New year, new (career) opportunity

A new career move tops many New Year’s resolution lists but finding the right role in a competitive jobs market can be tough.

Mark Harbottle, director at Newcastle niche IT recruiters SearchBI, explains why Business Intelligence (BI) and Agile technologies could be the right move. 

As the festive frivolities fade and you stare ahead to the dark days of January and February, the prospect of dragging yourself back to work (and a job) you can barely stand can be depressing to say the least. So, it’s no wonder that the start of a new year is often the impetus for thousands to give themselves a career kick-start.


But how do you land that ideal job? Start by creating a plan that includes identifying your skills, strengths and successes before asking yourself: “What can I bring to this job that others can’t?” Are you really the person outlined in the job spec? It’s also important to start thinking about what you actually enjoy doing. Why apply for another job that will only make you unhappy? There’s no point jumping from one career dead end to another – your dream job is out there; you just need some help to find it.


Remember also that we inhabit a digital world and it’s a given that companies check social media these days so clean up your profile. Use the internet to promote yourself and showcase your talents: set up a profile with LinkedIn and other professional networking sites to get noticed. Facebook and Twitter can also reap great rewards if harnessed correctly but do remember that those photos of you and your friends on a drunken night out might not go down too well with prospective employers.


So if you are determined to succeed and you really what to transform your job prospects why not consider a career in the world of BI technologies – one of the fastest growing and dynamic industries to be involved in. BI and QlikView visualization technologies are exploding across all kinds of sectors and industries, delivering a profound effect on improving business value and helping global organisations respond and adapt to changing circumstances and make ever quicker strategic decisions using data.


It could be said that data is the new oil and with it the rise of a new breed of professionals who are filling important roles such as business analysts, project managers and technical architects. Those who decide to pursue a BI career path must possess a blend of business knowledge, people skills and technical expertise but will benefit from a career that offers advancement, high salaries, the ability to play many roles, great variety of activities and tremendous learning potential. It is a career ideal for those who like variety and change as each project is different.


BI software professionals working as consultants generally command the highest salaries, particularly in vertical markets with the highest growth such as pharmaceuticals and software but there’s also a wealth of growing opportunities in financial services, retail, manufacturing, healthcare, insurance, communications and education for roles ranging from software developers through lead android and net developers to data scientists commanding six figure salaries.


SearchBI specialises in niche IT recruitment, supplying professionals such as developers, consultants, project managers, business analysts and sales and account management executives, to specialist markets throughout the UK. This includes recruiting for professionals skilled in QlikView data visualisation technologies as well as those experienced in advanced BI systems. More at or contact 0191 481 3888