I was an MSc graduate in transportation who transition to (AI and low/No code solutions thanks to the buzz and growth of Generative AI) without any idea of tech, I know how hard it can be to get into AI. Also, as someone without an idea of STEM (science, Tech, Engineering, and Mathematics), it can be a big struggle, because of the diverse professions that exist in AI. I had zero knowledge in Mathematics and coding and always saw it as a big barrier. 

The dynamic nature of technology prompts new professions to spring up in AI, which often leads many people to confusion about what AI skills to use.

From Machine Learning development, AI research, Natural Language Processing, AI strategy, Data Science, AI ethics, content development for AI education, Digital marketing for AI products, Data Analytics, IT support for AI systems, Prompt engineering, AI consultant….just name a few. 

So, to make the right choice on what AI skills to go for, I'll recommend the following proven steps that have worked for me:

1. Get a good computer: 

A good computer is essential in your journey to gaining AI skills and becoming an AI expert, so get one.

2. Be financially prepared: 

You got to pay a price to gain quality skills, so keep aside some money for your tutorial, internet, coaching, and consultations and payment using AI tools such as ChatGPT, Canva magic studio etc. 

3. Do your research: 

Explore employment sites like Indeed, Glassdoor, or LinkedIn to see what skills employers are really looking out for in the AI field, make a list and then consider which one works for you. LinkedIn is the best place to go. Consider looking for newsletters with job boards like the AI TOOL report by Martin Crowley. 

4. Talk to someone who's already in the AI field you're interested in: 

Once you've decided on what skills to acquire, look out for someone in your field of interest and send them an email or direct message about why you find what they do interesting and then you can talk about your interest and how you need help in getting started. You can find this person on open spaces like LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or YouTube. Some have contacted me already. Should I call names? If they agree, I will. 

5. Explore learning schools and free courses: 

Thanks to the internet, we can learn from the comfort of our homes and at our own pace. Explore sites like YouTube, Udacity, Udemy, Coursera, Freecodecamp, and Edx to know what courses they have regarding the skill you're interested in AI, then check the reviews of the tutorials you'll be choosing from the list of existing courses, because this would really help you pick the right tutorial.

6. Get yourself a mentor: 

Yes, you need a mentor to help you on this path in AI, so that you can avoid some mistakes and get it right from the start, and this is why I'm here. By the way, coaching and mentoring isn't always free.

7. Join an AI community/Meetups: 

Lookout for AI communities or communities dedicated to the skill you're interested in and join; from these communities, you'll be able to connect with like minds and learn what's happening in the AI ecosystem and this would help you stay updated. Get to me if interested. 

8. Join AI Skills Hack learning community for quality AI-centered tutorials, connections, scholarships, and job opportunities.

Now you see getting started in AI as someone without an AI background might seem like a huge task, but with the right guidance, passion, and drive to learn and get better with AI, you can get the right results.

If this was helpful do well to share this, so we can get the word out and help someone who's having a hard time deciding what AI skill to go for.

See you at the top.

© Awa K. Penn / AI Xplorer.

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