Being A Salesforce Developer: What it Means and How to Get Started

As the world’s #1 customer relationship management (CRM) platform, Salesforce gives every business team⁠ – from sales to marketing, commerce to service, and beyond – a single, shared view of every customer. Over 150,000 companies, both big and small, are growing their business with Salesforce. But it’s more than just a CRM platform; it’s a community of over 10 million innovators, disruptors, and community shapers they call Trailblazers

Why is this exciting? Salesforce recently announced a new study from IDC that found Salesforce and its ecosystem of partners will create 9.3 million new jobs and $1.6 trillion in new business revenues worldwide by 2026. The opportunity is huge, and in New Zealand it is expected to create 26,000 new jobs by 2026.

What’s more? If you are interested in riding this wave to build a career, a job in salesforce development may be the right fit for you. This is especially true for New Zealand where lack of skilled professionals in technology makes this a highly lucrative career choice to pursue – one where average salaries for a Salesforce developer with 1 to 3 years’ experience range from $80,000 to $90,000. NZ Tech’s Digital Skills Report published in 2021 also talks about other careers that are in demand and worth exploring. 

Sounds interesting so far? Then read on. 

Getting started in this role in easy. All you require is a good internet connection, a laptop and some learning up your sleeve, and you are good to go. 

Here’s everything you need to know about being a Salesforce Developer. From what does a Salesforce Developer do to what you need in order to become one, and even the scope of job opportunities that lie ahead. We have created an exhaustive resource to help answer all questions you may have about pivoting to this career choice.

Let’s dive right into it!

Q: What makes Salesforce so successful?

The credit would surely go to the Salesforce taskforce, including Salesforce Developers, Salesforce Administrators, and Salesforce Consultants. We believe that the Salesforce Developers are the backbone of the entire CRM. This role is essential for a successful Salesforce implementation. This is also the reason these roles are in such high demand. 

Q: What is a Salesforce Developer?

All businesses have different needs and their Salesforce requirements will be different. The Salesforce Developer plays a crucial role working with clients and customers to realise the full capability of the CRM by customising and offering tailor-made solutions. 

Q: What does a Salesforce Developer do?

If you choose this career path, you’ll be responsible for all types of standard Salesforce Development and customisation. This includes coding, unit testing, building applications, and creating and modifying existing applications.

A Salesforce Developer has an understanding of how Salesforce works, coupled with experience in the platform. The developer is hired by a customer/client for the purposes of customising Salesforce to the specifications of the hiring party. Alternately, it could be an in-house programmer who happens to be skilled at working with Salesforce. These developers use tools such as Apex and Visualforce, as well as frameworks like Lightning Component in order to develop apps.

A Salesforce Developer doesn’t have to work for Salesforce. The Salesforce eco-system is huge, ranging from small, mid-sized and large organisations who are either a Salesforce Partner (i.e. they support businesses to implement Salesforce) or a Salesforce Customer (i.e. they use the Salesforce CRM to successfully manage their customers). 

Q: What are the first steps to becoming a Salesforce Developer?

The first step to becoming a Salesforce Developer is starting your learning journey. We highly recommend you complete the below three certifications recognised by Salesforce within its eco system:

1. Salesforce Certified Administrator (TVB201)
2. Salesforce Certified Platform App Builder (TVB403)
3. Salesforce Certified Platform Developer I (TVB450)

Salesforce makes it fun and easy to get started on your learning journey through their online learning platform, Trailhead, which we highly recommend for those who are driven, motivated, and have strong time management skills. You can earn certifications and badges through Trailhead and become a professional in no time. 

For those who are looking for an alternate approach, we highly encourage you check out our Salesforce Developer Accelerator. You will not only gain the three certifications but also gain industry experience, access to the NZ industry network, and professional advice and mentorship to help you land your dream role.

Q: How much time will it take to learn these skills?

Begin with investing your time in the basic skills we mentioned and, technically speaking, the process of becoming a developer can be accomplished in around 21 weeks.

Q: Do I need to have a degree in computer science to be a Salesforce  Developer? 

Salesforce development is largely dependent on skills,  so there’s absolutely no reason why you can’t get hired without a degree.

What’s more, New Zealand currently has a talent shortage, so to close this gap, more companies are committed to hiring skilled talent who may not have a degree, but possess the requisite skills. 

If you are really interested in pursuing this line of work, we would recommend ditching the degree route (unless you have 2-4 years at your disposal) and getting started on learning. The internet has many online tutorials that you could get started with. You can also start your self-paced learning on Trailhead, or consider joining tech accelerators like the one we run at Mission Ready HQ where you’ll not only learn the requisite skills, but also become certified and job-ready in just 21 weeks. 

Learn about our 21-week Salesforce accelerator.

Q: How much can I hope to earn once I have acquired these skills?

For a role that is in huge demand and an industry faced with serious skill shortages, it would be fair to expect that such a position would demand a reasonable compensation. According to Payscale, a salesforce developer in NZ earn an average of $90,000 with extra bonuses that may also be available depending on the organisation you join. This could be an extra $5,000 to $10,000 per annum. 

You may start at a salary of $55-60,000. Some companies are known to attract talent with higher starting salaries. If you check an experienced Salesforce Developers salary, it could be over $130,000. There are a number of factors that can influence the salary package including location and experience. Having said that, this is potentially a pretty lucrative career choice.

Ready to get started? Check out our accelerators and how we support you to transform your careers and launch a new career in as short as 12 to 21 weeks.

Press Release: Salesforce Collaborates With Boutique Agency To Create Skilled Developers [ Scoop.co.nz]

Salesforce – Silicon Valley’s world leading CRM service provider – is collaborating with boutique Auckland-based technology career development agency, Mission Ready, to create 300 skilled entry-level developers over the next 12 months.

The collaboration – a 21 week/ 5 month Accelerator course – gets underway next month and will go some way towards combating the technology industry’s current chronic skills shortage.

Mission Ready recognised it could be a part of the solution to combat the tech skills shortage – that is being experienced by fast-growth organisations like Salesforce – by tailoring the use of its signature accelerator course to help candidates career-transition into tech careers.

The collaboration represents a win for candidates looking for tech-industry employment, a win for employers looking for new talent and a win for Salesforce to scale a high growth organisation.

Mission Ready’s model appealed with its short turn-around time as well as access to candidates motivated to change careers into the technology sector. The agency has trained more than 200 candidates in the last two and a half years with a large percentage transitioning from careers and backgrounds in teaching, business operations, performing arts, nursing and Covid-impacted industries like hospitality and tourism.

The programme also appeals to organisations as a targeted way to fulfil their diversity and inclusion goals. Mission Ready’s networks tap into candidate talent pools, especially Maori and Pasifika, who have not been exposed to traditional pathways into the technology industry. In 2020 Mission Ready set up more than 30 tech scholarships for Māori and Pasifika candidates that lead to long-term employment opportunities.

In this partnership with Salesforce, candidates will be trained on in-demand professional skills including agile and design thinking and will gain three industry recognised certifications as well as industry experience on live projects enabling them to hit the ground running with medium and large businesses that are using Salesforce technology.

Mission Ready has a placement rate of 85% with all its accelerator programme candidates. It is expecting a similar, if not better result, with this specific Salesforce cohort. Salesforce and its ecosystem of partners anticipates creating 26,000 new jobs in New Zealand by 2026.

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Salesforce and Mission Ready HQ partner to tackle NZ skills shortage [Reseller.co.nz]

This press release was originally published on reseller.co.nz by Rob O’Neill.

Customer relationship management giant Salesforce is teaming with Auckland career development agency Mission Ready HQ to create 300 skilled developers over the next year.

The collaboration will roll out a five-month accelerator course next month that aims to combat the technology industry’s skills shortage.

Candidates will be trained on in-demand professional skills including Agile and design thinking and will gain three industry recognised certifications as well as experience on live projects enabling them to hit the ground running with medium and large businesses using Salesforce technology.

Mission Ready said it has a placement rate of 85 per cent with its accelerator programme candidates and was expecting a similar, if not better result, with this specific Salesforce cohort. 

Mission Ready, co-founded by Diana Sharma and Alan Kan in 2018, recognised it could be a part of the solution by tailoring its signature accelerator course to help candidates transition into tech careers.

The agency has trained more than 200 candidates in the last two and a half years with a large percentage shifting from careers such as teaching, business operations, performing arts, nursing and COVID-19-impacted industries such as hospitality and tourism.

The programme also appeals to organisations as a targeted way to fulfil their diversity and inclusion goals.

Mission Ready’s networks tap into candidate talent pools, especially Maori and Pasifika, who have not been exposed to traditional pathways into the technology industry. 

In 2020 Mission Ready set up more than 30 tech scholarships for Māori and Pasifika candidates that lead to long-term employment opportunities.

Salesforce and its ecosystem of partners anticipate creating 26,000 new jobs in New Zealand by 2026.

Mission Ready also offers NZQA-approved accelerator courses for full stack developers, user experience designers and advanced software development with more pending.

Business Hub: From cleaner to IT entrepreneur, and why diversity is so important [NZ Herald]

This article was originally published on NZ Herald.

From cleaning casino floors to pushing the diversity ceiling. Diana Sharma, Co-founder of Mission Ready, tells her journey to co-found the educational startup and the importance of diversity in the workplace.

Once rejected for a cleaning job, the co-founder of IT training agency Mission Ready Diana Sharma talks to Rahul Bhattarai about the struggles she faced as a qualified immigrant arriving in New Zealand and why she’s on a mission to encourage diversity in the workforce.

It was the rejection as a cleaner at SkyCity Casino that Diana Sharma couldn’t believe. Here she was with two degrees, a masters diploma and more than 10 years’ experience in hospitality and working for multi-nationals including Powergen and Orange (Telecom), and she couldn’t get a part-time cleaning job in her new country.

“The reality doesn’t really hit you until you have submitted hundreds of CVs and received hundreds of rejections.”

Before Sharma and her husband left India for New Zealand in 2009, friends already in Aotearoa warned the couple they would need to start at the bottom. Sharma hadn’t realised quite how far down that was.

Undeterred by the SkyCity rejection, and on the advice of a friend, she went back to persuade them to give her a go. This time they took her on. Sharma describes her “tears of joy” that someone had given her a chance. Sure, she would be vacuuming the casino floor but here was an opportunity.

Sharma had arrived on a fulltime study visa, so was only allowed to work part-time. She and her husband had to cover their living expenses and repayment of a sizable loan to come to New Zealand.

“With a hefty loan to repay, and to cover our living expenses we had to start somewhere,” Sharma says.

“It was the right start for me. I got to meet amazing people and to understand the New Zealand culture, and It was a nice and fun way of introducing myself to a completely new space.”

She doesn’t regret a moment of the time she spent cleaning the casino nor has she forgotten the lessons the experience taught her.

Eight months later she landed a job as a research assistant at Unitec, later becoming general manager of partnerships and alliances. It was there, during an eight-year stint, that she spotted both a gap and a need in the market.

“I was fortunate to see the opportunity that existed in tech, and how there was untapped potential in people, and we needed to match those two opportunities.”

In late 2018 Sharma and Unitec colleague Alan Khan founded IT career development agency Mission Ready, specifically to increase diversity in the tech industry, and to bridge the gap between unemployment and labour shortages in certain industries.

Mission Ready offers a range of courses, from nine to 19 weeks, designed to fast-track people into careers such as a software developer, a UX designer or a tech entrepreneur. Mission Ready students have gone on to work at companies like 2degrees, Datacom and PwC.

“Our vision has been that we needed to remove barriers to success and one of our social missions is to bring in diversity and inclusion into tech.”

But we’re not there yet, Sharma says, pointing to a statistic published in the Herald in April – that Māori and Pasifika make up just 6.8 per cent of New Zealand’s IT workforce. It’s a sector that is booming, offering millions of jobs globally but is not attracting talent who can bring diversity to the industry, she says.

Sharma made it her “social mission” to change that. Mission Ready has partnered with Auckland Council to provide scholarships and financial aid to the Māori and Pasifika communities, and other scholarships for those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

“They don’t need a handout, they need a hand-up. They need support to guide them into careers where they can support themselves as well as their families.”

Inclusion is the key to diversity.

But it is the concept of inclusion that Sharma most wants to talk about. It is an employers’ responsibility to make sure everyone feels safe, safe enough to be different, to speak up when they have an opinion, to be asked their opinion and, above all, to feel included.

Inclusion is the extent to which various team members, employees, and other people feel a sense of belonging and value within a given organisational setting, she says.

“I think we look at it in the wrong order.”

Inclusion first, equity next and then diversity, she says. “We need to stop categorising differences and start embracing people in their entirety.”

Too often companies treat diversity as a “tick-boxing exercise”, putting people into token positions based on the colour of their skin, or belatedly appointing women onto the board. Sharma calls that “window dressing”. An organisation may think it has a diverse workforce but does not understand what that means, she says.

“We tend to focus on the differences and that is not the intent of diversity.”

She wants to refocus that conversation to say “inclusion comes first”.

Diversity is less about what makes people different because of their race or socio-economic status and more about understanding, accepting and valuing those differences, she says.

Sharma has a favourite saying: “Getting invited to the party is part of the diversity strategy. But inclusion is actually being asked to dance.”

Who would want to be invited back to a party like that, she asks.

“That is why inclusion has to be the primary focus of an organisation if you want to attract, retain and grow your workforce.”

Quick facts:

  • Name: Diana Sharma
  • Job: Mission director of Mission Ready and Mission Impact Foundation.
  • First job: Casino Group of Hotels and Resorts – hospitality management trainee.
  • Worst job: Only lessons learned. No regrets.
  • Family: A husband who has stood by my side for over 15 years and a 2-year-old daughter who challenges me to be better.
  • CEO you admire: Sal Khan, founder of The Khan Academy. I admire his vision to provide free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere and build a world of good.

Small Business: Management trainee and an accountant come together to start a thriving tech company, Mission Ready [NZ Herald]

This article was written by Rahul Bhattarai and originally published on NZ Herald.

Diana Sharma and her business partner Alan Kan talk to Rahul Bhattarai about their unique partnership which led to their educational startup, Mission Ready.

What does your business do?

Mission Ready is a tech career development agency. Our courses are NZQA approved and we help individuals transform and launch tech careers through our accelerator programmes.

In less than five months of full-time study, individuals can go from no experience in tech to becoming a software developer, UX designer or tech founder (entrepreneurs who want to build/develop their own tech product).

What’s your background?

Diana: I come from a completely different background, I spent several years at Unitec and had a unique education perspective having been in various roles developing new education partnerships with education providers globally.

I started in hospitality and then worked at multinationals in sectors like energy and telcos before transitioning into corporate training. I was involved in looking at new industry partnerships and alliances to create new education models. The impact of these programmes directly on the lives of individuals and their families inspired me to do things differently and that led to where I am today.

Alan: I have a background in tech with more than 20 years of experience, but I studied accounting as well as Information Technology. During my first month of internship as an accountant, I realised I was more interested in tech than accounts.

After three years into my job at Unisys in 2001 I went from writing programming codes to designing software.

What was the motivation for starting it?

Diana: The tech industry is faced with a growing skills shortage and the traditional education pathways would not solve this. On the other hand, a large number of professionals from different industries are looking to change or upskill into advanced careers in tech. There wasn’t a smooth transition that bridged the gap from skilling to employment which is why we created New Zealand’s first tech career accelerator.

Alan: When I was working at Unitec about 10 years ago, I created a few papers which proved to be very popular among the students and that got me thinking about whether I should start my own business.

I have always been passionate about teaching and meeting Diana who had a similar interest was a perfect partnership.

Our motivation for starting this is simple, the impact we can make to transform careers, make dreams come true and all of this with the highest return on their investment and lowest risk to change. We make changing to a tech career easy.

How big is the team today?

Diana: We are a team of seven with a large extended team of industry mentors and facilitators who are contracted in for specialist training.

How was your business affected by Covid-19?

Diana: For us the Covid-19 was a blessing in disguise. A lot of people wanted to switch careers and we saw our enrolment numbers grow. And being a tech company it’s easier for us to work remotely than for another type of job.

How long has your business been around?

We have been around for a little over two years, our first accelerator launched in November 2018.

What’s your focus for the remainder of the year?

Diana: Our focus is on working closely with the industry to launch new tech career programmes which would fast track people into employment.

We’re actually about to launch a very exciting partnership with Salesforce – Silicon Valley’s leading Customer relationship management (CRM) service provider – to develop 300 skilled entry-level Salesforce Developers to combat the skills shortage experienced across NZ Salesforce partners and customers.

These career accelerators are a real win-win. Retrained workers are a sweet spot for hiring as they’ve been through the process and procedures of working within other companies and can get quickly up to speed in a new team – and they’re super motivated by changing career.

What are your long-term plans, and where do you see the brand in five years?

Diana: In five years, Mission Ready will completely transform from what it is today. Our goal is to become a household name in New Zealand and be able to provide more courses catered to people from wider demographics.

How does your business stand out in comparison to other businesses in the market – what makes it unique?

Diana: Our point of difference is that – it is not only the fastest tech career transformation programme but also the only one that includes real projects and real experience with tech companies while being mentored by industry professionals in work.

Our programmes make it easier for businesses to access diverse talent by allowing them to tap into talent they probably wouldn’t have encountered because many of them have not trodden the traditional path to tech. We help those highly motivated candidates get a foot in the door. Each year we offer scholarships to Māori and Pasifika candidates.

Normally our course starts at $2500 per person. However, this year we made 42 scholarships available. We have five more scholarships to give away as part of our September intake.

Mission Ready has trained more than 200 candidates since it launched.

A large per cent of our candidates are successfully re-training from careers such as marketing, teaching, business operations, performing arts, dentists, nurses and many more.

How are you marketing your business?

Alan: For our marketing are actively posting on social media, like Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. I do a lot of public talks like at university, career forums and Techweek NZ.

What does the competition look like in this market?

Diana: There are a number of small competitors in the market, but none that deliver what we offer. Our programme is highly cost-effective instead of doing a similar degree at university for over a three year period, we have our students do it within nine to 19 weeks of full-time study. This saves a lot of time and money. Which encourages people to change careers if they are looking for one and we have a good track record of employment post-study.

Some of our students have gone into working at places like 2degrees, Datacom and PwC.

What advice do you give to people wanting to start a business?

Diana: Start a business for the right reasons, with heart and soul, and you will never feel like you actually have to work another day in your life.

Is this the solution to NZ’s tech worker shortage? [BusinessDesk]

This article was written by Henry Burrell and originally published on BusinessDesk.

Some of New Zealand’s technology companies are struggling to hire in a covid-19 world. Senior hires from overseas are difficult to make with closed borders and the pool of NZ talent shrinks with every filled role.

But at the junior end of the hiring scale, NZ is in a better position than you might think. After covid permanently changed industries like tourism and hospitality, there are hundreds of people who want to shift their skills into technology roles.

“This is a good time for us to be rethinking: is there a better way to scale so that the talent shortage can be plugged?” said Diana Sharma, co-founder of tech training company Mission Ready. “While there’s a skill shortage, I don’t think employers recognise the talent that juniors can bring to the table.”

She said graduates are counting themselves out of applying for advertised tech jobs as many companies are asking for two years of experience, even though it is not required.

“The game is shifting now, and a lot of people are starting to recognise tech as a viable future career option.”

Mission Ready’s 12- and 19-week courses physically or virtually retrain approximately 200 people per year to fast track them into junior technology roles. Some are just out of school, but many are eager to retrain and hone their existing skills into a new career.

Sharma told BusinessDesk 85% of candidates land a job within three months of completing the UX design and software development courses.

An optional 10-week industry experience placement as part of those courses is proving successful. One in five people who are placed at an NZ tech company by Mission Ready has a job offer sealed by the time they finish.

“A number of companies recognise that senior intermediate people can hit the ground running faster, but many companies don’t recognise that you could get three or four candidates for the same price as the senior talent. In the long run, junior talent will be a higher return on investment provided you can put in the training, the mentorship and the coaching in place to ensure that they’re well supported.”

Flipping the script

Musician Nick Veale decided to retrain when he could no longer hack his minimum wage concierge job at a hotel.

“I went straight into a Bachelor of Music, with the kind of full intention of trying to chase a career in film composition and become, you know, the next Hans Zimmer or something like that,” he told BusinessDesk. “I tried being a freelance composer, which I quickly found out was a very miserable kind of life.”

Despite earning a master of fine arts and creative practice in 2018, he was stuck with a minimum wage concierge job at a hotel and composing in his spare time. So he and a friend signed up to Mission Ready’s developer course.

“I found out pretty quickly that you don’t actually really need a computer science degree and that doesn’t really teach you very many practical skills.”

He started the course in 2020 and fell in love with the work before his 10-week internship placed him at Auckland e-learning software company Dacreed.

Although he lives in Wellington, he only had to visit the Auckland office twice, and worked remotely the rest of the time. On the second visit, he was offered a full-time job.

“We’re going through a big growth curve at the moment,” David Sherwin, chief technology officer at Dacreed told BusinessDesk. “The best way for us is actually to recruit sort of younger people, recent graduates and interns, or people that have retrained. It’s a very competitive marketplace for what we would ideally go for, which is people with two to three years experience in dedicated roles and areas.”

He said retrained workers are a sweet spot for hiring as they’ve been through the process and procedures of working within other companies and can get quickly up to speed in a new team.

“We need people retraining and bringing their other business skills from the other domains they’ve been.”

Kordia has also recently signed up as a Mission Ready partner and currently has three people from marketing and HR backgrounds three weeks into their 10-week placements.

Kordia’s head of people and culture Anna Ferguson told BusinessDesk there is a skills shortage across the tech sector that is only going to get worse. “As the market continues to tighten, there will be increasingly competitive offers out there and I think that people will jump ship for various reasons across the board. We’re just going to be, you know, all looking in the same pool of talent.”

After reading about Mission Ready in the media, the company got in touch to get retraining.

“It doesn’t have to necessarily mean ‘junior’ in terms of age… starting a new career can happen at any stage in your life.”

New way in

Ferguson said Mission Ready’s internship programme makes it easier for Kordia to fulfil its diversity and inclusion goals. “Being able to tap into talent that perhaps otherwise haven’t had, you know, a traditional path and being able to get a good in the door really appealed to us.”

Veale acknowledged he was privileged enough to be able to quit his hotel job and afford the $4,500 course while relying on his wife’s salary to support them both.

In December, Mission Ready set up thirty-one tech scholarships for Māori and Pasifika candidates for its accelerator courses, and Sharma said people are retraining from backgrounds in performing arts, physical therapy, dentists, nurses, operations, marketing, and more.

“There has not been a slowdown in terms of the growth of tech companies in New Zealand, they’re still trying to recruit at the same rate that they were pre-covid, but there is certainly a supply side issue on the border closures,” Ruth McDavitt, chief executive at Summer of Tech told BusinessDesk.

“It has been a tipping point for us to help have conversations with New Zealand companies about the need to invest in our local talent and hire juniors and train them well.”

Summer of Tech places students in paid summer internships at NZ tech companies, with 334 placements made last year. Under half are in their final year of study, but McDavitt said 80% of all internships turn into some form of employment.

“We have an oversupply of people who want tech jobs and very much an under supply of entry level opportunities. There is a very high success rate for people being retrained, either in a part time capacity if they’re still studying or rolling into a full-time role.”

A jobs initiative also saw the company match graduates to companies for full or part time contracts last year. So far this year it has already done 30.

“We are seeing a big rise in terms of demand for graduates. The wages that they’re getting just in our programme have gone up about $30,000 per annum.”

She said the average graduate salary for tech roles is between $70,000 and $80,000.

But that doesn’t mean every company is primed to train those people well.

Sharma said no company Mission Ready has approached has said no to the accelerator internships but said some organisations don’t have the correct processes in place. Veale said his friend who took a course at the same time as him got “a bit of a dud company” that he wasn’t keen on working with afterwards.

“Not all smaller startups are geared up for that,” said Sherwin. “So you do need the onboarding, the induction, the ways of working, you know, how a tech team operates, you need these things set up… that’s the kind of missing piece.”

Dacreed has hired seven of the nine interns it has worked with through Mission Ready’s courses. “They’re loyal, they stick around longer, and you can get a lot more productivity out of junior talent in a five year term,” Sharma said.

Veale puts it slightly differently.

“I just worked my arse off basically until they couldn’t say no to giving me a job,” he said.

It’s All Tech: How Coronavirus Accelerated Our Move To The Fifth Revolution.

In the 1700s, we had the first industrial revolution. It ushered in urbanization and work for people in factories. The second industrial revolution improved transport and communication and gave us the gift of automation. The third revolution brought forth the rise of electronics, telecommunications and of course computers. The fourth one, in which we find ourselves presently, improved communication and connectivity further, and continues to make advancements in artificial intelligence, robotics and augmented reality. In the last 100 years, the technological landscape has changed like never before.

Few would dispute that this period of profound change has sharply accelerated in the last 2 months with Covid-19 transforming everything. The pandemic has not only dramatically changed the way we work, but also sped the adoption of  new technology, leading companies across industries into a more mature state of IoT technology and workflow. It has also accelerated our progress to the 5th industrial revolution. 

Adoption of new technology, however, only defines the tip of the impact the 5th Industrial Revolution will have on the world. Many of us are already getting used to the idea of becoming digital natives, but as the fourth and fifth revolutions work in parallel, this way of being is set to expand even further.  

The days of the typical 9 to 5 are numbered. Regardless of whether you live in New York or New Delhi, technology will allow you to work from where you live. This, even as AI and robotics drive a move towards automation, forcing governments to rethink labour laws and economics.

Some of this change is already underway. Just think about it, unlike our parents, or those from a generation ago, who stuck it out at a single job for their whole lives, most people currently prefer switching jobs in the interest of better pay and prospects. The gig economy has allowed millions to become their own bosses, working on specific projects in their area of expertise. 

The Fifth Revolution will change this even further. Research already predicts that half of the jobs in the US – equivalent to around $15 trillion in wages (£11.8tn) – have the potential to be automated. Businesses around the world have already started looking at ways to make things more efficient, delegating routine tasks to bot technology and simple AI. 

As we are finding out, this is a time of great disruption. In contrast to trends in the previous revolutions that resulted in dehumanization of labour, experts say the fifth industrial revolution will help re-establish business’s connection to humanity and social good, by centering it’s mission towards purpose, instead of profit.

We are however in many ways still unprepared to ride this new wave. According to The Future of Jobs Report 2018, nearly 50% of companies expect that automation will lead to some reduction in their full-time workforce by 2022. Among the range of established roles that are set to experience increasing demand are Data Analysts and Scientists, Software and Applications Developers, and Ecommerce and Social Media Specialists, roles that are significantly based on and enhanced by the use of technology.

To be equipped for the times ahead requires a paradigm shift  in the way we think about the future of work. On an individual level, it means recognizing the challenges and preparing for it. At the level of the individual, it requires choosing a career of the future, or being future ready for it by investing in the right skills.. 

It’s clear that tech skills are more valuable today than they ever have been. They’ll continue to play a huge role when it comes to fighting the COVID-19 crisis, as well as any future crises.

At Mission Ready HQ, it is our mission to train people in skills of the future.  If a pivot into tech interests you, or you want to start a career in it , check out the accelerators we offer here.

If you are interested in pursuing a career in tech, but don’t know where to begin, take this free self assessment to know more!

The world currently is in a disruptive stage, as the fifth industrial revolution unfolds to impact our lives—for better or for worse. Now we wait and observe what the future has in store for us.

The new remote workplace will call for these skills

remote-work

With millions of people having to work from home because of Covid-19, one trend that is bound to stay is the rise of remote work. The numbers clearly support this. Since 2007, remote work has risen by 159 percent  and is now witnessing a sharp increase,  as more and more companies choose to operate on remote teams.

The largely online, location independent way of working, is also forcing employers to re-think what constitutes productivity and how it is measured. The result? There are questions being raised on the efficacy of the traditional 8 hour work day, or 40 hour work week. It’s not without reason, too. 

Just think about it. Research has already documented that a worker is usually productive for just three hours in an eight hour workday. Yet, we continue to link productivity with time.

A well-known McKinsey study in fact has found that people tend to be five times more focussed, and hence more productive, not when they are clocking in hours, but when they were in a state of ‘flow’, a mental state where one “fully employs their core capabilities to meet a goal or challenge”. 

This is why attributes like value and flexibility have started dominating conversations around the future of work, and it’s for this reason that the new workplace of tomorrow is likely to go increasingly remote.

If you have an existing skill that translates well to remote work, that’s amazing. If not, well that’s fine too. You can build on a new skill and the silver lining is that once you have this skill, you are set to be in a better situation, pandemic or not!

At Mission Ready HQ, we strongly recommend learning skills in the technology sector. Not only is there a huge demand for people in the technology sector, but these jobs also pay very well. What’s more, this demand is unlikely to abate any time soon.

If you’re thinking of giving your career a tech boost, here’s our list of the top 5 most lucrative skills that you can consider mastering to ace the remote workplace of tomorrow:

1. Full Stack Developer

Average Salary: $78,407

A full stack developer is an engineer who can handle all the work of databases, servers, systems engineering, and clients. If you are a hands-on creator and enjoy making, testing and seeing your creations come to life, then a career in full-stack development is for you.

2. Business Analyst

Average salary: $65,000

Working as a business analyst involves discovering, defining, and delivering the most valuable tech solutions for some of the most pressing business issues.If you enjoy collaborating with people, researching, analysing and problem solving, then a career in agile business analysis is for you.

3. UX Design

Average salary: $90,000

User experience( UX) designers create products that provide meaningful and relevant experiences to users, so if you are a natural problem solver interested in figuring out how to create delightful digital experiences, you can consider picking up this skill.

4. Data Analysis

Average salary: $70,000 

If you enjoy crunching data, and have an analytical bent of mind, a job in data analysis could take you places. IBM has estimated that there will be more than 2.7 million job openings for professionals with data skills by 2020, making it one of the most in demand skills in the market.

5. Artificial Intelligence

Average salary: $80,000

For those interested in machine learning and all the possibilities that it holds, being an AI analyst could be the way to go. When it comes to jobs of the future, few industries stand out as artificial intelligence, making it a great  area to earn your tech chops in .

Interested in knowing more? Check out our awesome tech accelerator programmes!

Want to know more about which tech career would suit you best? Take our free self-assessment quiz and find out!

Recession proof your career

The global economy has plunged into recession. Has your career been affected by this? Find out what technology skills are in strong demand in the foreseeable future as we work our way out of this crisis.

You don’t need to be told that there’s something deeply wrong with the economy right now. The coronavirus crisis has plunged the global economy into a recession, that could mean lost jobs for millions of people.

Despite mass layoffs everywhere and growing concerns over plummeting global markets, tech companies are still going strong, feverishly hiring to take advantage of an economy increasingly going online. As the world moves to a new way of working, tech professionals are going to be essential to drive the crucial switch.

This makes tech one of the most lucrative industries to be in right now. Whether you are at the start of your career, or thinking of upskilling to be more future ready, now is the best time to give your career a boost!

Confused about where to begin? We’ve compiled for you a list of five skills that are expected to be in strong demand in the foreseeable future:

Coding

Code is the language of the modern world.  Any smart device needs coding in order for it to work, making coding one of the most important job skills of the future.

But, which language should you begin with? Programming languages in high demand include website-building experience in JavaScript and HTML, R and SAS for statistics, and AutoCAD engineering programs. All-purpose programming languages such as Java, Python, and C++ are valuable, too.

Web Development

Web development involves taking plans and layouts created by web designers, and  coding them into live functioning websites. If you are the creative types, who loves to build things, then a career in web development may be for you.

User Experience

User experience ( or UX as it’s called in tech-jargon) involves researching how humans interact with technology and using that knowledge to improve users’ experience with tech products. Since a positive user experience is an area no company is willing to sacrifice on, it is easy to understand why UX skills are the most relevant skills to have in times of economic uncertainty and recession.

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence jobs involve solving real world business problems using the power of AI. 2020 is predicted to be the year when AI goes mainstream. Some of the biggest tech organizations have already begun hiring for AI,  and this number is only expected to grow, making AI one of the most lucrative career choices. 

Data Analysis Skills

A job in data analysis involves using data to enable businesses, communities, consumers and customers to make better decisions. If you are analytical and enjoy finding ways to use data to solve problems, then a career in data analysis may be the pathway for you.

Interested in knowing more? Check out our awesome tech accelerator programmes!

Want to know more about which tech career would suit you best? Take our free self-assessment quiz and find out!