Autumn is a perfect time to read books in a comfy armchair. I have found some suggestions to help you relax when you switch off the computer and look at the industry (or yourself) from a different perspective. Plus, I pick up tips on the best specialisations for the coming year and write about an unusual recruitment for the Sketch team that resulted in layoffs the next day.
3 promising opportunities for 2023
The end of the year is often spent on summaries, making plans, and reviewing job offers. Do not worry, no one needs to know that you are looking around for a new company or project. We certainly will not tell anyone, as long as you check the best jobs recommended for you in our app. Just kidding! Today I would like to give you some suggestions in case you need a change in the coming year.
The Next Web predicts that in 2023 you should find the most job opportunities in cybersecurity, UX/UI and martech. Let’s take a closer look at each of these categories. The demand for IT infrastructure security solutions seems fully justified by the current global situation. On the one hand, the war in Ukraine, which may increase the number of hacking attacks on critical infrastructure, and on the other hand, the recession, affecting common crime. On the internet, we understand it as phishing, of course. Security is therefore required not only by banks, but also by online shops, especially as data theft will pay off even more. In turn, the popularity of UX/UI and online marketing tools in the coming year will be linked to the decline in sales of many companies. Consequently, they will be willing to experiment with new functionalities, better understanding of users and customised online campaigns. All of this requires a solid foundation, which will not be built without devs.
The question is whether companies will manage to keep their budgets large enough to invest in both cyber security and attempts to make sales on the same or even higher level. We will soon find out.
Books that every Software Engineer should read
Since you are here, I assume that you like to read. Seemingly obvious, but still rare in our industry. Congratulations! While you can always find best IT content in the Vived app (damn, that’s the second placement in this text), sometimes it is worth sitting down to read something on paper. Possibly an e’book reader.
From Fotis Adamakis’ article, you will find out which books are perfect for autumn evenings and will allow you to take a step forward in your career. There are 7 of them and we can recommend each of them with full responsibility.
The list of recommended titles are:
- Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions
- Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World
- Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World
- Remote – Office Not Required
- The 10x Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure
- Extreme Programming Explained: Embrace Change
- The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win
As for me, I will definitely be on the hunt for Digital Minimalism. I am a total geek, so I spend a lot of time in the digital world during the day. However, sometimes I feel it is quite tiring – the constant information noise, the IT dynamics, the immense pressure to grow fast….
I am sure you know what I mean!
Sketch hires and fires the next day
Finally, an unremarkable story from the Sketch team. The well-known and well-loved vector graphics application has made headlines for its massive layoffs, which affected 30% of its workforce, or around 80 people. From a post on LinkedIn, we learn that this decision was related to the worsening market situation and the need to maintain a ‘product-first’ strategy. That is why a “goodbye” was said to marketing and operations people (well, presumably the responsibilities of the marketing team can largely be replaced by the tools mentioned in the first part of this text).
The problem is that the ‘product-first’ approach clashed with the ‘team-first’ approach in this case. Gergely Orosz cited on Twitter the story of at least two specialists who were hired into the Sketch team on Monday and had to leave it on Tuesday! How did this happen?
In subsequent tweets, Gergely explains the backstory of the case. Well, in the European Union, HR and legal departments often advise to “let people start working” even if their position is terminated, because rescinding an offer (with severance pay!) can expose the company to a lawsuit. In addition, the job offer is legally binding, so employees fired after one day also received payoffs.
Nevertheless, the whole affair causes me some distaste. I am not sure that a payoff would cover such a huge disappointment and surprise. Well, unless someone was Prime Minister of the UK for 44 days and will be paid £115,000 a year for the rest of their life. Then it’s (probably) worth agreeing to a payoff.