Learning & Development resources for tech talent during COVID-19

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It’s a very uncertain time. No one knows what the future will look like and many of us find ourselves with more time on our hands. It’s the perfect time to arm ourselves with new knowledge, plus, it will inject something different into your days. 

There are many ways to develop your skills, but we recommend:

  1. Surrounding yourself with the subject you’re learning.
  2. Use resources, such as, podcasts, webinars, videos, books/eBooks and guides/reports.
  3. Putting your new skills into action.

Not only will developing your skills give you food for thought, it will also help you to keep ahead of your competition. The technology industry moves at such a fast pace that the only way to keep ahead of the game is to continuously develop your skills.

The sectors which will provide jobs of the future, include:

  1. AI and ML
  2. Business analytics and Data Science
  3. Cloud computing
  4. Cybersecurity
  5. Full stack development

If you wanted to get into any of these areas, take a look at our guide on technology trends for 2020 where you’ll find the highest in demand job roles, the technology segment they sit in, the skills you’ll need to get into them and real life job ad examples from some of the biggest tech companies.

What are the best methods to upskill?

Online courses

You may have heard of massive online courses or MOOCs, which are free online courses, available to everyone. Browsing the term ‘technology’ will give you thousands of options to browse through if you’re looking for inspiration.

Many are following suit, including the UK Government, LinkedIn Learning and the Ivy League, all offering online courses on mass.*

Webinars and online meetups

A great way of learning something new and extending your network is to attend events. Now, this isn’t an option right now, but online events are everywhere.

Because they are so popular you can find events for just about anything, you can even go to just network. Networking will extend your peer network but will also provide socialising opportunities that many of us are missing right now.

Our top picks for finding technology based webinars, coffee mornings and meetups are found on Meetup, Eventbrite and Gartner. *

Explore online resources

Whether you’ve picked your topic or are still looking for inspiration, online resources are great for digging deep for information on just about anything. Some of the avenues worth exploring include watching YouTube videos, TED talks and finding technology related podcasts.

You can also find lots of useful resources on our website which will help to guide you through, including:

Once you’ve got some knowledge under your belt, why not put it to the test and work on a collaborative project through an online hackathon?

If you’d like some personal advice on the learning that might help develop your career then please get in touch.

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