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15 trendy jobs for the future- 3 criteria to find yours (part 2/5: IT & Digitalisation )

The jobs selected for this series of blogs are all occupations which demand will increase in the coming years.
4 categories will see the most important upwards trends: Healthcare and Personal Care / IT & Digitalisation / Environment Care / Education and Professional supports / Factory 4.0.

For each presented trendy job, we provide 3 criteria to help you assess if that is something for you:

  • Entrance efforts: How much learning efforts one would need to deploy to step in that new occupation field: low, mid, high.
  • Growth trend: Some sectors will grow faster and more intensively than others: low, mid, high.
  • Local Language requirements: Some occupations will have some global or regional reach and some others will be more local, implying different languages requirements: low, high.

In today’s blog, the focus is given to 3 jobs in the category IT and digitalization .
When available, we provide some further information about the way, in Switzerland, to  educate yourself for these professions.

IoT security

IOT Security experts prepare against cyberattacks on IoT networks, the threats and risks related to Internet of Things devices and services are manifold and they evolve rapidly. McKinsey Global Institute expects IoT’s economic impact to surpass $6 trillion in the next 9 years. No surprise that Cybersecurity professionals are already in great demand, and that will continue into the future, as attacks grow more sophisticated and technologies to fight them advance.

Entrance effort: high
Growth trend: high
Local Language requirement: low

Education: IoT Security experts master cyber security aspects and have an in-depth knowledge of all the elements involved in the IoT ( Data base, data analytics, user interface, connectivity, etc) . A background in computer Sciences is preferred and might be completed with a specialisation in Cybersecurity (ETZ offers a DAS and a CAS in Cyber Security) and courses on IoT (EPFL offers continuous education on IoT)

Computer vision engineers

Computer Vision is a key ingredient in developing great virtual, augmented, and mixed reality technology. Computer vision engineers apply machine learning and deep learning to computer vision problems. They conceive proof-of-concept prototypes that establish overall system performance, analyze and improve efficiency, scalability and stability of various deployed system. Demand for computer vision engineers has grown steadily since 2013. Considering that investments in AR and VR are expected to grow from $11.4 billion in 2017 to $215 billion in 2021, not to mention the expected rise of self-driving cars, the demand for computer vision engineers will accelerate in the coming years.

Entrance effort: high
Growth trend: high
Local Language requirement: low

Education: Master or PhD degree in Computer Science, Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Robotics or related technical field. (See Swiss Universities EPFL, ETHZ , University of Bern)

App developer 

Undoubtedly, the app development industry is huge and will continue to grow with no end in sight. The demand mobile app development services grows faster and faster and has already exceed the internal IT organisations capacity. Mobile App developers are software developers who specialised in mobile technology such as building apps for Google’s Android, Apple’s iOS and Microsoft’s Windows Phone platforms. Job titles also include Android developers and iOS developers. Mobile app developers’ primary duty is to create, maintain and implement the source code to develop mobile apps and programs that meet the needs and requirements of the clients using the computer programming languages.

Entrance effort: mid
Growth trend: high
Local Language requirement: low

Education: B.S. or M.S in Computer Science and more importantly a good control of the different computer languages that can be used in application development ( Python, Java, PHP, C++, C#, Swift, QML, etc). A training and certification in most languages can be acquired through online courses. Proven experience using these languages will often been required.

In upcoming blogs you will discover jobs related to Environment Care, Education and Professional supports  and to Factory 4.0. Chapter 1 of this Trendy Jobs dossier was about trendy jobs in Healthcare and Personal Care and is already available here.

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Sandrine van den Oudenhoven helps dual career couples to make their relocation in Switzerland a project for both. With the job4U2 programs, she is supporting the accompanying partners’ professional integration by sharing her knowledge of the Swiss economic network, of the recruiters’ expectations and custom, but also by deploying her ability to nurture individuals’ motivation and positive energy during this period of major changes.

15 trendy jobs for the future- 3 criteria to find yours (part 1/5)

The jobs selected for this series of blogs are all occupations which demand will increase in the coming years.
4 categories will see the most important upwards trends:

Healthcare and Personal Care / IT & Digitalisation / Environment Care / Education and Professional supports / Factory 4.0.

For each presented trendy job, we provide 3 criteria to help you assess if that is something for you:

  • Entrance efforts: How much learning efforts one would need to deploy to step in that new occupation field: low, mid, high.
  • Growth trend: Some sectors will grow faster and more intensively than others: low, mid, high.
  • Local Language requirements: Some occupations will have some global or regional reach and some others will be more local, implying different languages requirements: low, high.

In today’s blog, the focus is given to 3 jobs in the category Healthcare and Personal Care.
When available, we provide some further information about the way, in Switzerland, to  educate yourself for these professions.

Home Health Aides

A home health aide cares for people who have disabilities, chronic illnesses, cognitive impairments, or age-related problems, who have the need or desire to still live in their own home. The home health aide provides basic services such as giving medicine, changing bandages, and checking vital signs like temperature, and pulse and respiration rates. They also provide domestic support such as changing bed linens, washing and ironing the patient’s laundry, and cleaning the patient’s place of living. They also support patients in their mobility and entertain them to keep them mentally healthy and alert

Entrance effort: low
Growth trend: high
Local Language requirement: high

Swiss education: Delivered by the Swiss red-cross, informations available in French and in German

Nurses

Nurses monitor patients, administers medications, keeps records, consults with healthcare providers, educates patients and more. They collaborate with physicians and multidisciplinary team members; provide physical and psychological support to patients, friends, and families; supervise assigned team members.

Entrance effort: mid
Growth trend: mid
Local Language requirement: high

Swiss education: B.A (3 years education in a HES/ Fachhochschule)

Medical and health services managers 

(also called healthcare executives or healthcare administrators)
They may manage an entire facility, a specific clinical area or department, or a medical practice for a group of physicians.Responsibilities range from managing employees to budgeting to purchasing equipment.

Entrance effort: high
Growth trend: low
Local Language requirement: high

Swiss education: Amongst others, HEC Lausanne and Universität Bern offer the Master of Health Administration. prerequisite Bachelor in business administration, health administration, hospital administration, management, or human resources management

In upcoming blogs you will discover jobs related to IT & Digitalisation, Environment Care, Education and Professional supports  and to Factory 4.0.

To insure you do not miss the upcoming articles, follow us on the job4U2 LinkedIn page or on Facebook.

Sandrine van den Oudenhoven
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About the author:
sandrinepicture_contactSandrine van den Oudenhoven helps dual career couples to make their relocation in Switzerland a project for both. With the job4U2 programs, she is supporting the accompanying partners’ professional integration by sharing her knowledge of the Swiss economic network, of the recruiters’ expectations and custom, but also by deploying her ability to nurture individuals’ motivation and positive energy during this period of major changes.

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About the author:
sandrinepicture_contactSandrine van den Oudenhoven helps dual career couples to make their relocation in Switzerland a project for both. With the job4U2 programs, she is supporting the accompanying partners’ professional integration by sharing her knowledge of the Swiss economic network, of the recruiters’ expectations and custom, but also by deploying her ability to nurture individuals’ motivation and positive energy during this period of major changes.

 

Soft landing to Switzerland

When relocating to a new country, one often comes with hopes and expectations for a new life, some aspirations to discover a new culture, to connect with new people and to embrace the local way of living.

The bubble of expectations could be getting some heckling when the new comer goes through the change rollercoaster. When not taking care, it could lead to a bitter feeling, to frustrations and even to a certain angriness and rejection of what the new country has to offer.

The Swiss media is full of articles about expats complaining about the locals not being friendly and about the encountered difficulties to connect with Swiss people.
Each country has its own culture and its inhabitants their specificities. Some are more permeable than others. Margaret Oertig-Davidson, in her book – Beyond Chocolate: Understanding Swiss Culture – uses a pertinent metaphor: The peach and the coconut cultures. She explains that the Swiss are like coconuts, it’s hard to get in but once you passed the hard shell, you reach a level on inclusion few people do offer.

In the first months following the arrival in Switzerland, during the acclimation time, new comers will have to manage simultaneously their own change emotional roller coaster and the coconut shell barrier.

Here are the 2 keys for a soft landing that I would like to share with new comers to Switzerland:

1- Independently about how happy you are to move here, you first need to take care of your personal resources because a change is and remains a stressful time. The earliest you will realize that you need to pay an extra attention to yourself, the most you will make out of your Swiss experience. A coach can be a good resource to help you understand your personal psychological needs during the relocation transition.

2- Be pragmatic, take things step by step and pace down the expectations you set on yourself and on the new country. Take advantage of the available new comers’ communities such as Internations.org, Glocals, Meetup groups to fulfil your social needs. Time will come latter to integrate deeper into the Swiss culture: when you will be more at ease with the local language and once you will have entered a more comfortable stage of your change roller coaster.

We tend to want it all quickly, but embracing a new culture is also embracing its tempo and aligning our own internal rhythm to the country one.

Sandrine van den Oudenhoven
job4U2

About the author:
sandrinepicture_contactSandrine van den Oudenhoven helps dual career couples to make their relocation in Switzerland a project for both. With the job4U2 programs, she is supporting the accompanying partners’ professional integration by sharing her knowledge of the Swiss economic network, of the recruiters’ expectations and custom, but also by deploying her ability to nurture individuals’ motivation and positive energy during this period of major changes.