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Myths & Facts – a Career in IT

Welcome to a Career in IT!
Welcome to the world of IT! Entrance to Google’s Office.

1. There will not be any job without being digital.

More jobs will indeed be digitalized with the majority of them automated but some of the existing jobs will be very hard to be replaced by robots. For example, mental health professionals, social workers, and occupational therapists. These jobs will be digitally assisted but will not disappear any time soon. Some of the jobs will not go away at all as they are just not economically viable to be performed by robots. And the timeline for humans to be “displaced” by a robot is at least twice the duration as recently estimated.

2. Everyone has to be highly educated, like graduating with a Master’s degree.

Education is important. Full stop. And learning should continue to take place. A Degree or a Master? Not anymore! Some of the top jobs offered today no longer require you to have a formal degree. And these big digital companies are leading the pack: Google, Apple, and Ernst & Young.

According to Josh Bersin, microlearning and “learning in the flow of work” will be the dominant knowledge transfer mediums going forward. Mr. Bersin is a world-known industry analyst and founder of Bersin, a leading provider of research-based membership programs in human resources, talent, and learning. This makes perfect sense! Let me ask those of you who graduated with an IT degree: How many details can you recollect on the Data Communications subject which you studied in the university? In fact, do you think it is even relevant to your job right now? In this era when we are information-overloaded, it is really not how much we have learned in the past but rather, it is about “what we need to know right now to get the job done the best way we could” that matters. This is what microlearning and “learning in the flow of work” systems such as WalkMe can help.

3. You have to write codes in everything that you do.

Codes will be the languages that communicate between digital components but you do not need to be a programmer unless you want to be one. However, I will still recommend everyone to know the basics of programming, at least learn one programming language, so that the robots can’t talk behind your back ;)! It will be a key differentiator in your career, and life, as you will learn how things work digitally at the programming level. But let me repeat – you do not need to do programming to do well in your digital career. I know many of you will now waive a sign of relief as programming isn’t everyone’s cup of tea!

4. Everyone needs to be a geek!

Not quite so. In fact, the opposite is true – soft skills have now become even more crucial for you to succeed in a digital career! The digital era has created enormous opportunities and challenges. Some soft skills are critical for you to remain relevant and to contribute effectively in this fast-paced setting. You must have the ability to work and communicate across geographical and cultural boundaries. Another important skill is the ability to work in ambiguous environments that change rapidly and demand you to constantly innovate, think creatively and outside the box. Last but not least will be teamwork: the ability to work with people with different expertise and people of all levels. But if you are a geek – that’s fine too! It is just who you are and a geek will certainly have a place in this digital world!

5. It is all about fancy digital projects

Okay, everyone is aiming to be a Data Scientist, AI specialist, etc. but there are other essential roles which technology needs in order to be operational and performing! Take a soccer team as an example. We not only need strikers but we need someone to be the goalkeeper and defenders too! So not all will be Lionel Messi but it does not mean that you can’t be Gianluigi Buffon or Virgil van Dijk! All these will get clear in the strengths framework which I will guide you through.

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