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Building Skills that Build Value

Even though the IT field abounds with lucrative opportunities, it is difficult to land a job if you have a generic skill set. Let’s not beat around the bush, colleges and universities are churning out more and more graduates every other day, each with the same skillset, and all looking for the same opportunities. What would make the hiring manager choose you over the rest?

Simply put, your value!

Value is what companies and businesses are looking for; the unique thing about you that would help the organization become more effective and efficient. That kind of value is derived from investing in certain skills that will make you irresistible to the company you wish to work for because you have the right tool for the job.

This might involve taking up an online course and learning the new skill(s). However, you will probably have your time invested in other things as well, or you could be taking up several courses simultaneously, and thus you need to be efficient with your time. Consider utilizing adaptive learning so that you do not waste your time or resources. Without further ado, here are some of the best technical skills that will help build your value.

1. Machine Learning

Machine learning and artificial intelligence are one of the most lucrative fields today as we head deeper into the digital age, making it an essential skill. Think about it, you come across AI almost everywhere today, from Siri and Alexa to predictive analysis to chatbots to autonomous vehicles, numerous industries are in need of this technology due to the efficiency it affords them.

There’s a shortage of AI experts, and this has seen to the rise of the average salaries for AI-related jobs. Right now, an average AI expert commands about $123,069 annually with top AI engineers making as much as $1,000 an hour.

2. Mobile Development 

There an estimated 2.5 billion smartphone users in the world today. As such, businesses looking to stay relevant and competitive do not only need websites but also also apps. Therefore, harnessing your mobile development skills not only comes with the perk of being able to build apps for others, but also for yourself – giving you an ideal career route if you are looking towards entrepreneurship.

3. SEO/SEM Marketing 

Everyone knows that the trick to growing a business today is through increasing online visibility. Increased visibility means more site visits, conversions, customers, and revenue. Therefore, many companies today are looking for employees with the skills to improve their business’s web presence and visibility.

If you are data minded, then you will find SEO and SEM to be an excellent fit for you since it involves constant testing to see what works and making changes based on performance indicators.

Digital marketing, therefore, is another skill that not only benefits your clients but you as well if you decide to venture out on your own.

4. Data Visualization 

This refers to the technique used to help people understand the meaning and significance of certain data by putting it in visual form. For instance, turning incomprehensible spreadsheets into easily understandable charts or graphs.

As long as there will be data, there will be a need for someone who can transform it into a form that anyone can understand.

5. Data Engineering 

While data engineering and data science are two separate entities, the latter cannot exist without the former since it is data engineers who build the infrastructure that data scientists use to conduct their work. And in a data-driven world, there can’t be enough data engineers to fill that role.

6. User Interface and User Experience 

User Interface (UI) and User Experience (UX) are two distinct fields even though some people, wrongly, use them interchangeably. UI specialists are responsible for designing interfaces for apps and websites to make them easier to navigate, flow well, and be visually appealing.

UX specialists, on the other hand, conduct a lot research and testing to see how the user is likely to interact with the app or website and sending feedback to the UI designers. Again, as long as people need websites, UI and UX specialists will always have a job.


Landing a dream job has never been easy. Today, however, it is even more difficult due to a large number of applicants eyeing for the same position. Therefore, you need to differentiate yourself from the pack and learn skills that will make you invaluable to the organization.

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  • So, you are telling us the companies are looking for the value? And there are many candidates for the same position? And one needs to learn skills to get a job? Wow, I never thought about it this way!

    And machine learning is a lucrative skill these days? What?! I thought it was blockchain! Oh man... Gotta throw away all that training and start from scratch.

    And who would've thunk it that mobile development is, like, popular or something! Wow, so glad I found this blog! So much new information! Such value for the community! Someone should feature this. Spread the word, you know.

    One question though: how come your SCN profile says "10 years of SAP experience" but LinkedIn profile says something completely different? Did you just steal someone's identity or are both completely fake? When going around polluting websites with digital garbage like this"blog" at least make an effort to keep the legend consistent.