A colleague of mine recited a story about his 8 year old grand-daughter handing him a stationary phone and saying, “Grandpa, how do I end this call?” Now, if that isn’t a sign of the time, I am not sure what is. In a time when the global economy has been slightly stagnant and employment opportunities have been less than available in many areas, one category has shown itself to be nearly recession proof and that is the mobility market. Whether it be in IT, graphics design, ideation, programming, marketing, sales, sales engineering, systems engineering or any other relevant business role there are jobs and lots of them in the mobility segment. The mobility is on Fire! Those in the field might say, ‘no kidding,’ but those that aren’t should be made aware of current and future career opportunities. Check out the facts that will keep you employed. Corporate America is still trying to catch up with the expectation of both the youthful generation that grew up with mobility as well as those savvy smartphone users across all generations. There is a gap in skills and this is where YOU can fill this gap, if you are interested.
Most US and Canadian households have one if not more people that own mobile devices — usually smartphones. Statistically the number of users will grow significantly over the next 5 years. If you are interested in riding the wave gain insigt into the market, develop your skills and go forward and apply for a job. In some cases it is easier than you think. Take for example sales engineering roles. You don’t always need to know the mobility market. Some of your current skills are portable whether it be knowledge of MS SQL or relational databases, basic network and security protocols, html, java or other programming skills, these are portable. This also applies to sales. If you have an understanding and proven track record of selling SaaS or complex software solutions, these skills are also portable. If you are a recent college graduate and have a computer science degree many companies have graduate programs for engineers. Others have graduate programs for communication majors or other majors that want to get started in an entry level role in sales through a sales development role.
Where are the jobs? Seek out companies that offer mobile application development platforms, mobile security solutions, mobile testing solutions, mobility management solutions and many more as they are hiring. Work with IT recruiting firms to help you find the best company and the best job for you. Recruiting agencies know the hundreds of companies hiring, the culture, role requirements, compensation and future career growth opportunites.