Master an In-Demand Tech Skill in Just 3-6 Months of Learning.

Master an In-Demand Tech Skill in Just 3-6 Months of Learning.

What if I told you that you could learn an in-demand tech skill that usually takes people years to master (in a school spending thousands of dollars!) in just 3-6 months? What if I said that you can not only pick this skill, but also hope to get hired for it in the time? Would you believe me? Well, you better do.

The post Covid-19 world has left most people in a bit of lurch highlighting just how unpredictable the economy can be. It has also accelerated our movement to a more virtual way of working – a world where demand for tech skills will not just continue to soar, but will be a necessity. 

Whether you’re just starting out or are interested in changing the direction of your career,  whether you are trying to beef up your resume or  looking to pick up a new skill, going the tech route is a smart idea with a plethora of career options to choose from.

If you are interested in exploring this path, we have prepared a quick list of the skills that you can hope to master in the next 6 months, no elaborate preparations or qualifications necessary. We recommend you choose one (or a couple) of these skills to start with, and build your skill stack from there, picking more to learn as and when you feel comfortable. 

Before making your first move though, we recommend taking a quick self-assessment to ascertain where your interest might lay. Technology is a broad arena, with something in it for everyone, and if you aren’t sure which area would work best for you, take this free self assessment to find out. 

Learn HTML and CSS

Then, once you are done, we recommend that you spend the first couple of months learning HTML(Hypertext Markup Language) and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) – two programming languages that will enable you to build a website from scratch. HTML and CSS are not only easy to learn, but they will also provide you a gentle introduction to coding.

What’s more, these two skills alone also put you in position to start doing your first, paid, side hustle work in tech. 

Learn Front End Javascript

Once you have mastered HTML/CSS and are ready to do more, we recommend learning Javascript, a coding language that makes websites interactive. Javascript is a good language to pick for two reasons – one, it requires no additional installation, and two, learning it will help you build on your HTML and CSS website. 

JavaScript coding is sometimes called front-end development, because JavaScripts are run on a user’s computer. What’s more, knowing the three languages are extremely versatile, which means that no matter the journey you take in your tech career, they will come in handy! 

Learn Back End Development

The last piece of becoming a good coder, and by extension, having a solid skill set in web development is back end development. If you can create a website, and can write both front-end and back end scripts, you’ll be a complete coder. 

PHP is the most popular coding language for back-end development. In more recent times, Ruby on Rails has emerged as a bit of a competitor to PHP. Then, there is also SQL (Structured Query Language), the most widely implemented database language, used for ‘operating’ on the conventional database. Along with Node.js, an open source Javascript framework, it unifies web-application development around a single programming language, making it a useful language to learn.

Working at your own pace, these skills will likely take you 6 months to master, from where you can start applying to opportunities by creating a portfolio of your work. If you want to pick them up quicker, and would also love support in getting meaningful opportunities in it, we recommend you check out Mission Ready’s Full Stack Developer Accelerator where hands-on experience and industry training will ensure you become a certified developer with perhaps a job offer at the end in three months. 

From here on, the world, as the adage goes, is your oyster. Equipped with the basics of development – you can go in exciting new directions, from data analysis to design, as you continue to add skills to your repertoire.