If Machine Learning and Cloud Computing sound scary, you are not alone. Combined with daily developments in Artificial Intelligence (AI), there will be rapid changes in the skills we need and no longer need in the Canadian economy. But it’s more likely that your skill set will be replaced by someone who can operate these tools rather than the tools themselves. That’s why Amazon is stepping in to help Canadians develop these in-demand tech skills.
When you think about Amazon, you think about online shopping. The retail giant has built quite a name for itself in this space. Behind the scenes, Amazon Web Services (AWS) helps power the Internet by offering cloud computing services that help distribute the load for various web apps worldwide. This includes services that use machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI).
AWS is doing their part to ensure that the growing demand for tech skills in Canada is met by offering FREE courses to inspire people of all ages. Here are some of the ways you can access them today.
One way you can upgrade your skills is by going back to school. There are a lot of traditional paths you can take through a college or university. But the rapid pace of change can make the certificate, diploma, or degree you seek, and the time it takes to earn it, daunting.
Games are among the most engaging ways for young and older adults to learn. Some of the most engaged casual gamers are in their 40s and 50s. So, if you play Tetris or Candy Crush, or if you’re like me, Age of Empires, you can call yourself a gamer, too.
Games teach your brain new ways of doing things and solving problems. They create new pathways that connect to other experiences. With the right skill-building and guidance, they can become powerful tools in today’s workforce. AWS has invested in the following games and learning tools you can use today to start working those learning muscles.
AWS DeepRacer (Above) – Appealing to a wide range of learners, especially beginners, the path to programming starts with developing tiny autonomous vehicles. But do not be fooled by the simplicity. You develop advanced Machine Learning techniques by competing in races with your creations. With an emphasis on playing and experimenting, AWS DeepRacer has cultivated an entire community that runs leagues that compete for prizes and award scholarships.
AWS CloudQuest (Above) – It’s a 3D world full of puzzles that help you develop practical cloud computing skills. Game elements like zapping drones, befriending pets, and puzzle-solving skills help you build and practice with the cloud computing skills in your tool kit. The open-world nature of the game lets your creativity run wild, while the underlying role-playing game enables you to go on quests that test your application of concepts and skills you’ve learned. You’ll have so much fun you’ll forget you’re learning!
AWS Skill Builder – For those looking for a more traditional learning path, Skill Builder provides access to over 500 FREE on-demand digital courses. Their quick and easy access helps you work through the material in shorter bursts, keeping you engaged. Learning plans are easy to follow, and you can always take your time working through the on-demand course.
If you already have a degree or diploma, there can be many ways to upgrade them with today’s relevant tech skills. Short courses that offer short courses that provide micro-credentials are designed to build upon and complement your existing skills. Many post-secondary institutions offer these industry-recognized certifications, which 64% of employers see as a valuable sign of continuous learning when looking for new employees.
Hiring the right employees is a considerable challenge for many organizations. Add the cost of onboarding and training; it’s no wonder many companies would rather keep their current workers. One way they do that is by offering courses to help increase the digital skills of their employees.
AWS works with companies like BMO, SunLife and more to offer custom courses developed around cloud computing and other digital skills. It’s worth asking if these courses are available, and in some cases, employers may even pay you to upgrade those valuable digital skills.
With so many employers looking for employees who stand out, a new set of cloud computing and machine learning skills might be the way to do that. Update your offline and online resumes on job sites to help you track and catalogue your newly upgraded tool kit. Please attend networking events to learn about new opportunities, where to find them, and who to talk to. Your new dream job in tech might be looking for you. Good luck!