Being attracted by high salaries, career prospects, and opportunities to set up their own business, young people in Belarus cannot but choose to start careers in information technology. And while it is relatively easy for school students who need just to enter the "right" university and start sending their CVs as soon as in their 2nd or 3rd year, professionals in other fields have difficulties in finding an "entrance" to the inviting world of information technology – not many people aged 25-30 are ready to go back to university to get a new bachelor's degree.
These are the people the IT Entrance conference is designed for. It was held in the Hi-Tech Park on September 16 for the third time. Experts, managers, and HR professionals from HTP resident-companies as well as representatives of the major Minsk-based IT academies gathered in the HTP business incubator to speak about the most demanded IT professions, career paths, an anxious quest for a first job, and other challenges novices face.
BelHard Director Igor Mamonenko opened the conference. He revealed the development trends in the Belarusian IT industry, current requirements to the developers' competence, and changes in the industry which can become possible due to the amendments in the legislation.
Digital HR Counselor Amina Idigova explained how HR professionals estimate CVs. She disclosed typical mistakes in CVs and advised how to interest a potential employer using a CV and how to get ready to the interview.
Vadim Zelenkov, Director of HTP Educational Center, depicted typical mistakes of young IT specialists. For example, despite the fact that normally "there five developers for each testing specialist or team lead," the number of those willing to become a tester is almost equal to that of those who want to develop software. The discrepancy stems from the conviction that software testing is easier.
Director of Business Development at R-Style Lab Nikita Dunets contemplated how non-technical specialists can start an IT career. In the IT industry, there are not so many professions for people without mathematical thinking. Still, people can find their way in business analysis, testing, marketing and sales, or project management. High motivation and knowledge of information technology trends will multiply the career prospects.
Dmitry Kirol, Head of Human Resources at Game Stream, presented the training program Wargaming Forge developed by InData Labs and Wargaming experts to teach students to apply their knowledge when solving real-world tasks.
IT Entrance is the largest in Belarus conference for those who want to start a career in information technology but do not know what to begin with.