Given that IT jobs have taken a beating due to automation, mid-level professionals are teaming-up for re-skilling programs to diminish the predicament.

Bikram Choudhury, an IT professional, who worked with one of the India’s top software exporters for six years, found things very difficult. “Being a network engineer, certified on Cisco and Microsoft technologies, with satisfactory appraisals, I was unceremoniously asked to leave due to cost pressures from the client,” HBL quoted him. After looking for a job for more than 8 months but haven’t been able to crack anything embarked upon re-skilling on MongoDB, an open database technology, which is used to develop Aadhar-like databases.

This decision has dawned upon many such IT professionals. There are people who have reskilled themselves in areas such as UX design capabilities, AI or analytics or moved to other roles like pre-sales in a multinational company.

These new changes are the result of a paradigm shift happening in the IT sector. So long the entire design of engineering colleges of generating tens and thousands of graduates every year, who were employed in IT companies, in turn, billed them in manhours was the mantra of the past. Now with new era tech like cloud computing and other digital technology has transformed the face of things.

IT workers who taken loans have not been able to find jobs of similar magnitude. This has resulted in setting up Forum for IT Employees and Karnataka State IT Employees Union.

As per FITE 60,000 workers have lost their jobs last year, although there are no official numbers on layoffs.

According to industry experts, automation will gain more momentum in 2018, this has led many to match up with the pace and IT companies such as TCS, Infosys and Wipro are engaging in re-skilling their employees. - CXO Today 


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