Can you Future Proof your IT Career?

Can you Future Proof your IT Career?

Geeks, We Run the World!

The world as we once knew it, when it comes to the antiquated term "nerds" has completely changed. Before Marty McFly ventured back in time to help his father George get the girl and escape the Biff Tannen nightmare, nerds most certainly did not run the world, and they were definitely not cool!

Today "geeks" run virtually everything. In fact geek is the new chic.

According to MODIS, the 18 Most In-Demand IT Jobs In 2017 on the adjoined image are the direction the sector is headed. The Tech Sector is projected to grow at a rate 12%, almost twice the growth slated for all other industries at 6.5%.

Now if there is a particular area of interest or sub specialty on your radar, let's hope it is one of these seven that Forbes identified towards the tail end of 2016 as trends that will "Dominate 2017."

  1. IoT and Smart Home Tech
  2. AR and VR
  3. Machine Learning
  4. Automation
  5. Humanized Big Data (visual, empathetic, qualitative)
  6. Physical-Digital Integrations
  7. Everything On-Demand

Many have read the headlines this past week which have kept Information Security Analysts burning the midnight oil and surviving on delivery menus and energy drinks. The "WannaCry" ransomware attacks and the many other daily security threats have many of us up at night, regardless of what country or server they originated from.

With all of this in mind, it has become increasingly important, unlike ever before, to diversify your personal IT IQ and related skills. To truly future proof, a person must not only specialize one skill set/sector set, but they would be well served to learn to follow the warp speed changes of the technology sector and remain aware of and versed across multiple platforms and sub-sectors.

Here are a few closing thoughts from Paul Sallomi of Deloitte LLP which will definitely resonate with many of us.

We are in the heart of the digital transformation. The modern day consumer is increasingly consuming a vast amount of technology and creating a ridiculous amount of data.

In business, there are several drivers necessary to survive and indeed thrive.

Two of the most critical elements are innovation and continued learning. This holds true for a career in IT as well.