It’s been a strange couple of decades. We went from an insane job market in the late nineties, where just about anyone coming out of college was guaranteed a good paying job, to now, the early teens where many young people are wondering if it’s even worth it to go to college.
How far will an MBA get you? Does going to law school really lead to a dead end job? And what about all those Liberal Arts /Humanities types? What are they really qualified for?
It’s no longer enough to have the 8-1/2 x 11 that says you went through the paces. You must have other skills. Computer skills are simply just a given now. We’re not asked, “Can you type?” It’s more like, “Can you use Microsoft Office?”
But it’s the other higher skills employers are really looking for. Do you know how to use Adobe products? Can you integrate Social Media? Do you know how to code?
That last one is starting to become more and more essential. Coding is no longer left to the archetypal geeks. It’ beginning to be essential for anyone that does work online. The more languages you know, (HTML, JAVA, PHP, C++) the more valuable you become in the workplace. Hmm…maybe that time in language school was well spent.
Our friends at Mashable put up this great info-graphic on the subject with some even greater resources to pick up some of those skills. If your wondering which direction to go in the new job market this is a good place to start. But, I feel the need to put in a disclaimer. The info-graphic is presented by OnlineCollege.org, a place where one can find a plethora of for profit schools that “will help to enhance your career or change your profession more conveniently than ever.” Hmm…
So now we must learn to code (for real). O.K. I’m game. Like most of my computer skills I will pick it up as I go along. But to stay ahead of the game, I’ll be looking for the next skill we all need to know as well. Otherwise I won’t be any better than the next gal.
Of course, as with any step we all take together to have that edge in the job market, it could be that in a few years time knowing how to code will be as ubiquitous as knowing how to do desk top publishing. It will be beneficial to the early adopters, but then just another thing that everyone knows how to do. It’s a happy consequence of equality when climbing the computer evolutionary ladder.
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