Nearly 85 lakh students graduate every year in India and enter the active workforce. To sustain in this competitive world, they must have skills that make them industry-ready. Despite the outbreak of COVID-19, numerous organizations are still hiring freshers who are digitally equipped in new-age technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data analytics. In this changing business landscape, embracing digital transformation is the key aspect. There is a huge demand for talent that can address the digital transformation needs.
Contrary to popular belief, digital transformation is less about technology and more about people. You can pretty much buy any technology, but your ability to adapt to a digital future depends on developing the next generation of skills, closing the gap between talent supply and demand, and future-proofing your own and others’ potential. The most brilliant innovation is irrelevant if an organization does not have a skilled workforce to leverage and manage it. The main implication is that when leaders think about investing in technology, they should first think about investing in the people who can make that technology useful. To meet this gap, here is a list of the top 5 tech skills that fresh graduates need to become future-ready.
Cyber-attacks are on the rise. Even though we tend to only hear about the attacks on large organizations, all organizations (irrespective of their size) with an online presence are immune to attacks. Cybersecurity jobs are in high demand and it seem like the need for more security professionals is here to stay. To make a career in cybersecurity, you need to possess the following skills –
- Analysis of malware and its reversal
- Detecting intrusions, breaches, and attempted data theft with backdoor codes and Trojans
- Fundamentals of programming language
- Risk analysis
- Expertise in cloud security
- Identity and Access management
- Security Incidence and Event Management
Cybersecurity roles in demand include Information Security Analyst, Vulnerability Analyst, Security Software Developer, and Security Architect.
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Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML)
AI is rapidly changing the landscape of work, making it an exciting time for programmers looking for something new. Hiring for AI specialists has grown massively in the past few years. Due to its increasingly widespread adoption, AI specialists earned LinkedIn’s #1 emerging jobs’ spot. There is a crossover with machine learning here, but the key difference is that AI is a broader concept pertaining to machines designed to act intelligently like humans, whereas machine learning relies on devices making sense of a specific set of data.
Employers need AI talent to fulfill the company’s technological requirements. Thus, a career in AI is not only attracting the job-seekers towards it but is witnessing immense growth. To establish a career in AI, job-hunters need to possess relevant technical skills. Below are the AI and ML roles that are in demand.
- Big Data Engineer
- Machine Learning Engineer
- AI Data Analyst
- AI Engineer
Data Analytics and Data Science
Two consistently in-demand tech jobs within Big Data include data science and data analytics. Data analysis is a more entry-level skill, whereas data science gets more advanced. Industries needing data professionals include education, finance, health, software, and more.
Some of these top skills for data analysts/data science include
- Structured Query Language (SQL)
- Critical Thinking
- R or Python-Statistical Programming
- Data Visualization
Data Analytics and Data Science roles in demand include Data Scientist, Data Analyst, Decision Engineer, Business Intelligence Analyst, and Quantitative Analyst.
Cloud computing jobs are on the rise because a large number of companies are switching from the classical server infrastructure to cloud solutions. According to Gartner, the market for public cloud services is projected to grow by 17% in 2020 to a total of $266.4 billion.
The Cloud enables the data center to operate like the Internet and computing resources to be shared, accessed, and controlled as virtual resources safely and securely. As most technologies use this concept these days, 9 out of 10 companies around the globe are looking for candidates who have experience or in-depth knowledge in cloud computing.
Cloud computing skills include:
- Migrating Data
- Automating Key Tasks
- Designing Distributed Systems
- Designing Distributed Systems
Cloud computing roles in demand include Cloud Engineer, Cloud Architect, Cloud Engineer, Cloud Computer Systems, and Network Administrator.
This point, perhaps, is a no brainer. Companies are hiring for developers who have experience with automation tools such as UiPath, Automation Anywhere, Softomotive, etc. Even though coding is a big part of automation, many companies don’t always demand expertise in programming languages since these automation platforms have a low-code model and don’t require extensive coding skills.
Some of the most common skills include:
- Automation and robotics
- Agile, cloud, and DevOps
- Analytical and problem-solving skills
Automation roles in demand include automation engineer, Automation Design Engineer, Automation Systems Engineer, Automation Specialist, and Selenium Automation Engineer.
The IT and tech industry will continue to evolve and there will be several new skills that come into play. While we’ve already seen a large boom in the above-mentioned jobs and skillsets, it is safe to say that it is just the beginning. So, if you want to broaden your chances of securing the most valuable roles, then invest in learning new and emerging technologies such as the ones mentioned above.
A key challenge is that there is a massive disconnect between what is taught in colleges and what the industry experts. After graduation, most of the freshers have only theoretical knowledge, so there is a gap between the fresher’s knowledge and the industry’s expectation. Having identified this need, we have set up the ‘Knowledge arm of Clover Infotech’ i.e. Clover Academy to prepare the next-generation IT workforce. Learn more about Clover Academy here.