As much as I appreciate YouTube as a platform to truly interact with one’s audience, I strongly feel that it has led to significant harm to students who wish to learn a skill.
Why? Simply because of the hellish number of choices, most of which aren’t helpful at all.
I have talked to enough freshers and if there’s one thing that I am sure of - it is that all of them are stuck in tutorial hell.
Tutorial hell can be described in three stages:
I have talked to enough freshers in both tech and non-tech spaces now. The entitlement is through the roof. You all watch a few tutorials and think that you should get the best perks and the highest salaries. Take a look at the market now. At least try and get your career started. It’s 40 years long.
If you keep at it, you will earn good money in no time.
Why do you want it to be the first thing straight out of college?
I blame the instant gratification through social media. That’s what has put this current generation into a rush.
It’s like that game of Pokemon Go that was popular some years ago. Web dev, backend, android, web3 - all are different Pokemons. You watch a 15-30 minutes video and somehow, that skill comes up on your resume.
To truly learn a skill, you need to invest time. Choose a tutorial that spends at least 6-8 hours in creating one project. And then repeat it thrice.
Say, you built the Zomato page following a tutorial. Amazing! Now you try and build IMDB’s page the same way. It also has listings and product pages. Watch the video and try to map the actions.
The third time’s the charm. So now build a TripAdvisor page but without the video. You can refer to the code you wrote for Zomato and IMDB but try to do it by yourself as much as possible.
Let’s take another example. You want to learn how to build a financial model. Start with a subscription-based revenue model. Find a detailed tutorial on how you would create a financial model on Excel for Netflix. Repeat the exercise for another subscription-based company, eg., Zomato (specifically Zomato Gold). Now do it again without any video for a third company that sells subscriptions.
This is how you develop a skill - when you spend enough time on the depth, on the details. I must tell you it will be hard. But it will bring you learning and growth.
When the interviewer asks you any question on this project, you will not fail while answering.
Need a new feature? This is how I will add it.
Want to add a new subscription? This is how I will modify the financial model.
When you spend time, you develop depth, and depth brings confidence.
And don’t forget that you cannot fool recruiters. They are in this business. Companies do not pay tonnes to employees just because they have watched tutorials. They pay it to the ones who have developed and grown their skills with repetition.
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