Singapore is a notoriously competitive place in terms of the job market. This is to be expected: as a regional centre of commerce with some of the highest living standards (and incomes) in the world, the city-state is a massive draw for both local and international talent. And although Singapore has a relatively low unemployment rate, many university graduates find themselves underemployed, or struggling to find a job that they want. Could tech training be a cure to some of these ills?
Well, yes and no.
It’s by no means a silver bullet in terms of employment; it’s not necessarily going to push you straight to management level. However, IT is becoming increasingly central to the running of more and more companies outside of the tech field, and with many organisations now utilising apps to connect more closely with customers, the ability to shape this side of the business could set your resume apart from the next.
So how could tech training help you?
Demonstrate a point of difference in a competitive field
As mentioned before, more companies are integrating technological solutions into their operations—many of whom fall far outside of the traditional definition of “tech”. And while there are some fields where such training is unlikely to be complementary to a graduate degree, others such as HR, marketing, hospitality, and finance, are all areas of study that are seeing more technological uptake.
This will be of particular advantage if you’re looking to get involved with a startup company. If you’re in marketing/communications, and you’re looking at a potential opportunity with a new business that’s still building its presence and tech assets, an understanding of the technological side of things will make a huge difference to how valuable you appear. This is because you can switch between providing input across several aspects of the business, whether it’s their marketing, their web presence, or their app—which is hugely valuable for companies that are working with limited human resources.
Gain a greater understanding of your company’s tech side
If you’re already in a management role, and your company is in the tech field, or is heavily reliant on tech/a web presence, or you have an app which is tied to your business offering, why not undertake training that will help you to make better judgements in these areas? Let’s say, for example, you’re a company that offers online tourism booking services. You will most likely have an iOS and Android app as well. Imagine how much more effectively you could contribute in meetings and strategy sessions if you actually had an intimate understanding of web and app development. Suggestions would no longer be based on hunches, but rather, you could put forth realistic, actionable ideas.
…tech training is a great way to forge a path for yourself, rather than using it as a differentiator on a resume.
Put it this way. Imagine your background is in accounting, and someone who is not an accountant tries to give you advice on how to do your job. How useful do you think that advice will be? Now, consider how tech teams the world over must feel every time someone with a business degree tries to tell them what they should and shouldn’t do. With some training, you could become one of few people at the company who knows how to communicate with this oft-misunderstood team. That’s valuable.
Bring your great idea to life and make a difference!
Of course, tech training is also a great way to forge a path for yourself, rather than using it as a differentiator on a resume. Perhaps your background is in nursing, and you’ve always had ideas for an app or program that could help hospitals run more efficiently, or improve the patient experience. Though you may never become a highly proficient coder or programmer, gaining an understanding into how programs are made will give you a much greater ability to formulate your idea, to sell it to investors, and to command a team of developers.
Want to gain some new skills?
At ALPHA Camp Singapore, we’ll be launching a series of 12-week courses in October on web development, ioS development, and product design—a great way to improve your employability, diversify your career, or just learn some valuable skills that could set your life on a new course.