The Digital Skills Revolution Will Be Mobilised – a blog post by Cogs Agency’s technology team leader, Matt Challis
Whether you’re a technologist or a consumer — the future is definitely mobile. We are seeing a huge surge towards mobile- and tablet-based jobs (both freelance and permanent). Many of our clients are looking at completely re-engineering their web sites, and some of them tell us that they are planning on becoming near mobile and tablet exclusive in the not too distant future.
M-commerce is now. Finally after years of waiting, it seems to be coming to fruition. Retail is changing and thankfully for the better. Why has it taken so long? Consumers have been demanding it for ages. It has taken a while for companies to realise what you can do with technology. Now they know they can do it, m-commerce is being invested in heavily. Look at the advancements in RFID and NFC as an example, and these advancements have all come in a short space of time.
It won’t be long before you will be able to buy a pair of jeans, touch in on the underground and swipe for your groceries all on one device — and it won’t be restricted to one bank or credit card, or one mobile provider.
What does this mean in terms of career development? For one, it means there are lots of opportunities right now with cutting-edge M-commerce companies. It’s a great time to really future-proof your skillset by looking for permanent roles that will put you in the thick of M-commerce activity. For technologists, it’s all about HTML5, Java, and top-notch .Net skills. But more importantly, if you’re a technologist you should be thinking about securing solid development projects where you will have the opportunity to build something from start to finish. This will demonstrate advanced skills not just in development but also project management and will make you more attractive to potential hirers. In addition, you should always seek out projects with solid brands (or agencies working on solid brand clients). Large companies who are building technology teams are also a great place to join, especially from the ground-up.
If you’re looking for a new role or are interested in hearing about all the M-Commerce roles we’ve currently got on (and we have a lot of them with a range of excellent clients), please get in touch for a confidential chat.
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