“Oh, get a job? Just get a job? Why don’t I strap on my job helmet and squeeze down into a job cannon and fire off into job land, where jobs grow on jobbies?!” –Charlie Kelly from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
Everyone rides the emotional roller-coaster of job hunting and the ride…well, it’s not fun. Today’s job market can be really tough and the qualities that a prospective employer are looking are a mystery. Especially when we dream of working for companies such as Apple, Google, or Microsoft. That’s why it’s imperative to prepare and develop yourself through building up your skill set. The harsh reality is that tech companies aren’t looking for prestigious schools or high GPAs, but skills that bring value to their workplace. Technology-related skills such as programming languages and software usage aren’t only accessible to students of educational institutions, but can be accessed right at the comfort of your own home.
Treehouse is an online learning platform that offers beginner and advanced courses related to technology and business topics such as web design, mobile app development, and more. In each track, an instructor goes over projects and tutorials via videos and quizzes are given throughout the track to reinforce key concepts. As a Digital Service Assistant, I had the pleasure of instructing a HTML and CSS coding program using Treehouse which had helped a patron understand HTML code in her current job.
The Niles-Maine District Library now offers free Treehouse accounts to the Niles library cardholders. You can obtain an account by filling out a form here. A two-week period of inactivity will disable your account, but you are able to submit another request for an account to reopen it.