This week, Vivek
and I launched a Cloud Skilling challenge
for learning Elastic on Azure
. It reminded me of my time learning Hadoop in 2013, which helped me foray into Open source, big data, NoSQL, and eventually DevRel. It all started with that one
At that time, I’m neither actively working on Hadoop nor anticipate it, but did a paid course to learn it 😅 Continuous learning helps in many ways. Sometimes to improve your knowledge, or get a new job, or even make new friends!
In recent times, I’ve learned NextJS, TailwindCSS, Javalin, Github Actions, OpenTelemetry, and more. All of them helped in some way to improve my knowledge.
Many over-index on doing tech certifications. Even if you don’t get certified, it is ok, but gaining knowledge continuously by attending meetups, developer events, and participating in one community benefits you in the long run.
Most importantly, learning is democratized today than in 2013, with many folks creating excellent content. You can sit in Imphal, MN
, and learn from the instructor in Austin, TX
Overall, I believe skills do help in paying your bills.