Tech Jobs are Exploding: Here’s the Skills You Need to Future Proof Your Career

Digital transformation in all sectors has accelerated rapidly in light of the global pandemic. Digital skills have become almost a pre-requisite in many roles, as employees and organisations/employers navigate a new era of work in which technology plays a crucial part.

For experienced technology (tech) professionals, the past few years have paved the way for big opportunities. A 2021 report by Deloitte found that growth in tech jobs is set to outstrip Australia’s broader labour growth to 2026 by a factor of 4 – led by sectors experiencing rapid digitisation such as finance, utilities, construction and retail.

The demand for tech professionals amid a tech boom has created a super storm, and the balance of power between employers and candidates has shifted.

But navigating an industry which is constantly evolving can have its challenges. While 10 years ago we saw a huge demand for skills in Cobol and C# coding languages, these are now almost obsolete. The future belongs to those who seek to develop their career in-line with industry trends and business needs.

With this in mind, let’s take a look at today’s most in-demand tech skills and how you can gain them…

1. Communication

It may seem a little strange to see communication as a top skill within technology, but it’s a clear differentiator to employers when evaluating candidates.

The majority of technical roles require some degree of communication skills (written and verbal), though it’s the ability to communicate technical information to non-technical stakeholders that is highly sought after. Organisations need people who can be the conduit and clearly explain between the super technical and business units to solve real business problems.

In addition to being more employable, candidates who have these skills are likely to progress faster in their career.

How to upskill in communication: Short courses on improving communication skills are readily available online, such as through LinkedIn Learning or Udemy. Because learning to communicate effectively often requires feedback, it’s also worthwhile finding a coach or mentor who can guide you on where and how to improve.

2. Data science, analysis and management

The demand for data is becoming more evident, and this is only set to increase in coming years. The creation of the “Chief Data Officer” roles shows how important data is and will be in both business operations and strategic planning.

There is already a wealth of opportunities in the data space – from data scientists and engineers to data governance and privacy experts. Those who can relate well to end users in eliciting the insights they need from data, or helping them to understand data, are particularly in demand.

How to upskill in data science, analysis and management: There are countless courses available on data science, including highly respected ‘Masters in Data Science’. From a data management point of view, Dama.org is a gateway to education, certification and career advancement. It’s worthwhile doing your research to find a course that aligns with the data space you wish to specialise in.

3. Big picture thinking and strategic planning

In an age of information sharing and collaboration, business silos are known as a barrier to success.
Candidates who have a knack for seeing the bigger picture, and can create plans or strategies that align with broader goals while managing themselves or a team to achieve them, will be an asset in all organisations.

How to upskill in big picture thinking and strategic planning: You can find a variety of interesting courses on big picture thinking in business. While they may not offer a formal qualification, they will no doubt provide valuable insights. A coach or mentor who can shed light on how to level up your thinking is also worth considering.

The secret to success in a tech career? Embrace lifelong learning

Perhaps more than any other industry, a commitment to lifelong learning is essential for tech professionals.

I have a candidate who is in the early stage of their data career and working in a mid-level data role while studying for a Masters in Data. This combination of hands on experience in the workplace and further study will set this candidate apart from their peers for many years – and ensure they never have a shortage of job offers when they are ready to move on.

Try to see further study as a springboard for a “choose your own adventure” in your career, where you commit to evolving your skills in line with where the industry is headed.
For a private chat about new opportunities in data and tech, don’t hesitate to reach out on (02) 6108 4878.

Lucas Walker
Senior Recruitment Consultant
HorizonOne Recruitment

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