Transitioning from Web2 to Web3.
The outburst of crypto projects all over the world has caused a global call for talent to fill in the gap. Organizations including FAANGS have shown interest in the professionals they need to fill up that space.
From Microsoft, Amazon to Apple and allegedly Facebook, the numbers are going higher. Other brands are not left out… a look into cryptocurrencyjobs, cryptojobs, and cryptojobslist reveals this more. However, there are two major challenges affecting this demand: lack of available talent and exposure to the roadmap on entering the Web3 space.
In this post, we'll share with you how to transit into the Web3 space from Web2. Note: it doesn't mean Web2 will not be relevant anymore.
Learn and Understand Web3
There are similarities as well as differences between Web1, Web2, and Web3. Being exposed to the difference is what gives the edge. For example, Wallets in Web3 are replacing the normal password signup process in Web2. In Web3, there's a focus on ownership as well as earning in a decentralized manner.
NFTs, DeFi, GameFi, DEXs, Swap options, and now, the reign of metaverse are some of the trends in web3 that aren't in Web2. For developers, Solidity, Rust, and Substrate are the new ways of communicating.
If you love community, understanding how Telegram, Twitter, and Discord work becomes a necessity. You can start your learning process on any of these platforms: edX, Simplilearn, Coursera, Binance Academy, and Udacity.
Learning about Web3 starts with understanding what blockchain is about, the use cases, its advantages, limitations… the basics of the technology, and then you can further into specific skills.
Match Your Skill to Web3
There are two ways this is applicable: those who have skills that can be used in the Web3 space and those who need to learn new skills relevant in the Web3 space.
For instance, if you're a programmer, in the Web2 space, and good with Python, Java, or C++, you can easily transition to the blockchain environment as a developer. All you need to do is practice more with Solidity or any other language.
The same thing applies to content creators in Web2. SEO, research, and other content creation processes are still needed. The addition here will be how does blockchain work?
The second scenario can be with a person without any skill related to either Web2 or Web3. Such a person will need to learn about blockchain first and then decide on the skills to master. The skill learned will help to provide value to Web3 firms by solving problems.
Leverage Web3 Communities
One of the most unique features of Web3 is that it's community-centric. It thrives on community - from product launch to sustaining market influence to dominance. Once you have chosen the focus of your skill, you can search for communities where people of like minds and similar skill sets are present. Join in, connect ad keep the learning drive on.
Communities will not just help you learn, job opportunities for companies and projects are also easily accessed via community engagements. The circle is complete with a food community - connect, learn, and earn.
Examples of such communities are dev, for developers; web3ladies, for ladies in Web3; IEEE Blockchain; and then for each project like Ethereum, Solana, Harmony One, Algorand… there are communities built around them to further the vision of blockchain technology and that of the pioneering organizations.
In conclusion, Web3 is still untapped and the demand for talent is high. The returns, flexibility, and opportunities in the industry are great. You might want to consider coming in as quickly as possible. If you have the right skills already, you can check out jobs, and if you need to get the right skills, look up the organizations shared above.