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April 15, 2017
The in-demand skills for 2017 (and how to upskill yourself)
By: Nicola Campbell

So, you’re about to graduate, but you have the same set of skills as your 1500 or so peers. If you’re about to panic about how to distinguish yourself in the job market, fear not.

Below are some tips for graduates on how they can up-skill to become competitive and valuable employment candidates.

Lani Pauli, account director at Deane & Co says there is a huge shortage of great developers in the market Data and analytics.

Data science is one of the fastest growing industries in the market today, and abroad. Locally, large organisations are all looking to recruit graduates that know how to tell stories with data. The ability to interpret and design graphics will make you a competitive candidate.

Graduates should be looking to answer questions like - who are your customers, where are they coming from, what do they need and why are they leaving?

User experience design is also “extremely important”, says Pauli, especially in organisations which rely on database and business storage systemisation, understanding processes which can be systemised by technology project management.

User experience design is also a crucial part of user journeys for electrical engineers designing robots, working on internet of things systems and security & compliance.

Organisations like General Assembly, Udemy, Code Academy, Treehouse & Academy Xi offer Immersive Data Science Courses where you can master tools and techniques required to break into the field. Some of these offer free courses to students who want to get a taste for what’s involved.

Normally all companies who are ready to take on graduates know that graduates don’t know a lot about real world programming, says Gemma Lloyd, engagement director at Diverse City Careers.

That is why most important for them is to see how graduates think and technically approach problems, how clean their code is, how quickly they can learn new concepts, and how they work as a team player

Employers will also want to know whether graduates participated in any side projects or developed new technologies they were not taught to use during University, in order to gauge their level of interest in a particular subject.

“One of the things companies pay attention to during interviews is around particular knowledge sets,” says Lloyd. “Currently there is a big demand for JavaScript, DevOps, Application and Mobile development skills.”

For technology specific courses, here are many free and low cost workshops being delivered by the likes of NodeGirls, Code like a Girl and ACS.

Organisations such as TechFugees bring together graduates, leaders in their field and newly arrived refugees to develop technological solutions to social problems, as a way to provide mentorship, and job pathways, make their arrival less traumatic and to provide much needed consultation on diverse communities and opportunities for commercialisation. TechFugees would be an excellent way for graduates to demonstrate to employers that they are engaging with diverse communities to find new ways to apply technology to improve their quality of life.

“Many organisations also run one-day hackathons which are great to get involved with and learn from people that aren’t in your immediate network,” says Lloyd.

Our applications for 2018 are now closed but there will be more opportunities in the future. Let us know you are still interested by registering here.

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