Thursday, 23 April 2015

4 Top IT Career Opportunities in 2015

Transitioning from college to career is not always easy, and this is especially true for recent college graduates.

Software jobs, in particular, have become a major focus of interest among the youth because of its challenging and lucrative nature.  While most of these jobs require a Bachelor’s degree at entry level, further qualifications - a diploma, degree or certification enhances the prospects for the IT career aspirant.

Let’s take a look at some of the highest paying software jobs in the IT field in India:

Software Consultants
Software consultants provide advice and solutions to IT clients on how to enhance their current systems or build new software systems. They generally do performance assessment of client’s current business and its existing software systems. Then they devise strategic plans and offer solutions for implementation of new systems or processes which can fulfil client’s business objectives.

Application Architect
The field of Application Architect is different from that of the Software Engineer or Software Developer. The role of an Application Architect is to use a broader view of the overall software architecture footing of an organization. Along with this, they also handle project management and software development in order to design and create applications that help serve the purpose. All this is carried out by strictly adhering to the organization’s software policies and ethics.

Software Development Manager/Senior Engineer
The basic qualification required for this position is a degree or diploma in software development and application. The roles and responsibilities include managing resources associated with various software projects. A software developer can work on wide spectrum of projects; from financial or information databases to manufacturing robotics, or on embedded software (consumer electronics, mobile apps etc.). As a Software Development Engineer, it is important to be up to date with the latest advancements in technology and, contribute to technical design.  With experience, one can move into related areas or into project management, planning and research.

Mobile Application Developer
With a plethora of mobile development platforms, There has been an exponential growth and the need for mobile applications which has further led to an increasing demand for mobile application developers. The past 3 years has seen rapid growth and the trend is expected to intensify further. A mobile application developer can either work individually or as a part of a team. There are some mobile application developers who offer specialized services, i.e. they develop applications exclusively for iOS, Android or Windows platform exclusively.

The IT sector in India has emerged as the most lucrative sector in India, followed by Finance. It is showing growth and expansion like never before. The IT arena has been attracting a lot of young talent chiefly because of better prospects and amazing pay packages. So take your pick of a dream career and we wish you all the very best!


Top 10 Skills you need to be a good Java Developer

Java Development or Java Programming career involves high level of programming knowledge and long hard working hours. Java professionals are recruited in organizations where Information Technology plays a major role, especially companies that deal with website development, database designing, software testing, cell phone programming, internet or intranet designing etc.

Here are the 10 things you can do to become a sought-after Java Programmer:
  1. Keep coding: To begin with, learn the basics. Go through a tutorial, do the exercises, and as you go through the lessons, try writing a code. While writing, make sure you understand each line. Write code on paper which has a good chance of compiling. Write/copy-paste same piece of code/configuration again and again. Keeping configuration snippets like, jdbc configuration etc. and utilities like StringUtils, ReflectionUtils, DBUtils – these are always helpful.
  2. Build a strong foundation in OOPS:  For a Java Developer having strong understanding of Object Oriented Programming (OOP) is a must. Without having a strong foundation on OOPS, one can't realize the beauty of an Object Oriented Programming language like Java.
  3. Practice, practice, practice and follow technology trends: Look out for new framework and stay updated. Write a simple client server TCP service such as chat or read up on Design Patterns and try to use them. You can learn when they help and don't help. Study the source code of various successful, popular frameworks where you can see the internal working mechanism of the framework and lot of best practices.
  4. Keep solving problems:  All software is designed to solve some user problem and a wide array of smaller problems that make it up. As a good Java developer you should understand the class loading process and how it works, have an understanding of garbage collection, when is it triggered and even know how to minimize it. Know when to use design patterns such as Singleton, Factory, Fly-weight, Builder, Object Pool, Iterator, Strategy, Visitor and Composite.
  5. Master the core APIs: You may be strong in theoretical knowledge, but one should have very strong hands on experience on core APIs like java.lang.*, I/O, Exceptions, etc. And when it comes to Web application development, no matter which framework you are using, having strong knowledge on Servlets, JSPs is a must.
  6. Participate in conversations: When you start working on a new technology the best and first thing to do is, subscribing to technology forums. Whatever the issue you are facing, someone else might have already faced it earlier and might have found the solution. Follow good blogs and respond/comment on posts with your opinion. Enthusiastic technology freaks share different perspectives of same technology on blogs.
  7. Display an ability to deal with people: Beside technological skills, a Java developer should possess a set of personality traits. As a software developer you should be able to effectively deal with other developers, managers, and even customers.
  8. Possess excellent written and communication skills: As a good Java Developer you should build upon research and analytical skills, problem solving and lateral thinking ability to challenge, conceptualize, and recommend simpler, improved, and alternative solution(s) within your team. After all, you need to deliver results.
  9. Reflect your leadership skills: Being a good leader, listener and mentor with ability to provide advice and feedback, share knowledge, face challenges, handle pressure, and admit mistakes.
  10. Keep going: There is always something to learn. Never stop reading. Create a personal brand for yourself and build a reputation for yourself in the industry. Take part in software and architectural development activities. Set aside time to practice your skills and to write code and build things. 
There is no such magic or a quick fix that can make one a good Java Developer. The basic thing to do is to follow a step-by-step method to reach a point of proficiency, and one day you will be there, as a good developer.

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