What is Skillsharing and How it Can Help Your Career

Tips for Improving Your Skill Set

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Thanks to the Internet, skillsharing has become increasingly popular, allowing people to connect online or in their communities and exchange useful tips, valuable information, and invaluable skills.

So, you might be wondering how skillsharing can help your career. In an ever-competitive, ever-changing job market, your skill set is more important than ever.

What is Skillsharing?

According to its online definition, skillsharing is “when people share skills, which does not need any kind of institution and can happen in various ways.”

For example, if you are a freelance graphic designer who wants to learn social media marketing, you might agree to exchange design lessons for a tutorial in online marketing strategy.

The Benefits of Skillsharing

How can skillsharing help you? For example, if a news organization is deciding between two candidates with similar academic backgrounds and parallel work experience. If one person lists on their resume, “experienced with shooting video and highly skilled in Final Cut Pro,” and the other writes, “familiar with digital media,” who do you think will get the job?

Chances are, it’s the person who demonstrates – and can back up – a specific ability.  Not only is this considered an asset by a hiring manager, but, it saves the company the time and money it would take to train a new employee.

All in all, the more marketable skills you have, the higher chances you have of landing a job and getting promoted, especially in an economy where more and more employees are becoming “multitaskers” responsible for a myriad of different job aspects.

Here’s more on skillsharing and how you can use it to help your career.

Skillsharing Online

There are several ways to engage in skillsharing. If you’re strictly looking to add to your own skillset and don’t mind paying for classes, a website like Skillshare is your best bet.

There are classes in everything from typography to improving workflow productivity to video editing, and you can submit a proposition to sell your own skills.

What about skillsharing for free? A good place to start is NPO Connect as well as local skillshare platforms in your area.

Community Skillsharing

Since skillsharing is a relatively new phenomenon, there aren’t yet skillsharing groups in every part of the country. But, some major cities are organizing skillsharing exchanges.

For example, the Brooklyn Skillshare offers free community classes in a colorful, rotating range of topics, from cycling to Japanese bookbinding to Indian cooking.

In addition, the Somerville Skillshare organizes skillsharing events for curious Bostonians.

Search Google for "skillsharing" and the name of your city or town to find classes and events you can participate in, and people you can swap skills with.

How Much Does It Cost?

Skillsharing compensation depends entirely on the terms of agreement between two individuals or groups. 

Through a formal skillshare website, you might pay a fixed price for a set of online lessons or personalized coaching.

On the other hand, through a community skillshare forum, you might agree to a one-for-one skill swap; for example, you’d exchange a guitar lesson for an introduction to mobile app coding.

How to Get Started

Wondering where you can get involved in skillsharing in your own community?

MeetUp provides a good list of skillsharing groups around the country. Skillstreet is a free app you can download to use to connect with people to share your knowledge with and learn from.

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