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  • Writer's pictureBrenda Armstrong

5G future and technical professionals in 2024 - What to look for and Why?

In 2021, global spending on 5G infrastructure reached an unprecedented $19.1 billion, marking the widespread adoption of 5G technologies across industries to date. As organizations race to leverage this wave, the demand for individuals proficient in designing and implementing robust 5G network architectures has surged. However, the challenges in finding and retaining these top-tier candidates are formidable, and overlooking critical nuances in the hiring process can lead to significant setbacks in terms of both time and money.

When building a robust 5G workforce, organizations often overlook the value of an outsider's perspective. Professionals, like ourselves, experienced in identifying the specific needs of the industry and understanding why certain skills are crucial, can offer invaluable insights. This outlook ensures that the hiring process aligns with industry demands and future trends, making an outsider's eye a strategic asset in the rapidly evolving field of 5G.

The 'ideal candidate' in our vision is a multifaceted professional, surpassing the mere technicalities of designing robust network architectures and understanding advanced wireless communication protocols. They should bring demonstrated success in previous 5G projects, serving as tangible proof of practical skills. Certifications such as 5G NR Professional or equivalent add credibility, verifying the candidate's technical expertise.

Or perhaps, your ideal candidate might need to be a cybersecurity stalwart, capable of addressing threats unique to 5G networks and implementing robust security measures. Certifications like CISSP or Certified 5G Security Professional further underline their commitment to cybersecurity excellence.

Additionally, they should possess a history of optimizing 5G networks for low-latency edge computing tasks, showcasing a nuanced understanding of this evolving technology. While specific certifications in edge computing may be less common, a candidate's involvement in relevant coursework or training reflects their commitment to staying at the forefront of technological advancements.

Proficiency in integrating artificial intelligence and machine learning into 5G networks is a critical requirement. A candidate's history of leveraging these technologies for optimization and predictive maintenance provides tangible evidence of a forward-thinking approach. Certifications in AI and machine learning, such as Google's Professional Machine Learning Engineer or Microsoft Certified: Azure AI Engineer Associate, enhance their credibility.

However, the reality is not that simple. The demand for such individuals is soaring, yet the pool of qualified candidates remains limited. Finding the right talent becomes the initial hurdle, compounded by the ever-evolving nature of the 5G landscape. Staying updated is not just a choice; it's imperative. The competition is fierce, making it crucial for organizations to showcase the unique opportunities they provide to attract and retain top talent.

Certain attributes elevate the ideal 5G candidate and can position the candidate as a valuable asset in the world of 5G projects. Like being adaptable to the dynamic 5G landscape, the ability to think creatively and contribute to innovate, coupled with effective collaboration and communication skills.

The quality of hire isn't just a metric; it's the outcome of driving the industry forward. In the 5G revolution, every hire plays a pivotal role in shaping the future. Organizations that neglect the significance of hiring top-notch talent risk making significant setbacks. This not only affects the bottom line but also hampers progress in an industry where innovation is the key to success.

Hiring managers are seeking candidates who can seamlessly integrate into their teams, bringing not just technical skills but a comprehensive understanding of the industry's demands. Clear demonstrations of skills, backed by tangible examples of their application in real-world scenarios. This cultural fit is paramount, with candidates aligning with the organization's values and mission gives candidates a chance to stand out and even better, get noticed in the competitive hiring landscape.

So what's the big deal? Why use professional recruiters to help find these 'ideal' candidates?

Well, according to Deloitte's survey findings, 83% of US enterprises recognize the impact 5G has on business operations and turnover. Looking ahead, the International Data Corporation (IDC) predicts that in 2024, 5G will represent 26% of wireless subscriptions worldwide, showcasing the rapid global growth of 5G networks.

Staffing for the 5G revolution is not just a challenge; it's a strategic imperative. By acknowledging the challenges and embracing an outsider's perspective, organizations can build a workforce capable of driving innovation in the world of 5G. The quality of hire is the linchpin, and getting it right the first time is not just about filling positions; it's about growth, profitability, and propelling the industry forward.

Given the $19.1 billion in infrastructure spending in 5g infrastructure, the demand for skilled professionals has spiked. The challenge lies in sourcing candidates who are not only technically adept in 5G, AI, and cybersecurity, but also adaptable to its evolving nature. Professional recruiters are key in aligning talent with industry trends, as companies compete to attract and retain such scarce, high-quality talent in a field where innovation is critical.

If you are seeking an outsider's perspective, invaluable insights, and hands-on experience in hiring top talent within the industry, don't hesitate to contact us at ITEOM.

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