Friday, June 25, 2021

5 IT-Careers Trends to Watch Out in 2021

The fully-digital ecosystem of today’s enterprise world provides a glimpse of the IT skill gap, popularity for hybrid roles and the gradual loss of luster of the jobs that once thought to be promising.

The innovation in the IT industry is happening at a pace so rapid that today’s IT professionals are not equipped to handle it. This has also widened the IT skill gap across the globe. A study conducted by the World Economic Forum states that the global skills gap has the potential to add $11.5 trillion to the global GDP by 2028.

Hence, tech workers in the IT industry need to up their game in order to survive and advance their career in the foreseeable future. Enterprises are trying their best to bridge the gap, but the pandemic’s growing effects have been faltering their attempts. Hence, it is upon IT leaders and individuals to up skill themselves to advance their careers.

Below are the five IT career-related trends that are set to change the dynamics of the IT industry:

  • Cloud Security

Since most of the workforce has turned remote, enterprises are heavily relying on cloud services. This dependency on cloud-computing has increased the demand for cloud security skills, as many enterprises plan to continue to work under this remote working model.

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This reliance on cloud platforms has made security professionals more valuable than ever before. At the same time, the infrastructure engineers who are well versed in site reliability engineering (SRE) principles have become an asset for organizations.

  • Communication Skills

In the vast majority of IT professionals, effective communication skills among individuals are still something enterprises are struggling to recruit.

Professionals who understand the technical nuances of the enterprises’ technological infrastructure, and are also able to translate it into business parlance, are invaluable for the organization. Also, as the interaction channels are changing, such as Zoom, Email, Slack, Call, it is essential that IT professionals also have the proficiency to effectively deliver their messages across the diverse set of channels.

  • Business Proficiency

Innovation in today’s environment is not only limited to technological aspects. Today IT professionals need to come up with a novel business to advance their careers.

Having a background in IT can help professionals to advance their careers in the field, such as marketing or operations. Since software covers almost every aspect of an enterprise, the Ops people need to understand what the technology does for the business. Even areas such as data analytics require a knack for business understanding to effectively develop relevant stories from the data.

  • Continuous Learning

The proliferation of COVID-19 forced enterprises to halt their training and conferences, since making their workforce adjust to the ‘new normal’ while also sustaining their businesses, has become a priority.

However, IT professionals have seen this as a chance to educate themselves. The pandemic has allowed them to continue their learning via online courses and effectively utilize their time instead of wasting it on commuting.

Read More: Role of Innovation Teams During and Post COVID-19

  • Rise of Hybrid roles

Today IT professionals cannot just hold onto the technical resources. To deliver the maximum value to their organization in an ever-changing marketplace, they should think about the business outcomes, have conversations about increasing RoI, and gain vertical expertise.

IT professionals also need to know where and they can leverage and monetize technology with the enterprise’s infrastructure.

The trends in today’s IT-related career not only can help an individual to advance in their career but also enable enterprises to acquire skilled teams that will  support in their business objectives.

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