We are living in an age of great possibility, the World has been transformed by the Computer revolution in last 50 years and it has just started!
India has reaped the benefits of the IT revolution in last 30 years – generating 2.5 million direct employment, and indirectly employing 8.9 million people and expecting to add another 300000 in year 2015.
To give you a short Description of IT industry, below are the excerpts from Wikipedia:
Information technology in India is an industry consisting of two major components: IT services and business process outsourcing (BPO). The sector has increased its contribution to India’s GDP from 1.2% in 1998 to 7.5% in 2012. According to NASSCOM, the sector aggregated revenues of US$147 billion in 2015, where export revenue stood at US$99 billion and domestic at US$48 billion, growing by over 13%.India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has started ‘Digital India’ project to give IT a secured position inside & outside India.
India, the fourth largest base for young businesses in the world and home to 3,000 tech start-ups, is set to increase its base to 11,500 tech start-ups by 2020, as per a report by Nasscom and Zinnov Management Consulting Pvt Ltd.
Just cloud (SMAC) collectively provide a US$ 1 trillion opportunity!!
So the opportunities are Large and to achieve success in career in IT, it becomes imperative that you familiarize yourself with the expectations of the employers of the industry, optimum career growth and satisfaction is invariable a result of a good match between the expectations of the employers and the skills and attributes that you possess.
Skills are developed as a result of training and practice, attributes can be termed as one’s personality characteristics, and apart from technical skills the industry places great stress on acquisition of soft skills like good Communication, listening abilities, empathy and interpersonal relationships.
Today the focus is on customer, and in such a scenario it becomes imperative that one communicate well with clients and stakeholders including internal Customers (Employees).
These include building rapport, constructive feedback, sensitivity and cooperation for a successful relationship in long run. The very nature of the industry demands logical reasoning especially for IT Software projects, right from the stage of visualization, planning, designing, coding, testing and packaging. One must be able to break down a problem into small solvable chunks and demonstrate the relationship between information and data.
What Are Employers Looking For?
1. Technical versatility
With rapidly changing technology, new applications are emerging bringing new hardware and software platforms. In such scenario, employers tend to prefer persons who demonstrate technical versatility, one must have to be in touch with the latest development and changing trends in IT.
2. Communication, Listening & Presentation skills
Good Communication skills are vital for almost every role in IT, be it in education and training, customer support, planning for content, coverage, presentation style and final delivery, one has to be clear about the objective and know the audience profile beforehand.
3. Flexibility and Adaptability
The ability to perform a variety of task, changing assignments on short notice and willingness to modify plans and behavior when necessary to meet the goal is an important aspect in adaptation. Work environment keeps changing and so does the role in IT, one may be given different role in IT, and each role may involve different set of activities. In this context employers prefer people who demonstrate flexibility and adaptability.
4. Co-operation and Collaboration, Team Spirit
Team building is also an important attribute, one should be able to work well with other people and take time out to help each other in need and in process help the company achieve its targets.