Being able to learn marketable digital skills is sluggish and difficult — or so they say, Mashable reports. Adda Birnir noticed a gender divide between a media company’s business and technical side (read: men) versus the editorial side (read: women). She created online tech education platform Skillcrush to give women a way to learn marketable skills that could lead to steady, high-paying jobs and relevant, satisfying work. The five-year-old company teaches digital skills: We’re talking about technical jargon, coding, building a website and understanding user experience. You do so by signing up for classes that are designed to be fun and done on your own time. But that wasn’t always the format for Skillcrush. “Our challenge is actually not convincing people that tech skills are really important,” she says. “It’s convincing people that getting tech skills is something that they can do.”
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