Today, knowing your craft and being conversant about established tech industries is not close to being enough. In order to maintain relevance, you need to be on top of as many relevant trends in the tech industry as possible.
It is important for you to look beyond today’s solutions and prepare yourself for what lies ahead. Things change fast in the world and even faster in the tech world, each day new trends keep emerging and it is not hard to procrastinate or ignore them.
Knowing which industries are emerging, which are floundering and which are creating good job prospects is going to help you navigate your own career path more successfully in the tech industry.
Here, I’ll give you insight on how to spot and stay in the loop of all the trends in the tech industry.
This tip is pretty self-explanatory; the most effective way to stay in the loop is to attend events specifically for tech enthusiasts and stakeholders. There, you will have the opportunity to converse and network with some of the smartest individuals in the tech industry.
Corporations also use such gatherings to launch new innovations and inventions. Events like the Collision Conference and TechCrunch Disrupt are ideal ways to stay in the loop.
You can also attend laid back events like Comic Cons.
The tech industry is moving at a fast pace and constantly evolving; another way for you to stay in the loop is by improving your knowledge base by taking information technology courses.
How do you expect to keep up with the latest trends when you are not familiar or not equipped with the right knowledge to understand them?
By taking IT courses you are opening yourself up to a world of opportunities. A technologist that left university in the late 90s or early 00s and has not improved their knowledge base would get lost in today’s technology landscape.
A lot of the recent innovations got their start in the consumer space; this is even truer for mobile technologies such as tablets, smartphones, consumer cloud services, and the like.
Ignoring the consumer space is a deadly mistake and you should try as much as possible to avoid making this mistake.
Consumers determine, to a large extent, the trends in the tech industry, some of the most successful tech enterprises are heavily involved in the consumer space. Apple, Facebook, Google, Amazon, Microsoft and many more are great examples.
Another great way to stay updated on the current happenings in the tech industry would be to take advantage of the “smart personalization algorithms” being used by social networks.
Social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Google News, and others make use of smart personalization algorithms to ensure that you only come across things that you’re interested in such as IT news in this case.
When used correctly, this can be a great way to ensure that you stay updated with the latest happenings and movements in the tech industry. Keep in mind that not all the news we come across online are legitimate, investigate the truth in whatever you come across.
The truth is that some industries or companies will always be ahead of others in terms of certain or overall technologies. Some industries chose to evolve with the times while others decided to remain fairly planted in 2003.
While some industries or organizations are pushing the technological envelope, it is important to follow them closely to see what they are up to. Try identifying organizations that are heavily involved in new, ground-breaking technologies and find ways to get close to them.
This can be done by following them on social media, attending their events or making friends with employees working with them.