Positioning Your Technology Skill Set for Success

By Jessica Mitsch ● November 30, 2020
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To meet today’s job mar­ket and future work­place trends, it is impor­tant to align your career plan­ning and skill devel­op­ment with the large-scale shifts affect­ing how busi­ness gets done.
This year, busi­ness­es made piv­ots that are con­tribut­ing to short-term and long-term changes in the work­place. Busi­ness­es are focus­ing on adjust­ing tech oper­a­tions and strate­gies to posi­tion their orga­ni­za­tions for the future and jobs in tech­nol­o­gy play a sig­nif­i­cant role in those efforts. 

Late­ly it seems like every com­pa­ny is a tech com­pa­ny, which is a tes­ta­ment to the increased impor­tance that tech­nol­o­gy oper­a­tions have tak­en on in 2020. Even busi­ness­es that weren’t reliant on tech­nol­o­gy in the past have had to invest in ways to serve their cus­tomers or deliv­er their prod­ucts vir­tu­al­ly. And the demand for skilled tech­nol­o­gy pro­fes­sion­als to fill those jobs is only expect­ed to grow.
"Busi­ness­es are focus­ing on adjust­ing tech oper­a­tions and strate­gies to posi­tion their orga­ni­za­tions for the future"
When it comes to cul­ti­vat­ing skills for 2021 and beyond, experts say employ­ers will focus less on clear­ly-defined, tra­di­tion­al roles and more on employee’s skills. This will lead to an increase in hybridized roles that make use of an employee’s spe­cif­ic skills to enable orga­ni­za­tions to dri­ve their com­pet­i­tive advan­tage. Now could be a great oppor­tu­ni­ty to expand your tech toolk­it with rel­e­vant, in-demand skills. Rather than plan for your next role, con­sid­er devel­op­ing crit­i­cal skills in tech that poten­tial­ly open up mul­ti­ple oppor­tu­ni­ties for jobs in technology.

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Accord­ing to the NC TECH IT Job Trends Report this Novem­ber, there are hard skills with high grow­ing demand in North Car­oli­na specif­i­cal­ly. If you’re con­sid­er­ing which crit­i­cal skills to devel­op in the com­ing months, it can be ben­e­fi­cial to explore top skills with high growth com­pared to Novem­ber 2019. Here are five hard skills with large year-over-year increase in North Car­oli­na (Novem­ber 2020):
  • Soft­ware Engi­neer­ing (+58.2%)
  • AWS (+43.7%)
  • C/C++ (+34%)
  • Python (+26.8%)
  • Soft­ware Devel­op­ment (+15.3%)
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Recent jobs report data offers a promis­ing out­look for jobs in tech­nol­o­gy across the coun­try to lead the charge in the future of work. Jobs such as web devel­op­ers and soft­ware engi­neers are crit­i­cal to an orga­ni­za­tion’s abil­i­ty to quick­ly piv­ot into remote work envi­ron­ment and the post-COVID environment.

As busi­ness­es plan for a post-pan­dem­ic work­force, con­sid­er ways you can inde­pen­dent­ly devel­op crit­i­cal skills in tech­nolo­gy or review the upskilling oppor­tu­ni­ties your employ­er offers. Busi­ness­es are evolv­ing and you too can grow your skillset to stay ahead of future work­place trends and earn job security.

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