In the years Michael Fernandes has spent working and recruiting in the IT vertical, Roevin’s resident 360 IT Recruitment Consultant has worked with many talented individuals and organizations throughout Canada. Having successfully navigated through multiple market shifts, Michael is an expert on recruitment in the IT sector. In this guest post, he shares some of this knowledge by highlighting the top areas for career growth in the IT field and the skill sets that will help you succeed there.
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There’s no question that information technology (IT) is and will continue to be one of the most attractive fields for a thriving career. Many see IT jobs as sure things – for high salaries, job security, and great working conditions. And for many, IT jobs do deliver on those promises. However, as is the case with jobs in almost any field, IT jobs ensure that you get what you give. Read more
There is no shortage of talk these days about how advancing technology continues to transform the job market. Technology can replace jobs, create entirely new ones, and fundamentally alter existing ones. This latter phenomenon was even discussed in our previous article on the evolution of the administrative assistant. In that case, we pointed out how the tasks, and therefore the required tech savvy, of administrative assistants changed over time in order to adapt to advancing technologies. But what about jobs that lie within the technology field? While those must also change according to the new technologies that arise, the skillsets needed require more than tech savviness; in fact, they require skills that in many other fields are considered downright old-school. So-called “soft skills”, which include communication and interpersonal skills, are becoming just as important for a flourishing career in tech as tech savviness itself (and that’s especially true when trying to attract more women to the field). The permeation of soft skills into tech is perhaps most pronounced in tech support, the tech field that the average worker is most exposed to.
So how exactly has tech support changed over the years and why? And what sorts of qualities should employers look for when hiring the tech support professionals of today? Read more
Women in engineering have, unfortunately, always been a rarity. The same can be said of women in technology, specifically information technology, as well as other technical fields, including mathematics and science. In Canada alone, the amount of women in engineering programs has declined from 21% in 2001 to just 17% in 2009, with only 10% of licensed engineers being women. Likewise, according to the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC), in 2009, women only made up about 25% of those in information and communication technology studies. And this trend is not unique to Canada; engineering and technology suffer the similar deficits in the US and the UK. In fact, according to the American Association of University Women (AAUW), women make up only about 25% of those pursuing an education in science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics – the so-called STEM segment.
Once upon a time, ridiculous stereotypes perpetuated the idea that women aren’t as capable in the technical fields as men. Of course, long since those stereotypes began, study after study has disproven them. So, if women can perform just as well as men in engineering and technology roles, the questions remain: Why aren’t there more women in engineering? Why aren’t there more women in technology? Some of the possible answers to these questions are disturbing, suggesting widespread sexual discrimination within the engineering and technology industries and/or that our society still clings to long-held, incorrect assumptions about half of the population. In fact, the absence of nearly half the potential workforce in what are arguably Canada’s most crucial sectors is not only a moral shame, but possibly also a looming economic one. Diversity, be it among the sexes, among cultures, or among age groups, allows for more creativity and innovation. Without diversity, teams, companies, and entire industries can easily become intellectually stagnant. Read more