A report from labour market research council ICTC forecasts 216,000 digital talent positions will need to be filled across Canada by 2021. So it comes to us as no surprise when CEOs and marketing executives tell us they can’t hire tech talent quickly enough, or that outsourcing even routine IT functions to agencies is becoming too costly. What’s the long-term solution? At LiveApp, we recommend growing tech talent from within.
That’s one reason why we were excited to find Course Compare this week, Canada’s first online marketplace for tech education. Course Compare is a search engine for leading schools and training opportunities focused on high-demand tech skills. Course Compare exists to help close the skills gap by ensuring people have access to the digital skills that will shape the future of work in Canada.
For our clients and their teams, here’s a brief overview of tomorrow’s most in-demand tech skills inspired by Course Compare. Plus, we’ve added the best Canadian courses and training programs available to help you level up your digital skills and grow your business in 2018 and beyond.
User Experience Design (UX) professionals improve the usability, accessibility, and enjoyment provided every time a user interacts with a product. This begins with a deep understanding of user needs and behaviour. Top courses in the discipline teach students how to develop clickable prototypes, apply design principles to improve user satisfaction, and develop the agile development skills needed to excel within cross-functional teams.
Mega media platforms, from Amazon to Snapchat, have made it possible for businesses to generate explosive user growth in just a few years. But doing so requires new marketing skills, including data analytics, social media marketing, email marketing and search engine marketing (SEM), to name just a few. For marketers in Ontario looking to advance their training and expand their martech stack, look no further than Course Compare’s digital marketing course list for programs covering these specialties and more.
Product managers balance business, technology and design to identify and bring to market digital products people love. Chances are you have a project manager in your company who already wears the product manager’s hat, even though he or she has no formal training. Professional product managers learn to efficiently navigate the full product lifecycle, from evaluating product viability and market potential to building product roadmaps and getting your team to launch a Minimum Viable Product (MVP).
Companies are overflowing with data. Learning to mine and interpret that data will separate tomorrow’s business leaders from its laggards. Knowing how to use functions, macros and pivot tables in Microsoft Excel is just the beginning, however—SQL, Python, and data visualization using Tableau are now part of the stock-in-trade of successful data analysts today. For popular intro courses to the field, check out Brainstation, Bitmaker, UofT’s School of Continuing Studies and RED Academy at CourseCompare.ca
There’s no doubt that technology is rapidly reshaping the way Canadians work. To prepare for the coming tech tsunami, Course Compare founder and CEO, Robert Furtado, recently told BetaKit that companies will need to build continuous learning into their cultures. And to help them, his team has put together a list of leading Canadian technology scholarships, too.