It’s safe to say 2023 hasn’t been the best year for tech (or the easiest year for tech professionals).
From mass layoffs at some of the biggest household names including Meta and Google to the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank to the recent drama surrounding Sam Altman’s firing and reinstatement as CEO at OpenAI, instability has infiltrated an industry that at one point seemed indestructible.
Competition for tech jobs is also rife as hiring rates have taken a plunge to the tune of 40 percent in 2023 compared to 2022. This is particularly pronounced in late-stage companies — hiring was at 31 percent in 2023 compared to 62 percent in 2022.
So what can tech workers do to not only ensure they stay out of the firing line but future-proof their careers into 2024 and beyond?
Staying ahead of industry trends is one way and with this in mind, Justice Erolin, CTO of BairesDev, has shared his insights and predictions regarding the developments that will define the tech landscape in the coming year. Here’s what he had to say:
L&D is key
Because technology is ever-evolving, short-term certifications can lose their value or become outdated quickly, so it’s important to engage in continuous learning and development via practical, hands-on experiences like internships and apprenticeships.
Next year, clients will prioritise data projects, emphasising strong infrastructures and analytics, with rising demand for AI-driven and cost-effective DevOps and infrastructure capabilities.
Going beyond text, speech, videos, and images, Generative AI is set to transform its application in reporting and analysis, revolutionising how insights are generated.
Upskilling is essential
Modern engineers require a T-shaped skill set, combining deep expertise in a specific domain with a broad understanding of diverse technologies, along with essential soft skills for effective collaboration in team-driven tech environments.
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Integration Engineer, Western Union, Madrid
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Senior Frontend Engineer (m/f/d), Thermondo GmbH, Berlin-Kreuzberg
Are you looking for a job with meaning that will allow you to make a positive impact? Thermondo GmbH is hiring a Senior Frontend Engineer to help them on their mission to make housing climate-neutral. In this role you will join an international tech team to build software that is highly maintainable and collaborate closely with an interdisciplinary team, engaging in product discovery, planning, and implementing user-focused solutions. You will also take ownership of and lead the development of front-end solutions and establish and uphold front-end standards while advocating for improvements. See the full job description here.
Data Cloud Senior Success Architect, Salesforce, Dublin
If you have a keen curiosity about the emergence of AI and the role of data in its success, this Data Cloud Senior Success Architect role at Salesforce might be of interest. If hired, you will become a data cloud subject-matter expert for the broader success architect organisation, including how data cloud relates to the success of AI, engage with strategic customers to evaluate and recommend optimisation strategies for technical architecture, DevOps, performance, and solution design specific to data cloud and identify and evaluate capability gaps for standard product capability. View more details here.
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