With a skill shortage and an export sector that is ranked New Zealand’s third largest behind dairy and international tourism, career opportunities are rife for New Zealand tech professionals.
“You need to take charge of your career and put yourself in the driver’s seat, don’t just sit back and wait for things to happen”, says Grant Burley, Director, Absolute IT.
“Investing in yourself through professional development and certifications is key to climbing the career ladder.
“You’re demonstrating to potential employers you possess the desire to improve your skills and are an expert in your field.”
For those looking for an IT job across the country, Burley believes the benefits of investing in yourself are clear.
Figures from Absolute IT’s annual Remuneration Report show tech professionals with 10 years experience and a degree earn 12% more than those without a degree and the gap only increases as their careers progress.
For those wanting to tackle an industry certification or professional develop course, but aren’t sure where to start, Burley suggests DoBetter - New Zealand’s first training broker, offering free advice to help support ambitious professionals make their next career move.
“We’re proud to have partnered with DoBetter,” Burley adds. “They are a great resource that can support IT professionals take their skills to the next level, while up-skilling our tech workforce and helping to fill some of our skill shortage gaps.”
Burley claims DoBetter can help take a tech professional from being great at their job, to being able to confidently take on a role managing people, projects and big budgets.
“They can turn years of tech experience into a recognised qualification and help direct those wanting to upskill and complete IT certifications in the best direction,” he adds.
“When a job seeker is unsuccessful in their application for a role, we are often asked what they can do to ensure they nab the next role.
“DoBetter gives our team somewhere independent and reputable to direct those tech professionals wanting to upskill.”