Samit’s Story

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@SamitSaini01 was a security officer at London Heathrow Airport (LHR) for 13 years.

When you have that much experience, you become aware of things that could be better.

You know how the TSA tells us to remove any liquids and our shoes when we get in line? Well at LHR, Samit had to carry around a bulky binder with translations of those directives.

So he built a mobile app to translate them. He was able to learn app-building thanks to new tools that lower the bar for entry.

Samit and I met when he asked me a question on Twitter to learn more. When you’re a problem solver, and you’re curious, nothing can stop you.

He improved his own skills. But he didn’t keep them to himself. He started teaching others to be able to do the same.

Then this happened.

I would tell my students that the jobs they know today might not exist when they grow up. And that they might even invent new jobs that don’t exist yet.

Well, Samit invented a new career with his skills. He has one of these jobs of the future.

Sometimes when we are working, we may find the pathway to a new career too distant.

It would take a lot of time and effort on top of the full-time work we already have.

I share this about Samit because he learned his skillset at work. He improved himself at his existing job.

I don’t know what’s right for your friend. I don’t know her exact circumstances amid the government shutdown.

But I will say if she’s up for it, there are some skills she can try to learn with the TSA today that can open a world of opportunity.

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