Skillcrush Founder, Adda Birnir, talks about creating new career paths, even if you have zero technical experience to start with.
Successful career pivots leverage a strength or skill that you already have.
Still, you will likely discover the need to learn a new skill to complement what you already know. For example, if you’re looking to start a business on the side, you may find that you’ll need training on foundation business skills.
Sometimes, you’ll want to learn a new core skill altogether to position you for new opportunities or to enter a new field of work.
Having to learn new skills is often a stumbling block for many who are looking to make a career move. They think of expensive courses and long nights and weekends to complete a new degree or program.
Fortunately for us, we now live in a time when learning opportunities are plenty. But as my guest today, Adda Birnir points out, you still have to know what’s available and you have to know to look for it.
Don’t let the fact that you don’t have prior experience be a deterrent. —Adda Birnir
Adda and the company she founded, Skillcrush, aim to help women who are looking to learn technical skills to find new career paths in the tech world.
In this episode, Adda talks about what Skillcrush is and how it helps women with their career goals. She also talks about why, of all the new skills one can learn, she decided to focus the company on teaching technical skills.
And as with most entrepreneurs that I’ve talked to, Adda didn’t originally set out to build a company. It wasn’t her career goal. In our chat, Adda also shares her career journey and how she ended up starting not one but two companies along the way.
Highlights of Episode 43
- Why Adda Birnir believes learning technical skills positions you for career growth in the new economy
- The only qualification you need to learn digital and technical skills
- Adda’s path to entrepreneurship
- Adda’s advice for aspiring freelancers and business owners based on her experience
- How Adda and her team ensured that Skillcrush met their client’s real needs
Mentioned in this episode
Inspired: How to Create Tech Products Customer Love by Marty Cagan* (book recommendation)
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