Anyone can teach, but to train is a skill!
All the important things you do today was once taught to you (mostly by your mom). Right from brushing your teeth, to studying for the next day, was taught to you. Initially, you agreed and did whatever your parents told you because of course, you didn’t have a choice there. However, as time passed by and your mind was capable to think on its own you began questioning everything you did: like the reason you went to school, and the subjects you were made to study in which you had no interest and then, the relevance of these subjects in real life. This is where Bootcamp Goa, comes into play.
Nordic Intent’s very own training institute believes in imparting hands-on knowledge to students straight from industry experts to guide them in with real-time knowledge and experience. However, just because you’re an industry expert, doesn’t mean you may be able to teach the skills that you possess. Keeping that in mind, Nordic Intent organised an innovative workshop: Train The Trainer, taken by Shwetha Pinto, our VP for Human Resources. In her session, Shwetha spoke about the importance of being a trainer and not a teacher. She explained the difference stating that a teacher is someone who gives and keeps you updated with theoretical knowledge. This knowledge may be something written in the books a 100 years old, and may or may not necessarily be relevant to today’s day and age. On the other hand, a trainer is someone who imparts practical knowledge as per industry trends and technology is concerned. These are lessons that will be with you in each and every moment of your life as these are given to you by industry experts.
Since Bootcamp offers instant placement opportunities for its best students under the various courses available, another important point to note by Shwetha was to treat them with the attitude that they could be our future colleagues. Their performance during the entire course solely depends on us as trainers, and we should always keep in mind to give them industrial knowledge and not just what the books say. One way to make sure our classes are not being monotonous or “book-ish” is to keep asking for reviews and feedback from your students to improve ourselves.
Lastly, an important lesson we took back after Shwetha’s session was how to maintain an image with the students. Whether we take one session or five, It’s important to not just be presentable, but also approachable, to everyone who enters Bootcamp.