Looking to make yourself attractive to potential employers this year? Here’s how.
Program and develop apps
The programming field is picking up after a downturn prompted by the GFC, but app development is particularly hot. The rise of cloud-delivered and mobile apps means that programmers will be highly sought-after in 2013. People with proficiency in Java, J2EE and .Net will be in a great position.
Project management is an invaluable skill in any environment. But right now, while there’s a premium on a mobile and flexible workforce, project managers are in demand. The ability to oversee a budget, engage and manage contract workers and deliver the project on time and on budget will make you eminently hireable this year.
Help Desk Technician is certainly not the most glamorous job title out there, but a good one is worth their weight in gold. With 28% of companies planning to hire support technicians in 2013, experience in this field will see you in good stead. There will also be a raft of companies implementing new systems, which will need support staff.
With big data coming to the fore, this is a great time to be in the data analytics game. Good maths and stats backgrounds, strong business awareness and technical proficiency are the killer combination that’ll see you commanding a higher salary. In fact, many companies are hiring statisticians and training them in the tech side of things.
Know the cloud
As cloud computing and software/infrastructure-as-as-service come into their own this year, cloud experts will be in short supply. A cloud architect who can understand their client’s needs and implement projects without blowing their budget will be richly rewarded.
Stephen Sims is the General Manager – Sales and Marketing at Brennan IT.