2018 are content creation and curation, social media strategy and tools, marketing technology knowledge, SEO and analytics.
Start here: Take a look at this article about free online courses you could take to kick-start your journey in digital marketing.
Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
This has been the year of AI. Businesses are only just realizing the true potential of AI and it is a very short-staffed industry. A study by career site Indeed.com found that AI job posting grew by 32% over the last one year. The companies who posted the highest share of jobs were Amazon, KPMG, Microsoft and Apple. So at this stage, there’s no need to be scared that AI tech will take away our jobs, instead, it is only creating more and more opportunities for engineers and machine learning specialists.
Start here: Take a look at this article about free online courses you could take to kick-start your journey in AI and Machine Learning.
Ready to brush up your skills for the year?
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