Developing Your Skills or those of Your Team
If you have been around the IT industry for a while you will know that the environment is always changing. Keeping abreast with the latest developments or ensuring you and your team have the skills to effectively work with new technologies can be difficult at the best of times, but if you are busy just managing the needs of today it can be tough. This is especially hard if you work in a small or medium-sized organisation, where you may perform the roles of recruiter, trainer and team leader. Below are some ideas and tools which may help.
If you don’t know where to start, this article from Mindtools may help. It provides a process and structure to understand and identify the skills you and your team may need to work on. Using training assessment tools and advice on how to manage “on the job” training alongside other training programmes will help you build and manage a training programme which meets the needs of the team and keeps the business running at the same time.
For those trying to understand the skills required for certain IT positions or revising your CV and wondering if you have covered all the skill sets appropriate to the roles you play, this link may help. The Balance Careers.com has provided technology skills lists for a wide range of IT roles and can be used to identify skills gaps or ensure you have fully documented your capabilities in your CV. This was last updated in February this year so is reasonably up to date.
Finally, if you are looking at which roles and skills are top of mind today. This article from CNBC.com has the results of a major LinkedIn study which analysed hundreds of thousands of job postings to determine which skills companies need most in 2019. (Admittedly it was based on a study in the US.) It found that employers are looking for workers with both soft skills and hard skills. The top 4 skills sets were:
- Cloud Computing
- Artificial Intelligence
- Analytical Reasoning
- People Management
This article also provides links to on-line learning opportunities in each of the top 25 skill sets. If you are looking to develop your skills this should be of help.