A lot of IT companies are predicting the growth of their business in the next 5 years without taking into account the growth in the corresponding increase in HR. Enterprises today onboard skilled if not multi-skilled individuals. It is no more about taking in employees to keep them sticking with just one skill all throughout their career.
With the increase in automation and introduction of high-end technologies, employers require individuals who are trained in the latest technologies. Also, the fresher recruitment in campuses does not come anywhere close to the number of engineering graduates every year. This is why, the ONLY cure to even start off, stay on, grow and flourish in the destructive IT market of the IT industry is to upskill, cross-skill, reskill and also move employees to expert skill.
Here is a look at what we mean:
Improving the proficiency levels of employees to help them perform beyond their existing responsibilities is termed as cross-skilling. As per recent recruitment trends, employees who can work on multiple technologies are preferred over students having hefty credentials or mastery over just one technology. This is because the work environment is highly volatile and thus there is a constant shift in modern job roles.
So cross-skilling has been considered a big plus as such employees gain a better understanding of the process from start to finish. The process increases the sense of job satisfaction and employees are trusted to take on other roles and responsibilities.
Technologies have short shelf-life and IT companies adapt to the latest changes as fast as they can. Organsations also look forward to onboard employees who posses hands-on training in those trending technologies. But most importantly, recruiters look for the learning agility in their future employees so that they can stay on top of the learning and development activities in the organisations. This help the organisation make the best out of the technologies and infrastructure they invest in.
Ground realities suggest that changes in technology has been taking place faster than any application for changes in the curriculum reaches the education board. This is why it is important that freshers and working professionals regularly upskill by taking organisation or self funded programs to stay employable.
One many have a thorough knowledge of a specific technology but to be a leader in the area, one should become a true expert in translating business strategies into high impact technological solutions. Reskilling helps individuals sharpen their business acumen and analytic skills.
A lot of leaders in the industry became obsolete after a certain period of time because they did not bother to reskill. Reskilling is key to growth in the IT industry. It helps one transform technology to meet new business priorities, which is finally what every IT company is looking for. Leadership positions are no longer the sole proprietorship of the MBAs. When you get into the habit of reskilling at regular intervals, you are most likely going to land yourself in a leadership position!
While cross skilling is the spreading of skillset breadth wise, expert skilling is going in deep. Getting hands-on experience in technology while solving real-world problems under the guidance of industry experts has been the standard way of learning. A thorough expert means a project well taken care of. Experts at a technology is seen as an asset to organisations.
The scaling in companies is another issue – whether its down scaling or up-scaling, an individual who is cross-skilled, upskilled, expert skilled or reskilled is expected to thrive!
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