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Talent of the future: 5 ways to secure your career
Digital transformation and automation processes were introduced to improve human experience and increase efficiency. However, the implementation of these technology solutions have led to a shift in the Technology recruitment landscape.
Technological progress has historically shifted the composition of employment thus leading to concerns over technological unemployment. As businesses invest further in digital transformation and automation exercises, legacy systems and skills are being replaced by new technologies and techniques. Thus employers are increasingly looking for the Talent of the Future, primarily talent that will be able to keep pace with the changing technologies and overall mindset.
Here are five ways to ensure you are part of that Technology Talent of the Future.
1. Enhance business partnering skills
Emerging technologies are new to everyone and the ability to understand their pros and cons is much higher for a technically trained professional versus a business operations professional. Hence the ability to bridge the gap between business and technology is highly sought after. It is recommended that technical professionals hone their ability to effectively communicate technical solutions with business stakeholders thus enabling technology driven business partnerships.
2. Reskill and Upskill
As legacy technology stacks are rapidly being replaced by agile based technology solutions, it is essential for professionals to keep up with the changing market trends. Multiple online courses and technology groups facilitate discussions and upskilling opportunities (usually without any monetary commitment) for those interested and intrigued by technology. In this era of disruption, agents of technology-backed transformation and change are in high demand.
While keeping pace with the changing market trends, technology solutions and methodologies is essential. Therefore, it is highly recommended to take that one extra step to be a certified professional within the emerging technologies. Certifications are often a pre-requisite to a successful employment application. Employers often give value to certifications as a sign of the job-seekers passion for technology and proactive nature.
4. Actively contribute to collaboration platforms and tech communities
Active participation of techies on collaboration platforms such as GitHub and other bounty programs will help in gaining recognition. Participation in such programs also gives techies exposure to different technologies and methodologies. Introducing and implementing effective techniques and strategies falls in line with the company’s vision of transformation, thus strengthening your position.
5. Humanise technology
Technological skills can be taught, but essential skills like problem solving and critical thinking are much harder to develop. It is important to understand how technology is used and how it is driven by human behaviour. Pragmatism will lead to smooth transition and adoption of new roles in the changing times, thus ensuring success in a technology driven career.
Ultimately, technology will continue evolving as it has over the years, leading to continuous shift in talent needs. It is, thus essential to identify the human traits and soft skills that are required in technical careers as these skills are irreplaceable by automations or transformation.