Future-proof your skills to gain an edge as an engineer

The impact of the pandemic on the economy and the layoffs that occurred overshadowed the other good things that happened in 2022. Most companies introduced flexible working hours, and the focus shifted to upskilling and reskilling employees. Academic institutions have also increasingly adopted an experiential learning approach to meet the industry demands. In addition to developing technical problem-solving skills, colleges now recognize that an engineer must have effective communication skills, the ability to work in a team, and creative thinking to shine in the workplace. Here are some of the special career options that will focus in 2023 based on the learnings gained in the past year:

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Using data

Web developers will be important in 2023. These are the people behind all the online content we use every day, including social media and business websites. There is a growing need for front-end developers and full-stack developers as more and more people start using the internet.

Many different cloud computing career options (cloud systems engineer, cloud administrator, cloud network engineer, cloud consultant) have emerged in the market as more businesses shift from their traditional data center strategy to cloud-based services.

Businesses all over the world produce enormous amounts of transaction data, log files, web server data, and other customer-related data. Social networking sites also produce a huge amount of data. Companies need data analysts to leverage the data generated and spot unnoticed trends.

Careers in artificial intelligence and machine learning (machine learning engineer, data scientist, NLP scientist) are no longer in the future, they are already here. The value of specific tools and approaches to create blockchain-oriented software is also growing. As the world needs engineers (blockchain project managers, blockchain programmers) who can create blockchain-based software to manipulate and regulate its usage, it is a significant trend that will have an impact on software engineers.

Doing the metaverse

Various companies have begun to explore the immersive, three-dimensional properties of metaverse reality. These must be created with certain design sensibilities. The designers who will be responsible for building the worlds that users of the metaverse will explore will be an asset.

Today’s emphasis will be on developing a stable but meaningful career choice, and in this sense, nothing will reward candidates as highly as investing in strengthening the fundamental skills for these high-paying jobs.

The writer is Associate Professor, School of Engineering and Technology, BML Munjal University.


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