Learning multiple skill sets at one time
# February 24, 2013 at 10:53 am
I am curious when others are learning a new skill set do you maintain or attempt to maintain pace with existing skill sets you already have. Or do you take a gamble, let them fall by the waist side and attempt to catch up later down the line.
For example my day job relies heavily on SEO so I am always trying to keep up with SEO trends. But in my free time I am teaching myself to program. I find I flip between the two but nothing solid ever comes from either…# February 24, 2013 at 11:27 am
Do you want to be a jack of all trades or a master of one?
Basically once I have JS down, I’ll just be spending all my time with HTML/CSS/JS and a little dash of PHP. I can’t learn everything, so anything beyond those, I get someone else to do!
I’d rather be an expert in those 3 than forget parts or struggle to balance my knowledge of more languages like Ruby or whatever.# February 24, 2013 at 11:46 am
Pretty much the same as @AndyHowells but with a little more PHP, enough PHP for the front-end and being able to at least understand what’s going on in the backend.
I think it’s hilarious when you see job adverts like:
design experience would be a bonus# February 24, 2013 at 2:23 pm
Fake it till you make it. Seriously. The best thing I did when I started Unleash was to literally just say yes to everything.
It meant I was constantly challenged and having to learn by doing, nothing motivates more than a deadline!
Also, if you want to code, get a designer. Whether it’s a graphic freelancer or in house, it means you’re not designing to your skill set, or restricting your designs based on what you think you can do. That way when the design comes in you’ve got no choice but to stretch yourself and scramble to get it sorted!# February 25, 2013 at 3:30 pm
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So yeah, I understand your problem :)
/not being helpful# February 25, 2013 at 4:02 pm
> [SEO & Coding]… I find I flip between the two but nothing solid ever comes from either…
The two are different genres of work.
If you know programming, it’s easier to apply those skills sets to another language because most programming languages are alike.
You can allocate some (15 min) daily to stay up to date on previous stuff you know. And dedicate more time to new skills. I think hardest thing is to learn how to manage your time. Especially, if you have two kids like me…. :)
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