The digital sector is so vast that its contours are sometimes a little blurred, according to our experts! It’s difficult in these conditions to find adequate training. Cadremploi interviewed three experts to help you learn a few key principles and help you choose the right program for you.
How long am I willing to invest in my training?
If you are still hesitating, you should know that the question of duration is essential in a sector such as the digital sector, where short training courses (a few weeks or even a few days) are legion. After a few days, you will be ready to handle one or two concepts – like Adobe Photoshop, for example, nothing more. But should short courses be rejected outright? It all depends on your profile. A training course lasting a few days can be useful if you are looking to acquire a general knowledge of digital technology. But for those who have everything to learn, the Specialized Master’s degree, a one-year course equivalent to a six-year baccalaureate, is the best choice.
Is it necessary to learn how to code?
Those who are allergic to lines of code can rest assured: it’s not compulsory at all! Should you need to know coding? The answer is clearly no! It all depends on the job you’re aiming for.
Ask yourself what you want to do. If it’s the technical professions that interest you – application development, machine learning, blockchaining – you should aim for an engineering school. But if you want to work on digital strategy – i.e. know how to use digital tools efficiently within the company – then a business school or university is the right place for you. »
Training to move from a technical to a business profile?
You are an engineer, and wish to evolve to a more strategic position? A training in the digital sector can help you to take the plunge! It’s a field that’s at a crossroads – neither totally technical nor totally marketing,” explains Yann Gourvennec. And companies are looking for mixed profiles.
The reverse is not necessarily true,” warns Geneviève Metz, “You can’t expect to move from a sales position to an engineering position. But by choosing a course where the profiles of the participants are mixed – in other words, where you don’t have the engineers on one side and the sales people on the other, you will be able to understand their language”. For this mix of profiles to work, the director of Télécom Evolution advises you to find out about the type of pedagogy applied within the training course: “It is absolutely necessary to put it into practice, to work in groups, because this is where everyone will be able to fill in their gaps. »
However, some non-technical professions are better suited to digital conversion. For example, if you are an actuary in the insurance industry, you should know that your mastery of statistics will open the doors to big data type training!
How can you spot the training courses that have a future?
The digital sector is constantly evolving: new professions are emerging as technologies and their uses evolve, others are changing… The webmaster has almost disappeared, while some predict the advent of the data management platform manager (DMP). So how to choose a training that is not outdated after a few months?
>>Do not hyper-specialise
A strong digital education must be sufficiently generalist to enable its graduates to reposition themselves in new occupations. avoid the hyperspecialization trap. Nowadays, for example, the data management platform is talked about a lot, but it’s only a technical element. Is the job of DMP manager really going to emerge? Are these positions going to exist in companies? I don’t think so. »
>>Check that the training is up to date
It is essential to know how the training you are aiming for is evolving. Make sure it’s always updated!! For example, telecom companies have recently integrated courses on smart mobility, 5G or cyber defence – which is different from cyber security – into their training courses. The fact that some of the courses are given by professional speakers is also a guarantee of continuity, as they remain up to date with market practices.
Am I capable of questioning myself?
In order to evolve in the digital sector, it is essential to have the ability to question oneself, deeply and at any age. Understand that your training will not stop at the end of your studies. Being able to constantly reconfigure yourself is essential. »
personal learning is irreplaceable. If you don’t feel like getting up (very) early in the morning to connect to FlashTweet** and follow the latest technological trends? Don’t feel like following MOOCs to keep you up to date? Maybe digital isn’t for you.