An Update from Skillit

Hi everyone! 

First, thank you for being a part of the Skillit community. We want you to know that, as a community member, your health and well-being is our top priority.   

These are unprecedented times and, now, more than ever, coming together and finding support, togetherness and connection matters.  

Here is what Skillit is doing: 

  1. All in-person Skillit experiences will be moved to Summer 2020. 

  2. Makers can continue to create their profiles and in-person Skillits that commence at a later date. We know that there will be an increased longing for experiences, human connections and overall in-person interaction when social distancing ends.

  3. Until then, Skillit is going virtual with SkillitLive. Over the next week, we are working quickly with our team and our Makers (the skilled experts) to create Skillits (workshops, lessons, classes, 1-1 or 1 to many) to be taught online, in real-time and on-demand.  

Cook with an Indian chef , learn how to work remotely, learn how to do your taxes, plan for retirement, plant a garden at home, or learn how to code in real-time virtually.   There options are endless! 

Some Ways You Can Participate: 

  • Help teach a skill virtually - Sign up as a Maker! You can sign-up, learn more about becoming a maker here and connect with us at info@myskillit.com.  Earn money or teach for free. Connect with others and build a community all from the comfort of your home.  All Skillits are commission free - so if you charge a fee that means you keep 100% of the money you make. 
  • Learn something new online - We know you’re bored of binge-watching Netflix - so use 30 minutes and learn something fun and connect with a real human from your home. Sign up as a Dreamer and acquire a new skill today!

  • Spread the word  - know someone who could use the extra money or is looking to fill their time, send them to our website or share our social media updates (@myskillit).

Stay Healthy 

For ongoing updates and tips to stay healthy, please follow all the guidelines listed on the Government of Canada Website addressing COVID-19 prevention and risks. This is serious, and should not be taken lightly. 

We understand that this can be a stressful time for many. If you would like to speak with someone from the Skillit Team for any reason, please reach out to info@myskillit.com.

Take care,

Sarah Katyal and Zahra Al-Harazi
Co-Founders

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How To Find the Best Person to Teach You a Skill

On Skillit, you have access to endless skills, so people often ask: “Who is the best person to teach me a skill?" As well as, "How do I find the best person to teach me a skill?"

The answer is that depends on what you want to learn and how you want to learn it. Below are some tips to help you find the absolute best person to teach you a skill!

What’s your goal?

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Are you a casual learner, looking to build skills for fun or as a hobby? Or, do you have more serious aspirations? Either way, you can find a Maker that offers one and done skills or those that teach skills that take time to build. It all depends on what you want to get out of it. 

Location, location, location

You don’t want to spend an hour commuting to your lesson? No problem. Check out where each maker offers their Skillit and find a convenient location for you. Some Makers will even come to you. 

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Budget

Every maker on Skillit sets their own price so you can shop around to find the Skillit that fits your budget. Choose from a multitude of Makers for the best fit for you and your wallet.

Read reviews

Don’t take our word for it, read reviews from other people who have taken that Skillit. Everyone who attends a Skillit is asked to write a review about their experience so take the time to read what others thought. 

Plus, you can use our filters to help you find the perfect Maker to teach you a Skillit.

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The New Site That’s Airbnb – but for Skills

More people are freelancing than ever before.

U.S. consulting firm, McKinsey estimates that 27% of U.S. workers are engaged in freelance work. A number which is expected to rise to around 50% in 2030. In Canada, over 20% of all workers are estimated to be freelancers.

The appeal for most is the flexibility and independence of being your own boss or pursuing work that aligns more with your personal passions. 

As humans, we tend to think of learning a new skill or “going back to school” as something you’d do when looking to change careers, or to upgrade within your current one.
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Take Action - Develop your Skill-Set

Lifelong learning has incredible benefits, both personal and professional. It makes communities more productive and innovative and gives employees the ability to cope with constantly changing workplaces.

Lifelong learning helps us stay sharp as we age and is also important for a successful economy. It helps us communicate better, socialize more effectively, and achieve greater success.

Success, however, it’s defined. Takes action and taking good, appropriate action takes skills. 

Skillit wants to help people learn new skills to live their best life. Our new online platform matches people with skills to teach and those who want to learn, to allow anyone to be the Jack or Jill of any trade. 

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We give you the ability to be the master of your knowledge, build a toolbox of everything you need to succeed in any situation and know how to solve the problems that you encounter. Your skillset is dependent on what knowledge you have access to.

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“Think of it as the Airbnb model for skills, learn a handy skill like patching drywall or sewing a button. Learn to cook lasagna from scratch from an Italian Nona or how to paint from an artist.  Learn an instrument or language or upskill your business chops to land your next job or promotion. Whatever skill you want to teach or learn, we can match you with people in your community who share your passion.” 

Zahra Al-Harazi

“Just as Airbnb has made it simple to find and book a room or house anywhere in the world. We want to make it that simple to learn or teach a skill to live your best life.” 

Al-Harazi added.

Skillit is where you learn everything you want to learn, hands-on and in person, the way learning should be.

The dropout rate of online learning is 97% because you can’t learn in a vacuum. We make it easy and fun.

Have an experience while you travel the world of skills and knowledge and find an amazing home to stay.

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5 Easy Ways to Build and Learn Skills Outside of Work

In the changing job economy, skills are more valuable than ever. You need easy ways to build and learn skills. No matter where you work or what your title is, you want to make sure you’re constantly learning and progressing, especially in today’s world of changes happening in your workplace, how they will affect you, how your role has evolved over the past five years and what the jobs of the future might be.

Some people are lucky to have employees who offer great training and invest in their staff to build and learn new skills. Other people must find their own path to develop new skills or pursue passion projects and hobbies.

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Teacher Explaining a Software to Students

The World Economic Forum reports that you need the ten skills listed below to thrive in 2020:

  • Complex problem-solving.
  • Critical thinking.
  • Leadership.
  • Creativity.
  • People management.
  • Coordinating with others.
  • Emotional intelligence.
  • Judgment and decision making.
  • Service orientation.
  • Negotiation.
  • Cognitive flexibility.

Those are by no means all the soft skills that you need but a good start. If you are looking to build and learn new skills outside of work, here’s five ways to get started:  

1. Make a Plan

You are the owner of your life and career so make the most of it. Start by first identifying a skill set you want to learn and expand on for yourself that aligns with your broader long-term career plan. Consider what you love to do, want to do, don’t want to do, and where you want to go with your future. Now think about what skills are required to get there. The first step to developing skills is recognizing the skills you want and making a plan for how to achieve them. 

2. Volunteer

Serving your community is a great way to hone your own skills, learn new skills, showcase your expertise and build your personal brand. Look for an organization that aligns with your passion and give your time to support an event, project or serve on a committee. Volunteer to lead projects and initiatives that leverage the skills you have and align with the skill sets you want to develop. You can then add this experience to your resume and performance review. A bonus to volunteering is cultural awareness, empathy and sensitivity training. Communication and servant leadership. Spotting patterns and analyzing the problem. Everything single time you use your time to help others, you are helping yourself be better.

3.  Join A Professional Association

Find a professional association that includes skill development in its annual activities. Memberships are relatively inexpensive, and often an employer will help you pick up the cost. You might choose an association based on your industry, your function or possibly even based on your clients’ needs. You’ll learn best practices and pick up new skills to enhance your career along the way. 

4. Self-Educate

In the digital age, self-initiated education is easier than ever. Read a book, watch a YouTube video, follow a blog. Online sources are abundant. Just be mindful that when you don’t learn in person you may have a question or hit a roadblock that your computer can’t answer which is why in-person learning, like on Skillit, can’t be beat. 

5.  Learn from someone else

Each of us have many skills so find someone to teach you the skill you want to learn or consider trading skills as a win-win. Skillit helps you find people with the skills you want to learn or offers you the chance to teach your skills to others. Learning from someone can propel you toward success faster than any online course. And a good teacher will help you avoid the mistakes they've made, accelerate your education, motivate you, hold you accountable, and challenge you to be your best. 

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A mentor/teacher helping a student with easy ways to build and learn skills they desire.

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