Developer skills

JAVASCRIPT

JavaScript is the most widespread language among all. JavaScript is a programming language that allows you to create dynamically updated content, multimedia, animated images, it’s just about anything front-end. Well, maybe not everything, but you can do a lot of things with a few lines of JavaScript.

Whenever you visit a website with interactive content, 2D / 3D animation, scrolling down menus, maps, etc … there’s a good chance that JavaScript is involved. JavaScript helps to create the third layer of standard web technologies, on top of the well-known first two: HTML and CSS. Providing the foundation of more than 95% of all the websites, this programming language is used by more than 80% of developers. A lot of popular jobs for Java developers include web developer, full-stack developer, and front-end developer.

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HTML

HTML stands for “HyperText Markup Language”. It allows you to compose web pages and it is used by all web browsers: Firefox, Safari, Chrome and Explorer (but who uses this one anyway?). It’s important to state that HTML is a markup language, not a programming language, because the purpose of HTML is to frame the various elements of the page images, titles, paragraphs and so on… HTML is there to make sure that search engines such as Bing, Google or Yahoo find your website based on relevant searches.

Nowadays, it is commonly used along with JavaScript and CSS to give web pages the look and the feel we desire. It is an easy language to learn for freelancers. The advantage of HTML is that it can be improved over time by adding new functions. Don’t be afraid to learn HTML, the learning curve of this language is pretty quick: you can start building websites in just a few weeks!

There are lots of job opportunities related to HTML such as a Web Developer and Software Developer. But don’t be fooled you have to be adaptive and extend your skill set in order to get the best opportunities. HTML is a good base if you want to learn PHP, .NET, CSS, AJAX and JavaScript in the future.

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PYTHON

Python is an open source programming language created by Guido van Rossum in 1991. It is named after Monty Python’s Flying Circus. It started as a way to automate script elements and create application prototypes. In recent years, however, this programming language has become one of the most used in the field of software development, infrastructure management and data analysis. It is a driving force behind the explosion of Big Data and is one of the most popular programming languages in 2019.

It is an interpreted language, which does not need to be compiled to work; you can run Python code on any computer. This allows to quickly see the results of a change in the code. On the other hand, this makes this language slower to compile. As a high-level programming language, Python allows programmers to focus on what they want to do rather than how they do it.

Python is an ideal language for beginners. More efficient than Java and quick performance oriented, this programming language is used by big companies like Yahoo or Microsoft. The rising demand for Data Scientists and Machine Learning Developers are making this language one of the hottest programming languages right now.

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SQL

Why learning SQL is as important as learning English? SQL is the language used to make queries in your database. If you agree that marketing without data is like driving with your eyes closed, you cannot underestimate the value of SQL. The main advantage of this language is its portability, knowing SQL will enable you to interact with all sorts of databases. Made easy to learn and deploy, SQL is not a language reserved for developer and is now a strong asset on your CV.

To summarize, SQL will allow you to manage your database and its relation to the rest of your software. Is database management essential for every business? Ok, let’s say you want to analyze your sales of the last month for all your 35 years old female customers wearing purple shoes. Your database can give you that exact number (maybe not purple shoes factor, but who is wearing purple shoes in 2019 anyway?) and SQL is the skill you need to get these numbers straight.

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DATA ANALYSIS

If you followed our advice, you are now an SQL master by now. Is your database an open book to you? Well, is it really worth it to learn what to do with the data you gather?

Data analysis the stepping stone of research that leads to concrete strategic actions. Gathering the right data and exploiting it is crucial when it comes to analytics-based decisions. Acquiring the right skills will allow you to properly handle your analysis to make the best decisions. A great range of techniques exists to exploit your data, find patterns and use statistical methods to analyze it.

If you are still skeptical whether or not you should enroll, imagine yourself trying to get a 500K$ loan for your fantastic business without providing the bank with any sales predictions. Do you think they’d tell you “hell yeah“? We’ll let you find out the answer by yourself.

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SCRUM

Agile and SCRUM are two trendy skills mentioned during a job interview. However, there’s a huge difference between these two. In fact, while SCRUM is one way to implement Agile project management, many other frameworks exist.

Agile is a way to approach project management focused on prioritizing the task based on the timeline and the budget. SCRUM is a framework to apply Agile project management. Developed by Jeff Sutherland in the 90’, it’s the most widespread Agile methodology for which there is a regularly updated guide, in order to make the framework accurate for all your projects.

Learn SCRUM to address complex problems, and productively deliver the highest possible value products. You can even get a SCRUM Master certification but no experience is required to start.

SCRUM is not only for developers and IT product engineers, but it can also be implemented for all projects that involve a product release. Then SCRUM will help to optimize your project whether you are a developer, a marketer or a designer.

What is Agile then? Agile is a process that helps teams provide quick responses to the feedback they receive on their project. It creates opportunities to assess a project’s direction during the development cycle. Imagine your friends asked you to do the groceries for the Friday tacos party. You have a 50$ budget and everything should be ready by for 8 PM. For sure, these green tortillas they bough look fun but they are way more expensive than the regular ones and they take 1h to warm up. If you are using Agile, it will rate tortilla color as less valuable criteria and postpone this to the end of your shopping to see if you still have the budget and the time for it. If you are not using Agile, you will end up buying green tortillas the second you see them on sale This would result in overspending cold tacos and a party without friends.

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Design skills

GRAPHIC DESIGN

All Graphic Designers know Photoshop and Illustrator, which are indeed the most popular on the market. However, there are alternatives for you to learn in order to boost your Resume!

One of the best alternatives is Sketch. Only available on macOS at the moment, this software was created in 2010 by a Dutch company called Bohemian Coding, bagging the Apple Design Award in 2012. As the name implies, the principle of Sketch is simple: it allows you to quickly draw, design mockups (UI/UX oriented) for Apps and even pair it with coding apps. As any IOS focused app, Sketch is relatively easy to use for beginners and is starting to gain popularity among designers. Constant updates that Bohemian Coding is famous for is one of the best advantages of Sketch compared to Adobe Suite.

However, if you are not an Apple fan (and it’s perfectly ok!), Adobe XD is optimized for both PC and MAC. Allowing you to share your projects among your peers easily, Adobe XD is a vector-based software which allows you to create websites and app prototypes quickly. This tool is easier to use than Photoshop and Illustrator and it’s available in the same Suite, thanks to the integration of UI kits. A perfect way for beginners to learn and get the most of it faster!

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Marketing skills

SEO

You have most likely heard of SEO. Everyone is hyped up about it, yet few people actually understand what it means. SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization, and it has become essential nowadays. Why? Because SEO is key when it comes to getting a good amount of traffic to the website.

You can imagine a search engine (Google, Yahoo!, Bing, etc.) as a wise person. You ask questions, and the search engine answers immediately by displaying a list of links to web pages that contain the answer you seek. This is when SE comes in handy. When submitting your search request, Google will gather all the information based on the content available online. All this information is indexed by an algorithm to match your query. This was for the SE part of SEO.

Now let’s talk about the optimization! The optimization is for content creators. The goal here to write content as relevant as possible, so the website will be displayed on the most search results, so people will find the content they are looking for. From meta descriptions to title tags, everything has to be optimized. The importance of SEO is not to be underestimated, with the internet being packed with all kinds of web pages. Companies are struggling to reach more consumers and to get good quality organic traffic.

Good SEO means traffic, trust and growth for your business, it would be a shame to not develop that skill!

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