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1, 2, 3… Splash! Start Working in IT

09/05/19 4 min. read

When you’ve decided to take the plunge in the IT sector, you tend to be filled with expectations and lacking clues on how to start. The network is filled with open positions and analysts point out that only in Spain, around 10k jobs related with IT were being offered in 2018. But, how? What? Why? These are the main questions that may accompany you before deciding to enter this world.

One of the main premises to take the plunge is to know that most enterprises have great difficulties finding adequate candidates to occupy IT positions, which is kind of contradictory when you look at the current unemployment rate in Spain. But the most wanted profiles are STEM ones (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) and these are skills that companies lack nowadays.

stem careers (science, technology, engineering, mathematics)

Which are the most requested roles in technology

Just like STEM education is key, the next step is knowing which roles are being demanded: Cybersecurity, Agile, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, Cloud… Knowing what’s being looked for the most will help you decide where to orientate your career, without losing sight of what you like and enjoy doing. Once you have made the decision, it is crucial to acquire knowledge from this particular field, either by Postgraduate studies, specialized courses or lectures and events filled with experts. This will differentiate you from other profiles and also make you a highly employable professional.

IT Sector offers a great deal of roles and fields, and this may help you to answer your professional concerns: there is not a sole way to access to this sector, nor established paths. In order to take the plunge you have to be flexible, you need to be able to adjust and be up to date with everything related with IT. Technology evolves rapidly and you can become obsolete quite quickly. Plus, nowadays, changes in the working environment are common and they require you to be able to take on to new projects, challenges and functions.

Knowing what’s being looked for the most will help you decide where to orientate your career, without losing sight of what you like and enjoy doing

Enterprises that hire IT profiles

Before you start, you need to know where to head to, IT professionals are not just needed in companies within the technological sector but also other fields that require these profiles in order to launch projects related with digitalization or to develop projects within start-ups.

One of the fields that requests these kind of profiles more is the Banking Sector. New technologies have changed their client’s profile and the financial sector faces a digitalization process that requires them to hire profiles to achieve it. Professionals can therefore develop their activity in a sector that’s converting to give answer to a new reality. Projects are therefore launched to be innovative and with resources, which offers learning, development and growth opportunities.

people working within an innovative projects

One of the most wanted profiles within the Banking System is Cybersecurity: Security Engineers, Cybersecurity Auditor, Ethical Hackers, Forensic, Incident Handlers… to carry out these roles you must have specialized training and the ability to self-educate and be up to date with everything.

Once you have taken the plunge, you need to get rid of all bias: preconceived ideas don’t help but knowing the company you’re about to join does. Therefore, it is crucial to have all kinds of information, whether it is the one you found or the one people in your hiring process gave you.

5 advices to start working in IT

  • Get to know the most common profiles the IT Sector wants and the enterprises that hire these profiles. You can already start off your list with us 🙂
  • Decide where to orientate your professional path according to your priorities and concerns.
  • Acquire specialized training in the field you want your career to be developed in.
  • Be flexible and work with your adaptability skills.
  • Update your field of knowledge and all new technological trends that may affect you or your work.

Once you’re in, you just have to move your arms and legs and start swimming!

gema cano

Gemma Cano

Santander Global Tech

Human Resources professional, IT selection & sourcing specialised. Presently working as a HR Business Partner at the technology area of the Santander Group. I can describe myself as a positive, colaborative and oriented towards results person.


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