|By Brendhan Malone,
Vice-President, Central Canada at Eagle
Looking for new development skills to remain competitive in your field? Perhaps Rapid Application Development and Front-End Design are in your future.
An interesting question in mapping out your career and determining what skills are most important for you involves both an evaluation, through research and data analysis, of the current market as well as what is coming next. None of us have a crystal ball, but there are certain trends and information out there that can give us a better understanding of what is coming.
Over the last decade we have seen an incredible amount of development work move overseas. Heavy development lifts are being completed in countries where labour costs are a fraction of what it would cost to do it here. Employers in Canada are no longer looking for consultants to sit behind a desk and code, that work has predominantly left the country.
As the Agile Methodology grows in popularity and consumers move to the mobile space, having the technical skills combined with an understanding of marketing and brand objectives of the end client will make you in high demand. What employers want now are collaborative, creative developers with an acute understanding of marketing and sales objectives who can work in a team environment.
Do you have the skills required to stay competitive and relevant in Canada’s fast-paced development space? If not, it may be time to take an inventory of your skills — hard and soft — and refresh or upgrade those that are lacking.