Technology Employment at Ubiqum
The ongoing digital transformation is becoming a prevalent trend across companies of all sizes and industries. While not a new concept—originating in the 1980s as computerization—it has significantly evolved since the internet’s inception, growing rapidly in speed and scale. The proliferation of customer-centric apps and complex Software as a Service (SaaS) platforms has transformed virtually every job into a digital role.
Across departments like sales, marketing, finance, and logistics, to name few, two defining traits are prevalent:
- A functional application facilitating the digitalization and automation of tasks, eliminating low-value manual processes to optimize workflow efficiency.
- An extensive and diverse dataset about the business, empowering insightful analysis pivotal for informed decision-making.
The convergence of these elements necessitates professionals to acquire a distinct set of digital skills, currently lacking in many.
Professionals equipped with the ability to streamline processes and conduct comprehensive data analysis are much better positioned to achieve accelerated career growth.
Individuals seeking digital profile transformation at Ubiqum typically fall into two categories:
- Those opting to transition from their existing roles to embark on a fresh career path as Web Developers or Data Analysts, signaling a substantial re-skilling and a new chapter in their professional journey.
- Individuals seeking to elevate their current career trajectory by acquiring additional digital competencies, intending to augment their professional prospects within their current organizational contexts.
Both pathways demand an investment of time and resources, with the anticipation of future dividends, including augmented remuneration, enhanced job satisfaction, expanded career opportunities, or a confluence of these outcomes.
Since our inception in 2016, Ubiqum has observed significant changes in the market, particularly in two fundamental aspects:
- The demand for tech profiles remains high, albeit less so than eight years ago, with recruiters becoming notably more stringent in their requirements.
- There’s an abundance of courses available in the market, with the number of Code Academies having multiplied tenfold. Despite no intention to belittle anyone, the overall quality of these courses has significantly deteriorated. Moreover, the competitive pricing in the market can sometimes lead students into making misleading decisions.
The promise of securing a well-paid job after completing a few hours of classes and acquiring basic programming knowledge is inherently false.
While effective training is crucial for professional advancement, there are additional factors that need careful consideration during one’s personal digital transformation journey.
At Ubiqum, we’ve devised an Employability Index utilized with our students, comprising the following primary components:
A. Developed Technical Skills: Each institution should possess a set list of these skills aligned with market demands. However, a student’s competence in these areas is a necessary but not sufficient factor for employability.
B. Professional Mindset: Learning a few programming skills is just the start, akin to grasping the syntax and grammar of a new language without the ability to hold a conversation. Ubiqum’s project-based approach empowers students to develop highly valued professional skills essential for contemporary business processes.
Consider the following questions:
- Clarity of Objectives: Do I rapidly grasp the objective when given a task?
- Process Understanding: Can I swiftly grasp the associated workflow when executing a task?
- Models and Concepts: Can I effortlessly apply new concepts (mental models) within the context of the objective and workflow (we prefer not to term it as ‘theory’) Am I capable of clearly and succinctly describing what I’ve done and how I’ve done it?
- Collaboration / Teamwork: Do I enjoy assisting colleagues when needed?
The distinction between learning to code and becoming a junior developer, as seen in Ubiqum’s students upon course completion, is notably evident.
Difficulty in Finding Employment: The Employability Index
However, to be frank, there’s a second dimension to consider. Finding employment poses varying levels of difficulty due to specific elements directly affecting the candidate. It’s crucial to be aware of these elements to meticulously plan actions for a successful management process.
A. Work Permit: To secure employment in any country, one needs to either be a citizen or possess a work permit. Not having this permit significantly complicates market access. Seemingly trivial, many capable and motivated individuals, as foreign newcomers, often lack the necessary permit.
B. Age: Fair or not, age has an impact on the process. A younger candidate often aligns better with junior position requirements, whereas an older candidate must leverage their prior experience. While age isn’t a barrier, it’s a crucial factor that must be managed effectively.
C. English Proficiency: The technology domain operates in English for two reasons. Firstly, most resources and manuals are available only in English. Secondly, technology teams within large companies typically operate across multiple countries, using English as the common language. Although not insurmountable, higher English proficiency correlates with reduced employment challenges.
D. Relevant Academic Background: Reflecting on the value of foundational academic education and its market worth, it’s evident that in programming and application development, anyone can learn and find employment. Recruiters focus less on educational background and more on programming expertise in languages relevant to the company.
However, the field of data analysis follows a different paradigm. Here, recruiters prioritize a technical background with a strong mathematical foundation (physics, mathematics, or engineering), followed by business-related experience. Individuals lacking this foundational knowledge face increased challenges securing their initial job as a data analyst.
Thus, the combination of these two dimensions generates a matrix with four quadrants:
- High Employability and Low Difficulty: Individuals likely to swiftly find work. For a web developer, an example would be a person aged 25-30, possessing some professional experience, a higher education degree in any discipline, and a proficient level of English after completing a good course. This profile is 100% employable. For a Data Analyst, an ideal profile would entail a person aged 25-30 with a STEM background and a good level of English proficiency.
- High Employability and High Difficulty: Similar to the previous profile but lacking one or several difficulty points like age, work permit, or English proficiency. The further from the ideal criteria, the higher the difficulty in finding employment.
- Low Employability and Low Difficulty: Individuals with no formal academic background and limited professional experience but who meet the first three difficulty requirements: age, English proficiency, and work permit. A solid web development course can lead to good employment, whereas data analytics poses a more challenging path.
- Low Employability and High Difficulty: Clearly the most challenging profile, one that the reader can easily discern from the contrast with the previous three.
Based on their position in the matrix, each individual, in collaboration with their career advisor, must devise a personalized employment strategy. At Ubiqum, we have successful cases across all quadrants.
We discuss difficulties, not insurmountable barriers, signifying that hard work and strong commitment can work wonders. When a student diligently applies themselves and is resolute in beginning a new career despite encountered challenges, they eventually succeed.
Securing a job after participating in one of our programs is a 50/50 scenario. We cannot guarantee employment if you do not diligently engage in the entire process and are aware of your strengths, weaknesses, and the level of progress and achievement within the program.
Any institution claiming otherwise, assuring employment regardless of the candidate’s profile, is misleading.