#Episode50: Developing skills for the #TAOCast

June 17, 2019


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Best way to re-skill and retrain yourself. But before that. Welcome to work2dot0. In this episode, we talk about our talents and odds are shaping the future of work. We share the insights that we acquired from working with job seekers and recruiters using TAO for hiring. And we bring those insights are right to you. So we all could learn and have a conversation about the future.

So one of the really interesting things that we are seeing nowadays is we hear about it a lot. How to better retrain yourself. And even you are curious many ways that certain skills that are neighboring to yours, they’re radically new incoming. And people are getting great salaries are on that skill. They’re making good money and you’re always curious about how to go about that. And as if you are feeling the same, you’re not alone. Because right now what’s happening and what even we are seeing because of technology’s changing. There are lots of new skills that are emerging. The new skills that are emerging that we are seeing nowadays. We are seeing now I’m more and more trends that are emerging, more technologies every day we come across. And that makes our head spin on the other side. We even see that this new technology demands great.

Kind of a different kind of skillset and that really requires you to think that, hey, maybe I should retrain yourself. So what’s the problem? New skills out there you can take a course, take maybe Coursera, Udemy, all of these platforms. A lot of platforms out there today. Take a platform and just ingest the content and you are ready to go. What’s wrong with that? Everything is great. But then there’s another problem with that. So maybe if you have taken that course even you are facing that and to a certain degree, because most of the people that we talk to, they are facing this problem. So you have taken that course, but then it goes nowhere. You’re still trying for your job, not getting a job. No one knows you and think about it.

Why is that happening? So you have taken a content, you have passed that course, that certification, that credential. But then you have no one to vouch that you know that skill. And that’s where things get a bit tricky because although you put your 120% to learning that particular skill, you don’t have anyone any credibility when it comes to anyone who can vouch and who can actually see you in action. Oh, you haven’t seen you in action. And that is causing a lot of frustration because many times in our industry we talk, so big data is a big thing. Data analytics is a big thing. Ai is a big thing. And we meet lots of individuals who have taken one course here, a course or a Stanford course and they say, I’ve done this course and I’m finding no job what to do about.

And that is where the problem lies because they have not worked on real work problems. They can’t understand or they have less understanding of how these actions are taking place. And when you talk to these individuals, and some of you are maybe listening to this conversation. Some of these individuals, they are working with interesting companies with interesting data challenges. And when you ask them, Hey, have you tried working on your stuff in your company? And this turns them somehow. And that’s the problem. So the problem is all do you have a theoretical knowledge of something you have not put an effort to gain a particular aspect of the practical aspect of that particular knowledge. And that is what the missing block is. So the solution is not that difficult. It is just that you understand that when you acquired a new skill or new knowledge. And this particular trend applies to almost every skill. Whether its skill A or skill B. Whether it’s a coal miner trying to get to find a green job, whether it’s an artist trying to look for a data scientist job.

It’s the same thing. So you need to take a course, get some idea what’s going on. But then what next? Just taking a course doesn’t qualify you to get that particular job on that particular skill. So how to build their skill. What are some of the best ways to do that? And I think we have been talking about this to lots of people that we interact with. We’re looking for a job and we’re trying to upgrade their careers. So volunteer, barter. And friends you don’t realize that barter is such an underutilized thing in the professional world. But actually it is the first transaction that happened in the business world when there was no money. Or you do something for me and I’ll do something for you in return. And then certainly the money came and we all know that say the story behind the money. But barter was the first way to transact where we both can exchange our services and we both can get benefit from each other.

Why are we not using that in our career builder and building our career? Why is that not something that we want to experiment on? A definitely like we even, we hear a lot of excuses from people that we talk to, Hey, my company doesn’t have these cutting edge. They’re very old school. They don’t look at this new thing. That particular company’s doing that thing in a beautiful way, but they don’t give me a call. My friends, whether you like it or not. But they’re a lot more people who are actually way ahead of you when it comes to attaining that experience. Nonprofits, other startups, small companies, mid-sized companies. Some individual was struggling with this particular problem. Meetups, there are a bunch of people who are suffering from the same problem. But you should really put a lot of emphasis on how you can work on a real-world problem to use that skill that you’ve acquired.

Because number one, that will give you a very critical, practical insight on how that particular skill is translating to value that businesses are using. Number two, it helps build your street credibility that hey, you have really worked on this thing. And number three, it gives you some understanding of what’s going on. Now, one thing that we do see many times is that people actually work in the say what’s in it for me. That’s another thing that you need to understand. When you say I’m working on something and working on some particular aspect, you are not just working and giving all the services. You are actually helping the other party and this applies to both the parties, but you can control you. So you should give 70% of your, whatever you’re working on should benefit the other party and 30% of it should benefit you.

Now how would that help you? That would help you because then you can use that knowledge in providing real help. The moment you say that most of the most of my effort should account for your help helping you, then you suddenly become empathetic to someone else’s problem. Suddenly you really appreciate what’s going on. And then you try to do your best in using and helping out the others. And that is where most of the value that you would generate would be actually be utilized and unhelpful for. So what would you do? You just go out, look for helping someone and from there on provide as much value as you can. And that actually fills the void that is left just by ingesting any particular content. By just going through and taking a course in any mood program or taking any executive training, unless you see it in action, it won’t help.

And they are a lot of avenues, a lot of outlets out there who are starving for good talent, who can barter their hours and provide value to these companies. And you would be really, really learn to learn a lot in that experience. So that’s the easiest hack for all of you to follow on. So call to action. If you are learning something new, you’re already too late, but get on that bandwagon. Talk to a few businesses, few companies, and few nonprofits and barter your services. Barter your hours, and see what you are learning the skill that you’re learning. See it in action, work on real projects. Don’t work on cookie-cutter, one size fits all project. That’s not going to help. Work on real-world problems. And find out why that problem exists, to begin with, and how you can solve that. And that will really help you get to your magic talent soon enough. So with that being said, thank you, everyone. And if you like what you’re listening, subscribe and share. Thank you so much. Until the next episode. Stay hungry and stay curious.


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