The market for experienced IT professionals changes rapidly and it can be difficult to keep your finger on the pulse of innovation to help guide your next move as new technologies emerge and integrate into everyday business operations. A great recruiter will be able to guide you to what they are seeing and what skillsets are in high demand.
1. Change is Common and Inevitable
The sooner you accept that technology will be changing rapidly, the more successful you will be. As an IT professional, you should implore yourself to always be learning new technologies and systems. The more tools you can put in your box, the more valuable you will be now and in the future. Some of the best IT professionals have a deep desire to learn as much as possible, especially on their personal time. The tech world is famous for delivering insight through blogs and other free, or low-cost online resources. Use them! When you have a few minutes to pick up a new coding technique or learn about an emerging piece of technology you absolutely should take that initiative and expand your knowledge base.
There are a few common emerging technologies that have been on the top of recruiter’s feeds for some time:
2. Low Code Development Platforms
Low-code is a software development approach that enables the delivery of applications faster with minimal hand coding. Essentially, low-code is to software what assembly lines are to the auto industry. They help build automation in what would be typical manual tasks that are often time-consuming and free up people to perform other tasks. Low-code is used across many industries to help non-technical people to drag and drop to automate what was formerly only possible through hand coding. While the name (low code) may insinuate simple tasks, implementing this software development approach requires a technical background and problem-solving skills.
Examples include: Salesforce Lightning, Appian, KiSSFLOW – BPM & Workflow Software, Visual LANSA, OutSystems, Zoho Creator, Mendix, etc.
3. Robotic Process Automation
Robotic process automation (RPA) is the use of software with artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning capabilities to handle high-volume, repeatable tasks that previously required humans to perform. Robotic Process Automation allows anyone today to configure computer software, or a “robot” to emulate and integrate the actions of a human interacting within digital systems to execute a business process. Don’t confuse this with the Terminator or Sunny from IRobot, as this refers to program running on your everyday systems.
IT professionals who work in RBA are often tasked with queries, calculations and maintenance of records and transactions.
Examples include: Quote-to-Cash, Procure-to-Pay (P2P), Creating and delivering invoices, payroll automation, etc.
4. Use Your Recruiter
Rely on your recruiter to learn about what employers are seeking. A great recruiter will help direct you to the skills you should learn in the short and long term, as well as identify the key boxes you already check for great jobs. As an IT professional you should rely on your recruiter as much as possible to find you the right fit. A good recruiter will be honest with you on your skillset and what steps you should take to succeed.
Moral of this story: always be learning. Take the time to learn as much as you can because technology and innovation continues to drive forward with increased demand.
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