Tech career advice for 2018

New Year, new job? This time of year is a natural time to reflect on what lies ahead and how you want your year to shape up. Perhaps you’re looking for a new job or maybe you simply want to progress in your current career; either way, our specialist recruitment consultants have some advice which might help you achieve your career ambitions in 2018.


Want to work in Data Science? Gain machine learning experience

Whilst a PhD or Master’s degree is still highly important for those looking to work in Data Science, those who can evidence experience of machine learning techniques in a commercial or non-commercial environment will find themselves in high demand. Strong skills in Mathematics is a must, and for those who want to embark on a Data Science career, having a background in STEM subjects including Computer Science, Statistics, Physics, Chemistry & Engineering will be beneficial. There are also machine learning courses and self driving car courses by providers such as Udacity which are good indicators of your commitment within these niche fields to employers.

Chris Rosebert – Data science recruitment specialist

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Looking to develop your Development skills? Practise Python

Although Python has been in existence since 1991, in recent years it has experienced significant growth. New architectural approaches like microservices and containers, as well as advancements in artificial intelligence and the fact that Python 3 has matured have all contributed towards the growth of this language. This has made it easier for businesses to use it throughout the development lifecycle rather than just for research.

A good indicator of the language’s growth can be evidenced by Stack Overflow who have seen a rise in the percentage of visits to pages containing questions with a Python tag. In June last year Python-tagged questions edged past Java and JavaScript for the first time meaning Python has a solid claim to being the fastest-growing major programming language, according to Stack Overflow data scientist David Robinson.

If you're looking to get ahead of current trends and learn a language that’s going to be huge, then choose Python. It is already being used on sites such as YouTube and Instagram and is also being utilised as a starter language by a host of universities. Now’s a great time to get to grips with this rapidly growing development language to enhance your employability.

Rupert Ronca – Software development recruitment specialist

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Enhance your Cloud knowledge through a certification

2018 will see a huge clamour for Cloud certification. If you lack experience in Cloud Infrastructure then Amazon offers a number of entry level certifications to transfer some of your existing experience as a SysAdmin with their ‘Associate SysOps Administrator’ certification. For architects and those with experience in the design space, their ‘Associate Solutions Architect’ certification is a great place to start.

Microsoft offers ‘MCSA: Cloud Platform’ focused on Azure, as a route towards their ‘MCSE: Cloud Platforms & Infrastructure’ certification and Google offers ‘Cloud Architect’ and ‘G Suite Administrator’ certifications to get you started.

If you already have experience, I’d recommend refreshing your CV as competition for new jobs is high this time of year. So jot down your current projects and those you’ve worked on in the past and describe any problems you’ve overcome and what you’ve learnt as a result, as it shows you’re constantly building your Cloud knowledge.

Andy Slater – Cloud infrastructure recruitment specialist

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Get into Cyber Security from IT support

Due to the cyber security skills shortage, more and more organisations are looking at how they can utilise IT professionals with other skills within cyber security roles. 2nd and 3rd line support are both common routes into cyber security positions as there are many skills like problem solving that are transferable.

Security Operations Centres (SOC) regularly recruit from Network Operations Centres (NOC). Gaining experience in 2nd/3rd line support and NOCs could open doors later on when applying for cyber security positions.

Investing in cyber security certifications such as Certified Ethical Hacker, Certified Information Security Manager and Certified Information Systems Security Professional could instantly boost your employability in this growing field of IT.

Jonathan Martin - Cyber security recruitment specialist

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Enhance your skill portfolio for jobs in 5G

As telecom companies look to redesign their network infrastructure and architecture to be 5G ready we are already seeing a number of jobs requiring experience with some of the new 5G related technologies.

5G ready telecoms engineers will need to broaden their technical knowledge and gain experience and understanding of new technologies such as; LTE Advanced, SON, C-RAN, HetNet, Massive MIMO, NFV, SDN, Network Slicing, Mesh Networks, Cloud Systems and IoT.

There are also some great courses to gain new skills such as ‘Towards 5G: Research and Standardization’ and ‘Internet of Things in 5G’ led by training provider Another way to increase your employability in the 5G jobs market is by improving your scripting and learning about open source software.

Mark Payne – Network infrastructure recruitment specialist

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If you’re ready to take your career to the next level in 2018 , bear in mind some of the qualifications, skills and experience tech employers are looking for, to give yourself the best chance of success.

Happy job hunting!

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