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Hard and Soft skills:
be successful in the IT market
Davide Benvegnù
@davidebenvegnu
Who am I
DAVIDE BENVEGNU’
 Managing Director & CTO – DBTek Ltd
 Microsoft MVP in Visual Studio ALM
 Member of DotNetToscana e GetLatestVersion communities
 Next: Founder of DotNetHongKong? Microsoft User Group (MUG)?
 Developer, Consultant, Speaker, Trainer…
 GitHub (n3wt0n) – NuGet (DBTek) – SlideShare (n3wt0n)
@davidebenvegnu – www.davidebenvegnu.com – blog-eng.dbtek.it
GetLatestVersion
My story – 12+ years of experience in IT
 1° job (not yet graduated): Computer science teacher for a private school
 System Administrator in the biggest regional IT company
 Analyst & Developer in a small Software House
 Head of Development (became shareholder)
 Technical Lead
 Team Leader in the biggest Italian Service Provider
 International Development Manager (3 teams across Europe)
 Started my company in Italy – DBTek.it
 Started my company in Hong Kong – DBTek Ltd
 Director and CTO
Hard vs Soft
HARD SKILLS
• Teachable abilities, can be learned
in school and from books
• Easy for an employer or recruiter to
recognize
• They remain the same, no matter
for the situation and environment
SOFT SKILLS
• Subjective skills
• Interpersonal skills
• They change and depend on the
situation and environment
• You can read about them, but the
only school is the life
Hard vs Soft: examples
HARD SKILLS
• Proficiency in a foreign language
• Computer programming
• Typing speed
• Electronic devices building
SOFT SKILLS
• Teamwork
• Communication
• Time Management
• Public Speaking
Hard skills: what to achieve
TECHNICAL SKILLS
 Quantity vs Quality
 Broad adoption vs Market niche
 Market requests
 HK market: full stack developer
 EU market: FE or BE developer
Hard skills: what to achieve
OTHER SKILLS
 Foreign languages
 English at least
 The more, the best
Soft skills: what to achieve
 Teamwork
 Good Teamwork skills lead you to be a good Team Leader
 Good communication
 Public speaking helps
 Open-mindedness
 Humbleness
 I’m the best developer in the world, no one can do what I do 
 Perseverance
Other
 Be active in communities, user groups and meetups
 Share your knowledge
 Learn from others’ know how
 Meet people from different places, with different stories and different background
 Be always proactive, don’t be passive
Q & A
Ask and I will answer…
…maybe
THANK YOU
Hard and Soft skills: be successful in the IT market
Davide Benvegnù
@davidebenvegnu

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Hard and Soft skills: be successful in the IT market

  • 1. Hard and Soft skills: be successful in the IT market Davide Benvegnù @davidebenvegnu
  • 2. Who am I DAVIDE BENVEGNU’  Managing Director & CTO – DBTek Ltd  Microsoft MVP in Visual Studio ALM  Member of DotNetToscana e GetLatestVersion communities  Next: Founder of DotNetHongKong? Microsoft User Group (MUG)?  Developer, Consultant, Speaker, Trainer…  GitHub (n3wt0n) – NuGet (DBTek) – SlideShare (n3wt0n) @davidebenvegnu – www.davidebenvegnu.com – blog-eng.dbtek.it GetLatestVersion
  • 3. My story – 12+ years of experience in IT  1° job (not yet graduated): Computer science teacher for a private school  System Administrator in the biggest regional IT company  Analyst & Developer in a small Software House  Head of Development (became shareholder)  Technical Lead  Team Leader in the biggest Italian Service Provider  International Development Manager (3 teams across Europe)  Started my company in Italy – DBTek.it  Started my company in Hong Kong – DBTek Ltd  Director and CTO
  • 4. Hard vs Soft HARD SKILLS • Teachable abilities, can be learned in school and from books • Easy for an employer or recruiter to recognize • They remain the same, no matter for the situation and environment SOFT SKILLS • Subjective skills • Interpersonal skills • They change and depend on the situation and environment • You can read about them, but the only school is the life
  • 5. Hard vs Soft: examples HARD SKILLS • Proficiency in a foreign language • Computer programming • Typing speed • Electronic devices building SOFT SKILLS • Teamwork • Communication • Time Management • Public Speaking
  • 6. Hard skills: what to achieve TECHNICAL SKILLS  Quantity vs Quality  Broad adoption vs Market niche  Market requests  HK market: full stack developer  EU market: FE or BE developer
  • 7. Hard skills: what to achieve OTHER SKILLS  Foreign languages  English at least  The more, the best
  • 8. Soft skills: what to achieve  Teamwork  Good Teamwork skills lead you to be a good Team Leader  Good communication  Public speaking helps  Open-mindedness  Humbleness  I’m the best developer in the world, no one can do what I do   Perseverance
  • 9. Other  Be active in communities, user groups and meetups  Share your knowledge  Learn from others’ know how  Meet people from different places, with different stories and different background  Be always proactive, don’t be passive
  • 10. Q & A Ask and I will answer… …maybe
  • 11. THANK YOU Hard and Soft skills: be successful in the IT market Davide Benvegnù @davidebenvegnu