The year is about to end, and there will be many promises to yourself including to change the job for better life, better raise & better learning.

You should be and must do all it takes to enhance your skills for better life.

Changing job is not necessarily you need to change the organization. You can switch to another team in your current organization, but this will require you to put some efforts.

A few weeks back, LinkedIn released top 10 skills to get you hired today and tomorrow.

These top skills are the great hint for demand in the market, and you can prepare yourself to land on it quickly.

Let’s take a look at top 10 skills globally.

  • Cloud & Distributed Computing
  • Statistical Analysis and Data Mining
  • Web Architecture and Development Framework
  • Middleware & Integration Software
  • User Interface Design
  • Network & Information Security
  • Mobile Development
  • Data Presentation
  • SEO/SEO Marketing
  • Storage System & Management

Happy to see Middleware in the list?

Assuming most of the Geek Flare’s audience is Middleware/System/Web administrator, I will focus more on it.

No surprise that “Cloud Computing” skills is listed as number 1. It’s big thing, and a large organization has already started looking for that option to reduce the overall infrastructure cost.

Let’s see what you can focus and would be easy transit on being a middleware/system administrator.

Based on my opinion, you can target the following.

Here is how you can learn them and prepare yourself for an interview.

Cloud Computing

Considering the industry trend, it would be a good investment to learn cloud computing (especially AWS).

AWS is having more than 50% market share and leader in cloud service provider to host from small to enterprise level of applications.

AWS got a large number of services available from compute, database, storage, CDN, caching, search, analytics, AI, messaging, big data, IoT, etc.

They got more than 1000 services so you can imagine how scalable and extensive they are.

And most important, AWS certification was considered most valuable IT certificate and highest paying according to Forbes.

If AWS excites you then may think the “AWS Certified Solution Architect – Associate” online course by Ryan Kroonenburg.

More than 60,000 students have taken this course, and the average rating is 4.5 out of 5, so that indicates the quality of course content.

Middleware

There are many products in Middleware to work on, and you may consider switching to another one. For ex:

If you are working on WebLogic, then you may take into account learning WebSphere. You may focus more on Open-source technologies as the organization will more likely to adopt more open source to reduce the software/licensing cost.

Watch out these open-source:

Network/Web Security

If you have an interest in networking, web security then this is very hot topic these days considering many cyber-attacks incident.

Networking & Web Security both are a different line but good to had an idea on both. For web security, you may consider learning to secure and to harden the web.

You may start from web servers like Apache or Nginx  and for online training you may find “Become CISS: Complete Certified Ethical Hacking.”

Practical and keeping your knowledge up-to-date with what’s going on in Web technologies is the key to Web Security.

I know the job change can be challenging, but with right direction and training, it’s not that hard. I wish you Happy New Year and good luck ahead!

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