Almost all IT professionals expect their careers to develop in the coming year. This is the result of a survey that SolarWinds, a US company specializing in network management software, started.
The participants look to the future with confidence: Almost half (48 percent) of all IT experts stated that they are proud of their work. And more than two thirds of IT experts (67 percent) expect that they will have more professional responsibilities this year.
Continuing education: a must for the professional future
However, every professional development is associated with further training. However, past SolarWinds surveys have shown that it is often difficult to find enough time for this. Currently, however, skills are also in demand for which further training in the traditional sense is not necessary: collaboration (66 percent), creative problem solving (48 percent) and communication such as speaking in front of an audience or written documentation (46 percent).
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Other important skills, according to the survey, are security (57 percent), troubleshooting (51 percent), and network management (49 percent). More than half of the participants named cyber threats as the greatest expected challenge for their company in the coming year (53 percent).
Employees are motivated, but expect burnout
Around 60 percent of the participating IT experts feel motivated to continue to perform their tasks successfully in the future. 81 percent expect various opportunities to develop professionally. On the other hand, almost half of the respondents (48 percent) said that burnout will be a big issue for them or their colleagues, followed by difficulties in hiring certain roles due to the shortage of skilled workers (40 percent) and an increasing or no longer manageable Workload (37 percent).
SolarWinds voted for the global survey in August 2021 287 IT experts interviewed. These include general IT specialists, software engineers, developers, and security and data experts.