Inspired By Design
Brave Achievers Foundation is a non-profit that offers free technical skills training to talented people marginalized by the fund, race, and social status. By targeting this demographic, Brave Achievers is giving them a vital chance at starting a career in tech.
Brave Achievers Foundation is led by Pamela Olomola, a seasoned UX professional inspired to transform lives through the Foundation’s mindset reskilling Bootcamp (christened Go Create USA Bootcamp).
The new way to Learn – Go Create USA
When there are conversations about learning, it is usually a clash between the traditional way of learning which cut across colleges, and/or degree-awarding institutions. And the modern way of learning – skill-focused learning. This form of learning refers to in-demand learning skills and learning sought-after qualities or traits that companies want to find in a prospective employee.
Companies have never been excited about the modern way of learning, but then, the pandemic happened, and remote work became the next big thing for work. Workplace upskilling that was at a 14% increase in 2019 jumped to 38% in 2020. Today, organizations, businesses, are now intentional about skill-focused training.
Sponsors could be key to solving Tech’s diversity gap
The tech industry has had a challenge with diversity and inclusion for a long time now. While some companies have begun making their teams diverse, the progress is extremely slow. According to TechCrunch, only 26% of women – and even fewer Hispanic (2%) and Black American (3%) women – are currently in the tech workforce.
Sponsors could play a role in bridging this gap.
How companies can resolve the skill gap in tech with funded skill training
Technology today has been so intricately automated into work that it is now difficult to keep up with its demand. The skill gap in tech is no news – tech workers can be confused on how to navigate certain tasks using optimized tools. Sometimes there are not enough trained professionals to fill in available automation management positions. This skills gap is a money pit that costs the U.S. economy about $1 trillion a year in lost productivity according to Entrepreneur. Worse, as technology continue to change everything so fast, this gap worsens.
A few companies are adjusting to this new way of work, but many are yet to fully understand it. Understanding the skill gap is the first step in resolving its effects. The skill gap has been an ongoing discussion and to understand a concept that continues to change over time, it is best to begin at the beginning.
3 ways tech talents can be inspired to excel in tech
It is one thing to have talent, and another to excel with it. Cxlead.com in an article published in 2020, asserts that there is an estimated 289% increase in request for UX interviews. That with over 4 billion internet users, 4 million mobile apps, and 1.74 billion websites, the skills of a UX designer are in high demand.
Tech is dynamic, and as we continue to adopt new ways of doing things, tech grows, and so also new positions and fields in tech that require competent people to fill increases. Hence, the skill gap in tech.
There is a growing need for more hands in tech, and this skill gap can be bridged through conscious efforts to inspire tech talents to observe, learn and grow in tech.
Inspire the next tech talent
Inspiration is core essence of life. We always hope for assistance whether in cash or in kind to attain that level we so desire. And no act of kindness no matter how small, is ever wasted. Everyone can use a little help always.
You can be an inspiration to tech talents who today are probably behind the counter in a store, mowing the lawn, or washing a car at a carwash, mourning the fact that while they have an affinity for technology, they have no training in the field nor enough resources to fund their training.
You can change their reality by donating to our initiative – the Go Create USA by Brave Achievers Foundation. This initiative offers a free tech design bootcamp training and mentoring for people in the USA.
Everyone wants to have the feeling of job security because it is no fun when one is job hunting. To lockdown that position you want so badly, you need to be the kind of employee that your leader or boss is so crazy about. You need to be a valuable team member as well.
For this to happen, you have to be more than simply good at your job; you must be exceptional. This exceptionality will also boost your career.
[Updated for 2021] The 5 stages in design thinking.
Design thinking is a non-linear process in which we seek to understand the user. Teams use this iterative process to access challenges, proffer assumptions, redefine problems and create innovative solutions.
Design thinking is an ideology that opines that problems should be resolved from a human-centered perspective.