HQ spoke with Jonathan Dwyer about what’s hot in digital and how to aim high to win that dream job. Jonathan is a consultant at Salt - a specialist digital recruitment agency - and knows well the ins and outs about technical roles and assignments in both mobile and mCommerce. He started his career in fashion PR, then learnt the makeup of London in property recruitment before his passion for digital led him to Salt.
“A few years ago developers could just quietly sit in the corner, code and crack on with it. Now recruiters are increasingly looking for enthusiasm and passion in candidates.”
Passion makes a difference.
Digital represents everything that is hot, growing and exciting in today’s recruitment landscape. “A few years ago developers could just quietly sit in the corner, code and crack on with it. Regardless if you’re an app developer, a project manager or an analytics expert, now recruiters are increasingly looking for enthusiasm and passion in candidates,” says Jonathan and continues, “You need to interact with others, share your ideas and contribute to the company strategy. It’s not just a job, you need to live the values, and they’re more likely to extend your contract or bring you back in.” Don’t change who you are, but don’t hide your talent either. Companies want experts for their extraordinary talent, so open up and you’ll be surprised of what can happen.
Multiplatform and open source programming gaining ground.
“But Ruby, a dynamic, open source general-purpose programming language developed originally in the mid-1990s by Yukihiro "Matz" Matsumoto, has made a return,” says Jonathan.
New programming languages are fast moving from the US also to UK. “Xamarin is relatively new, but is quickly gaining ground also here. It allows developers to code applications for a variety of different platforms using Microsoft's C# programming language,” clarifies Jonathan.
“Healthcare is taking giant leaps by using virtual reality and 3D design to look into the human body.”
Watch out for new industries.
The healthcare sector and new payment solutions are paving the way for the most interesting innovations in the digital industry. “Healthcare is taking giant leaps by using virtual reality and 3D design to look into the human body. And the payments industry is removing complexity from consumers by incorporating all you need - money, keys, loyalty cards, your ID - into one single place, the smartphone.” There is a lot happening in this space, and it’s worth following these sectors for new opportunities.
“If you are tired of the London scene, look abroad. Berlin in Germany, Switzerland and Holland, offer interesting new opportunities in the digital space.”
Three predictions for 2015.
Jonathan told us his top three predictions for this year, that we’ll follow eagle-eyed.
- Android Pay is a force to be reckoned with, as it is agnostic about devices, shares an API layer with everyone to link into and offers this way better diversity than ApplePay that is only available today in the US and very dependant on iPhone6.
- Wearables could crash and burn, or could simply become mainstream in the health sector. It has been tried before a few time, and never quite become a lasting consumer craze. The health sector has the main use case for wearables with, for example, doctors monitoring the daily activities of patients and being able to collect, review and act on the medical data they collect.
- The gaming industry is going to be big yet again also this year. Virtual reality technology such as Microsoft HoloLens brings high-definition holograms to life and takes the gaming experience to the next level allowing also for multi-tasking. This is the natural next new step after graphics.
Look beyond London.
London is the hotbed for start-ups with higher daily rates that the rest of the UK, but it is also becoming saturated and highly competitive. It is worth looking into the outer lying areas of London, just outside of M25 or even further afield in Scotland, where a number of cool tech and fintech companies have their office - such as Vodafone in Newbury, O2 in Slough, “3” in Maidenhead or Tesco Bank in Edinburgh. “And if you are tired of the London scene, look abroad. Berlin in Germany, Switzerland and Holland, for example, have started offering really interesting new opportunities in the digital space,” explains Jonathan.