Its no secret the economy is going through a tough time at the moment. The IT sector has not been immune from it. Project cutbacks and postponements are all too common at the moment.
Job security for an IT Architect is pretty low right now. But actually you can use this to your advantage. There is no better time than right now to hone your skills and make a move for that dream job.
What usually happens during times of recession is workers try and protect their jobs. They don’t go on the lookout for promotion, and they certainly don’t go looking at other companies.
Why? Because what they want more than anything else is security.
This leaves a huge opportunity for the brave. Now going down this route on your own would seem to be foolhardy to begin with. You assume that because of layoffs competition for jobs will be fierce and you’ll much less likely to land your dream job.
But in actual fact the opposite is true. Good skilled workers are very rarely laid off, they are of value to companies and they know it. It’s the run of the mill workers that go first, because when the good times roll again (and they will) these workers can be easily replaced.
Now it may seem unfair, but it’s a dog eat dog world out there and only the fittest survive.
So how can you make the most out of this situation? Well, you have to make yourself one of the workers a company would never want to get rid of.
The fact is good skilled workers are still in demand. Why? Because good skilled workers are hard to find no matter what state the economy is in. What you need to do is position yourself, so that when a position like this becomes available, you’re in a position to take advantage. I promise you there will be much less competition for this job than there would be if the economy was going well.
Your careers coach will be able to help you with this by identifying the skills you’re currently lacking and develop a plan to fix them. Soon you’ll be ready to go and attack the jobs market. And even if your dream job doesn’t materialize you’ll be in a much stronger position when the economy does recover.