The employment market in the information and communication technologies sector has always been counter-cyclical to the normal reality of employment in Portugal and around the world. The ICT sector is suffering from a skilled labor shortage, as supply is far from meeting strong demand.
According to data from a Michael Page study, which recorded the recruitment trends for 2022 in various sectors of activity, the growth trend in information technology remains “and there will be an increase in the demand for strategic and specialized professionals, who combine technical knowledge and experience/business knowledge.” The truth is that there is clearly a high demand in the world, which became even more global with the arrival of the pandemic and the limitations it imposed on work.
The various constraints forced companies to rethink how to work with so-called remote work, allowing it to grow significantly and, with it, the possibility of opening doors to several international projects and companies. This enables IT professionals to work for organizations all over the world and on international projects without ever leaving their home country or, if they prefer, their own sofa.
As a result, the true “hunt for talent” among highly regarded professionals (but not only) has begun. Teleworking, a trend that is already a given in the labor market, nullifies the importance of proximity, and the recruitment market becomes even more global. The benefit for “harassed” national talents is obvious: higher pay, greater recognition in the curriculum, new and different challenges, and doors to the world.
Some Points to Consider
But how do you prepare for this international IT career? We will leave you with four key ideas to consider in order to launch your international IT career:
1º Improve both soft and hard skills
You may be thinking to yourself, “I already have a basic IT course, and I work in the field; what else should I do?” So, why don’t you pick a niche and go for it? Identify an area of specialization and advance your skills in it, as clients are now looking for people with top market skills, including behavioral skills such as emotional intelligence and ease in interpersonal relationships. Also, keep in mind that being certified isn’t always a bad thing. So, there are a variety of technical certification programs to choose from; browse some of the most appealing to you, select the one that best matches your existing knowledge and the career path you want to pursue, and go for it. Meanwhile, brush up on your knowledge of other languages besides English. You never know where you’ll end up “going” to work.
2º Financial Reserve
Examine your accounts carefully, reviewing everything you have and what you might need; the advice is to buy only what you truly need and sell everything you no longer use. Examine your current accounts, any costs you have or may have, and any debts you have incurred. Limit your spending and ensure a healthy financial reserve throughout the process.
3º Look for promising IT countries
One of the most important factors when preparing for an international career is research…. research is required. In fact, this is a very important step in any person’s life, and it is even recommended that we learn as much as we can about the country, place, and city that we will call home. Knowing more about the local society, the costs of living in the country, work habits, daily routines, and whatever else you can find out will be a huge help when the time comes to make a decision. Some countries, such as the United States and the United Kingdom, stand out in the IT field, but this may not be the best option for you. In any case, it is true that Europe, in general, has a number of unrivaled advantages: languages, quality of life, cost of living, and culture! All of these are positive indicators that we must consider when making our decision.
4º Pursuing international opportunities
The adaptation of the curriculum to every opportunity we seek to embrace is also critical in this process of defining an international IT career. Because you may still be competing against other qualified candidates, it’s critical that you use your resume to demonstrate to employers why you’re the best candidate for the job. So, don’t forget to read through the job posting carefully, looking for anything that matches your resume. Then, emphasize those in your job application and interview, as this will help you stand out.
Googling the various emerging offers, choose to follow the ones that interest you the most, and research the multinational corporations that can make a difference in your life.
And don’t give the green light until you’ve determined what most closely resembles the type of career you really want to pursue. The financial aspect is important, but it is not everything; therefore, it is critical to recognize all of the other variables that come into play…. Are you certain you want to pack your belongings and relocate to a new country? Is remote work the solution to your problems? Only after you have answered all of these (and other) questions should you pursue an international IT career.