I know that Facebook, Apple, Google, Amazon, and many other tech giants are your dream-working environments. You are constantly checking the vacancies suitable for you but do not feel as confident and brave to apply. From now on, you will not have that feeling, because this article will help you analyze whether you have the necessary experience and skills to be the part of the tech giants.
The skills you need
Actually, there are a set of vacancies, each with specific needs to compete for a job with some of the tech giants. If you are a designer, the following tools are required:
- Graphic design
- Web design
- Information architecture
- Art direction
- User interface design
What refers to engineers, they should know they should know any of the following coding languages:
- Software development
- Agile methodologies
Project manager’s skills should not be less than:
- Project management
- Customer service
- Cloud computing
- Product marketing
- Enterprise software
No matter what vacancy you apply for, there are certain skill demands which are a must for all. The primary skills most in demand by job postings are computer science, management, analysis, testing, research, communication, leadership, problem-solving and so on.
Surely, to work with tech giants you not only need a good stock of experience but also you should have the profession which is in demand. Take into consideration the following list but try to find more as well:
- Software engineer
- Data scientist and analyst
- Mobile software engineer
- Project manager
- UX/ reliability engineer
- Security engineer
What about working experience and education
For tech giants, education plays a considerable role. Actually, the most common degree is the Bachelor”s degree. But for example, Snap Inc. requires master’s degree for more than 36% of jobs.
Many tech giants consider 10 years of experience enough for you to be able to acquire a certain position. While there are such which let even a person without experience to start his/her career with them (Apple, Microsoft, Oracle, etc.). However, the average amount of work experience is 2 years.
According to Paysa , at Google, for instance, almost 45% of employees (60,000 in total) know Java. 42% know Python. The remaining 13% has a good understanding and knowledge in Git. There is a certain number of employees who have skills in cloud computing as well. Paysa refers to the educational level. It states that 83% of Google employees have bachelor’s degree.
What refers to Facebook, Paysa gives the following info: at Facebook, all employees should know at least one programming language. Paysa indicates that 46$% of employees know Java and 44% Python. The list of top skills include C++, algorithms, machine learning, etc. 42% of workers hold master’s degree.
Interesting is, that Apple has a bit diverse criteria. Paysa data shows that only 71% of Apple’s 100,000 employees got bachelor’s degree. 28% of them do not even have a degree at all.
Tech giant quotes
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook co-founder and CEO: “The biggest risk is not taking any risk… In a world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.”
Steve Jobs, Apple co-founder, and CEO: “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”
Bill Gates, Microsoft co-founder: “As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.”
Jeff Bezos, founder, and CEO of Amazon: “One of the huge mistakes people make is that they try to force an interest on themselves. You don’t choose your passions; your passions choose you.”
Tech giants vs start-ups?
It may seem that tech giants are ”eating” those start-ups that have success. The best examples can be Facebook which copied Snapchat, Amazon bought Twitch, Google purchased YouTube and so on. Though this tendency is increasing, nevertheless there are a great number of start-ups which build their own strong path and walk through the difficulties competing even with tech giants. Among those start-ups, we can mention Lob, Textio, CloudChekr, UiPath and beyond. What to choose -start-up or tech giant, is your preference. Just do some more research to see what you can do for both.
Surely, having the qualified education or the best experience is a relative circumstance to get positions at tech giants. Remember those prominent ”game changers” who made the world different and better even without having a school degree. However, don’t stick to this as well and work on your own development day and night. Be a dreamer! If you see your future work with tech giants don’t give up on that. Make your dream your aim, visualize it, see it clearly and go for it.