Graduates with AI and Machine Learning Skills Are In-Demand
Updated November 15 2023 - 74 per cent of employers looking for tech skills in graduates want them to be competent in AI and Machine learning according to a GMAC survey.
Beyond the demand for AI (Artificial Intelligence), the survey of top firms showed that no fewer than 80 per cent of companies are actively looking for recruits with technical expertise in Web3, blockchain, and virtual reality. In addition, 75 per cent of these businesses are emphasising the importance of proficiency in operating cloud-based technology.
Nalisha Patel, Europe Regional Director at the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) said:
"We are witnessing a significant transformation in the hiring landscape, with a clear shift towards the prioritisation of cutting-edge technologies in recruitment. As technology continues to shape the future workplace, it not only changes how we work, what skills we need to be successful, but also it impacts with who we work with too."
Want to know more? Read on to learn what the top IT jobs are and find out some creative questions you can ask during the interview.
Companies generate more data than at any other point in the history of computing. Big companies have data about your every move, such as where you shop and what you purchase. Your organization may have data about website analytics or customer data.
There are two very different positions when it comes to handling data. The first is a data engineer. They're largely responsible for the storage and development of data structures.
They take the data collected and create processes to allow you to access the data you need, such as create an easy to use dashboard.
A data analyst is another data handler. Their job is to take the data collected and turn it into actionable information. They'll generate reports and make presentations to the executive team, turning the massive amount of data into a neat package.
That gives the executive team the answers they need to make strategic decisions.
In larger office environments, IT has typically been approached in a way to just get things to work.
Itís like setting up a home office and having wires all over the place. There's no real design or purpose to it, other than getting the network to work.
What happens with this approach is that when things break down, IT support will take a bandage approach to fix the problem. Down the road, you have dozens of bandages solutions without much organization.
This will create a cumbersome network that's slow and not set up to meet your company goals.
The job of the enterprise architect changes all of that. They take the lead of the IT department and work with your executive team to design an infrastructure that is geared to meet company objectives.
You're very likely to hear about cybersecurity at your company. It's a huge issue as companies large and small are targeted every day.
Even†government organizations†have become victims of attacks, costing thousands in taxpayer dollars.
You have valuable data, such as payment information and customer data. Hackers find great value in that data and they can make money off of it.
Your company has to treat this as an existential threat to business. A cybersecurity expert can't fully prevent an attack from happening.
They will develop plans and policies around the detection and response to cyberattacks.
Artificial Intelligence Engineer
This is an emerging field in the world of IT. An artificial intelligence engineer takes algorithms and tries to automate processes to mimic or predict behavior.
An example of artificial intelligence in action†is Google. You perform a search on that site at least once a day. Google's algorithm uses artificial intelligence to deliver search results.
The company also works on many different AI projects. Youíll see the demand for AI engineers in every industry from marketing to healthcare.
Interviewing Tech Candidates
Did you know that you could be using artificial intelligence in the HR process? Programs that scan resumes for keywords are run by AI.
Once you identify candidates for the job, you'll want to bring them in for the interview. You'll want to ask them the standard questions to make sure they are a good cultural fit with the company.
You may have a candidate that is looking for an entry-level position. They may be a great fit for your company, but you may not have an open position at the time. You can†learn more†about ways to help them find a job that's a better fit for them.
You need to make sure that they have the right technical background as well. Here are a few questions that you can ask your IT candidates.
Explain a Technical Concept to Me
Your IT hire is going to be working across all departments in your organization. That's especially true for a data analyst and enterprise architect.
These positions require presentation and storytelling skills. The candidates should be able to distill highly technical information into everyday language. You donít want to hire a candidate who answers in a way that makes your eyes glaze over because itís too technical.
Tell Me About Your Troubleshooting Process
It's inevitable that things are going to go wrong with technology. Networks might go down, systems may be breached or printers may not work.
Each candidate should have a way of troubleshooting these issues efficiently. They should also be able to communicate to your team how these issues get resolved.
You may have a candidate that is looking for an entry-level position. They may be a great fit for your company, but you may not have an open position at the time. You can learn more about ways to help them find a job that's a better fit for them.
The Top IT Jobs for Your Company
Just about every business relies on technology to function. You may be an HR professional working in a large or small organization, but the need for IT staff is critical to keep your company running.
There are dozens of different IT positions to learn about. These top IT jobs are growing in need because they have several different ways of impacting your organization. The growing trend is to align IT with an organization's broader strategic objectives.
The right person will be able to merge these two things with ease.
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