Is there a chance to turn e-skills into jobs?

Aleksandra Nikolova is working on her own internet start-up company. A few years ago, she decided to quit university because she wasn’t convinced she was learning any practical skills. « There are lots of young people who are just finishing university, they can’t find a job because of lack of experience and they are disappointed with reality, » says Aleksandra. 

But there are plenty of young people with excellent skills in programming, design or social marketing. Aleksandra is convinced there is a chance to turn those e-skills into jobs. In her free time, Aleksandra runs a website publicising business opportunities in the digital economy. Her site won an award during e-skills week, a campaign supported by the European Commission whose aim is to promote IT careers for young people. Aleksandra welcomes such initiatives: 
« Young people use the internet mostly for pleasure, » she says. « They are searching for normal jobs, things that they find normal, they are not willing to take risks, and everything that is new for them is kind of a risk in their mind. There is, however, a growing number of young people in Sofia willing to take risks. » It’s now up to this dynamic new generation to show the way using their skills and creativity to turn ideas into reality.

How to build your career in IT

The best technology jobs are never jobs that get posted publicly. You might hear about them through a friend or someone you meet at a networking event, but you aren’t likely to find them posted on a job board. So how do you build a career in IT when the best stuff is hiding in plain sight? You need to have a passion for technology.
There are many paths to a career in IT, including formal education and personal training programs, but no matter how skilled you are, the best jobs are found through relationships. But should you specialize or go for that more well-rounded approach? Can you learn once and expect to carry yourself through to retirement? How does your personal brand impact your ability to have a career in IT? Can what you say on YouTube today impact your ability to get a job in IT tomorrow?
Bobby Knight, SVP at Modis, provides perspective on how to build a great career in IT.

The 10 most demanding jobs in IT

According to Emerson Network Power, the following jobs are the most demanding ones in the IT area:

1. Executive director/administrator
2. IT procurement
3. CIO
4. IT manager/director
5. IT operations
6. Data center manager
7. Engineering
8. IT security
9. Applications/software development
10. Database management

800 IT professionals from the U.S.,
Asia, Europe and Latin America were interviewed in the course of this study. Those persons represent seventeen work roles and eighteen
industries (50 to more than 10,000 employees).

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