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Getting Energized About Your Future


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The presentation will answer the following questions:
What is the true state of the ICT industry in Canada? What are some of the specialized skills employers looking for? How do you add these highly specialized tech skills to your knowledgebase? What technologies do I need to look out for and how do you keep pace with the changes?

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Getting Energized About Your Future

  1. 1. Getting Energized About Your Future<br />Qixing Zheng<br />User Experience Advisor<br />Microsoft Canada<br />
  2. 2. I’m here to talk about...<br />The right package of skills to get a great career in IT<br />
  3. 3. Taking the Initiative is the KEY!<br />
  4. 4. What are you facing?<br />Skill Shortage<br />Tough Economy<br />Technical & Career Skills <br />Needed<br />New Industry Trend<br />
  5. 5. What are you facing?<br />Labour and Skill Shortage<br />ICTC Outlook for Human Resource in ICT Labour Market 2008 - 2015<br />
  6. 6. What are you facing?<br />New Industry Trend<br />Top Technology Trends for 2009<br />Virtualization <br />Cloud computing <br />Servers<br /> Web-oriented architectures <br />Enterprise mashups<br />Gartner Research<br />
  7. 7. What are you facing?<br />Technical & Career Skills Needed<br /><ul><li>Core Technical Skills
  8. 8. Experience with specific apps or platforms
  9. 9. Strong non-technical skills, e.g. communications, team-working skills
  10. 10. Deep insight into drivers of business value</li></ul><br />ICTC Outlook for Human Resource in ICT Labour Market 2008 - 2015<br />
  11. 11. How do you prepare yourself?<br />In-class learning: stay on top of your game at school<br />Career skills: practice is the key<br />E-learning:keep up to date with industry trends <br />Demonstration: prove your skills and passion<br />
  12. 12. I n-class learning: <br />stay on top of your game at school<br />Projects<br />Differentiation<br />Grades<br />References<br />
  13. 13. Career skills: practice is the key <br />Top Career Skills: <br />Communication: <br />verbal and written, presentation<br />Business Acumen: <br />Business Insights, ROI, <br />Collaboration: <br />team-work and leadership<br />
  14. 14. E-learning: keep up to date with industry trendsA Microsoft Example<br />
  15. 15. Technology and Career Guidance<br /><br />
  16. 16. Microsoft DreamSpark<br /><br />
  17. 17. Demonstration: prove your skills and passion <br />Blogging<br />Competitions<br />Mentors<br />Certifications<br />Open Source <br />Projects<br />Participating in Clubs, <br />User Group<br />Internship/Co-op<br />
  18. 18. Student 2 Business<br />Find an internship or job on msemploy<br /><ul><li>Free access for student to search and apply jobs in Canada, will launch in April
  19. 19. A job portal for Microsoft technology professionals
  20. 20. There are many jobs in the portal already</li></ul><br />
  21. 21. Student Tech Club<br /><br />
  22. 22. Competitions: Imagine Cup<br />Theme this year: Solve the World&apos;s Toughest Problems<br />Competition Categories: Embedded Development, Game Development, Robotics and Algorithm, IT Challenge, MashUp, Design, Photography, Short Films<br /><br />
  23. 23. Your Future is Bright<br />“ICT in the coming half century will be part of a new and challenging revolution that maintain its importance as a major generator of value and a large employer.” 1<br />“Over the period 2008 to 2015, Canadian employers will need to recruit around 126,400 to 178,800 ICT workers, an average of 15,795 to 22,345 per year.” 2<br />Introduction to Information Communication Technology, 2008<br />2. Outlook for Human Resource in ICT Labour Market 2008 - 2015<br />
  24. 24. Things to do!<br />Start today<br />Create a project “Me” Plan<br />Check out<br />Take the initiative!<br />