CompTIA identified five key skills that businesses are looking for to help expedite digital transformation, and surprisingly, few of them had to do with hardware or software. Of those polled, 39 percent of companies cited analytical skills as well as innovation and problem-solving, 37 percent also listed flexibility, 34 percent included project management in that list and 31 percent point to teamwork.
And as a recent graduate, that’s good news -- employers aren’t expecting you to have hardware or software experience under your belt, but rather, a slew of soft skills that prove you’re up for the challenge of digital transformation.
“Having grown up as digital natives, these candidates have a more intuitive ability to adapt to new technologies and troubleshoot issues when they enter the workforce. Their learning curve is much smaller, providing them an excellent opportunity to make an impact quickly,” says Richardson.
Security needs are everywhere
Along with digital transformation, businesses are staring to zero in on improving security as data breaches become more prevalent in the business world. In fact, the role of cybersecurity analyst experienced the most growth out of any other IT role, according to CompTIA’s research. And businesses have shifted their view of security -- it’s “no longer narrowly defined in the traditional sense of firewalls and antivirus, but rather, a broad suite of tools and safeguards designed to combat the ever-expanding universe of security threats,” according to the study.
Even if the IT role you have your eye on doesn’t focus on security, security will still be a part of your job, so it’s important to emphasize any relevant skills. “When I interview a candidate, I am interested in knowing if the candidate knows why security is important, how the candidate may apply different types of security to different types of data -- such as login password security versus PII (personally identifiable information) – and if there are ways to have different types of access rights depending on your role in the company,” says Richardson.
If you’re trying to get into an IT role with a security focus, you’ll also want to ensure that you demonstrate a take-charge attitude around security, according to the study. Businesses want someone who understands security in a deeper way than “firewalls and anti-virus.” Security is now more about compliance, data privacy, getting ahead of hackers and hiring someone who can help other non-tech executives understand intricate technology. Employers are also looking towards the future, with an eye on emerging trends like IoT, artificial intelligence, autonomous cars and drones, which “loom large as regulatory bodies have a number of thorny issues to work through,” according to CompTIA’s data.
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