The high-tech industry is the rapidly growing beast of the European economy and, as such, there is an ever-increasing need for bright minds to populate it. However, although the growth potential is exponential, there is a talent shortage within the EU for suitable candidates with backgrounds in computer science, according to McKinsey1.
As the industry remains in a constant state of flux as new specialist areas rise and fall, the educational and experiential requirements for roles in the sector fluctuate correspondingly and require a high degree of flexibility from prospective applicants.
Whether you’ve got a degree in computer science or engineering related subjects, or you’ve worked your way up the ranks of a reputable firm, it’s always crucial to continue learning. One of the best ways to do this is by enrolling yourself onto related e-learning courses.
1. Preparing for work
If you’ve been out of work for a little while, you’ve been in a few post-university stop gap positions or you just want to shake off some cobwebs, e-learning courses can help you get back into mental shape and prepare you for employment.
By brushing up on skills you already have under your belt, as well as learning some new desirable disciplines that have become significant, you will have plenty to talk about at interview stage and, perhaps more importantly, show a commitment to your future that employers are looking for.
2. Adjusting to a rapidly changing landscape by constantly updating your skills
As mentioned previously, the high-tech sector is an industry which must constantly adapt to and spearhead new technologies. This means that new skills are required from the workforce of some of the most innovative businesses on an almost relentless basis.
Being able to communicate, with evidence, that you have kept yourself up to date within the industry and have the intellectual dexterity to adapt to changing landscapes, will give you a significant edge over the competition.
By updating your skills, you’re not only providing yourself with the tools to progress personally, but you are also demonstrating to an employer that you will be able to deftly cope with the inevitable changes coming off the horizon.
3. Taking Responsibility for Your Progress
One of the most important qualities that employers look for whilst they’re hiring is productivity. Employees who are able to take the initiative, who are willing to step up when required and take an active role in their professional development, are a far more attractive prospect for bosses – particularly in the disruptive technology sectors. Taking responsibility for your professional growth by enrolling on e-learning courses to develop your skills and evolve your knowledge base is not only a career preference, it’s a future-proofing necessity.
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