5 good reasons to approach the digital professions

While 2021 was characterized by a greater digitization of organizations (companies, institutions, associations, etc.) in all sectors of activity (commerce, health, automotive, luxury, etc.), new opportunities are offered to all future professionals. who will choose to orient themselves in this constantly evolving field. Here are 5 good reasons to consider a digital career in 2022.

1. Digital is a recruiting industry

This is one of its many strengths: the digital sector is currently not going through the crisis. According to data provided by Numeum, the professional organization of the digital ecosystem in France, the growth of the sector, initially estimated at 4.8% last July, has been revalued upwards to reach 6.3% in 2021. This strong increase can be seen in all aspects of digital, both between publishers and cloud platforms (+ 9.5%), digital service companies (ESN, + 4.4%) and in engineering and technology consulting activities (ICT, + 5.9%). The prospects for 2022 are also growing sharply with a forecast of + 7.1% for this year.

The organization specifies that digital is creating jobs for the 11th consecutive year. In 2020, 4,600 jobs were created and the sector had 538,262 digital professionals among its ranks, for a turnover of 56.3 billion euros. Among the hottest disciplines currently, IT developer work is at the top of recruiters’ most coveted functions in 2021, according to a survey conducted by the Executive Employment Association (APEC) published last December. This position tops the 450 executive jobs observed in the last 12 months, thus representing 9% of the 19,630 job vacancies identified in 2021. According to Apec, these are mainly permanent jobs (98%) open to young graduates (24%) and whose salary is between € 33,000 and € 52,500.

Overview of digital professions

2. Careers are not set in stone

One of the benefits of digital is the ability to practice multiple professions over the course of your career. The paths of professionals in this sector are not set in stone and the locations are far from being compartmentalized.

With missions likely to evolve as you acquire new skills, you can work in many fields of activity according to your wishes, change position or discipline. A project manager can, for example, specialize in graphic design or web development, or vice versa.

If you show ambition, you will also be rewarded with the ability to take on more responsibilities and attractive remuneration. A web developer will notably be able to progress and become a lead developer, technical project manager, or senior consultant.

3. The statutes can evolve according to your wishes

By switching to digital professions, you can also change status multiple times throughout your career. Digital professionals can thus start with paid work and become independent if they wish to carry out freelance missions. But the reverse is entirely possible, if you feel the need to land in a more stable environment. Business creation is one of the many advantages offered in this sector, which remains open to the needs and wishes of its main players.

You can also perform your functions in different types of organizations: in business (micro-enterprise, TPE, SMEs, ETI (medium-sized company) or large groups), but also in management by being employed by an ESN (digital service company), in an agency, on behalf of a local authority, ministry or association. As digitization has increased dramatically in recent months, you can benefit from multiple opportunities by launching your career in this field.

4. Digital professions are open to all profiles

Everyone has their place in the digital world! The important thing is to find the right job for you, where you can grow and evolve over the course of your career. Are you more creative? Are you passionate about programming languages? Are you totally addicted to social networks or do you swear by the data? From web design to data, passing through IT development, project management, e-commerce, web marketing or cybersecurity, you will find in digital the position that best suits your skills, whatever your profile.

Another advantage of digital: the sector is open to candidates from all walks of life. You may have started your career in a field (law, health, accounting, etc.) and add a digital brick to your previously acquired skills. This double culture, as well as the continuous learning that allows training throughout the professional path, are an integral part of the digital DNA.

If hard skills are essential to practice one’s profession, it is also necessary to master some soft skills sought by recruiters, such as versatility, adaptability, reactivity, but also curiosity or creativity. According to the report The future of work published by the World Economic Forum in October 2020, here are the 15 best soft skills to master to work digitally by 2025:

  1. Analytical thinking and innovation,
  2. Active learning and learning strategies,
  3. The ability to solve complex problems,
  4. critical mind,
  5. Creativity, originality and initiative,
  6. leadership and social influence,
  7. The use, monitoring and control of technology,
  8. Technological design and programming,
  9. Resilience, stress tolerance and flexibility,
  10. Reasoning, problem solving and ideation,
  11. emotional intelligence,
  12. user experience,
  13. The relationship with the customer,
  14. System analysis and evaluation,
  15. persuasion and negotiation.

5. Digital is a constantly evolving field

Thanks to innovation and the continuous emergence of new technologies, digital is a constantly evolving sector. According to Pôle emploi, which is based on a study published by Dell and the Institute for the Future, 85% of the jobs of 2030 do not yet exist.

Artificial intelligence or robotics will not only profoundly transform existing professions, but will create new ones, the contours of which are still difficult to trace, such as ethicists or psydesigners. However, some jobs of tomorrow are already a reality. Robotic, data scientist, civilian drone pilot, 3D printer, BIM manager…. Companies are grabbing these rare profiles that affect many professional sectors.

For its part, Numeum points out that the current dynamic of digital recruitment is driven in particular by 5 strong trends:

  1. The digital transformation of organizations,
  2. The C&SI cloud (consulting and systems integration),
  3. big data,
  4. The Internet of Things,
  5. Safety.

Having weathered the crisis well, the French digital market is experiencing very promising growth, spurred by the digital transformation of organizations. However, digital businesses still face a significant talent shortage. If we want to bet on the future, training must be a priority to counter the rapid obsolescence of technical skills and respond to the rapid evolution of professions in the sector, analyze Godefroy de Bentzmann and Pierre-Marie Lehucher, co-presidents of Numeum.

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