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A career in telecoms: why the future is so bright

Given the outstanding growth in the telecommunications industry over the past 10 years, it seems outrageous that it could continue to grow. But according to recent forecasts, it will. At an unprecedented rate. Currently, the telecoms industry capitalises on a market of 1.7 billion internet users and 4.6 billion mobile users. Yet it is estimated that this is going to increase to 4.7 billion internet users and 6 billion mobile users. Connectivity matters more now that it ever has before, and will form the basis for the acceleration of the telecoms industry over the next 10 years. Within the next decade, we will also begin to see a new wave of technology designers enter the industry who have been in a digital world their entire lives. This increase in global usage of telecoms technology and demographic change has the potential to take the telecoms technology into unparalleled realms.

The prospect of the new technology that is going to emerge in the future is exciting. But, for anyone working or interested in working in the telecommunications industry, the future of careers in telecoms is the real attraction. The primary reason for this is that a larger market of telecom technology users means that a greater number of jobs will be available purely in maintaining telecoms access to millions of customers. And, in addition, new technology opens up the prospect of new careers in all stages of design, manufacture and distribution of telecoms products. Likewise, new technology opens up the space for telecoms entrepreneurs that design software utilising new technology in original ways. Most of all, the current projections for the future of telecoms mean one thing: career stability. Now that telecommunications technology underpins both business and personal communication, a telecom professional can be sure that there will always be a need for their industry.

Take for instance, mobile communication. According to Cisco, in 2015 alone, worldwide mobile data traffic grew by 74%. The main reason for this is the rapid uptake of mobile technology in new regions. Of the mobile data growth in 2015, the highest growth rate was in the Middle East and Africa at 117% closely followed by Pacific Asia at 83% and Latin America at 73%. Following these trends, worldwide mobile data traffic is estimated to increase 8 fold between 2015 and 2020. Successfully capitalising on new markets in the mobile telecommunications sector could mean thousands, if not – hundreds of thousands – of new jobs in this sector.

In addition, in the next 10 years it is anticipated that we will experience growth in the Machine to Machine or M2M sector which utilises automatic telecommunication between machines. Currently, M2M is primarily used in technology to automatically report automotive collisions but also has the potential to be developed for integration with mobile technology for automatic payment systems among others.

With telecommunication now being such an important part of modern life, it’s somewhat unsurprising that now is a better time than ever to consider a career in telecoms.

Contact us today to discover a career in telecoms.

New Recruitment Partner to G3

Screen Shot 2016-03-21 at 10.26.45We are proud to announce that we have been made the official recruitment partner to G3 Comms.

You can view this announce on RecruiterChannelWeb and Recruitment International.

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Telecom Recruitment Assessment Centres

6 months into my career in the recruitment game I was granted a fantastic opportunity. One of my top clients, an Irish based Voice and Voice Recording Specialist, came to me looking for a couple of Junior/Trainee Engineers. Faced with filling multiple positions of essentially the same role, I came up with the idea of streamlining the process through an Assessment Centre. The concept is simple; you set a date, time and venue and invite select candidates to come in and be reviewed through a combination of group and individual exercises. This allows the client to evaluate candidates on a number of characteristics and aptitudes such as how they interact with others, react under pressure, work in groups, their technical competency, ability to understand and interpret instructions and deal with confrontational personalities, to name just a few.telecoms-assessment

I don’t claim to be an innovator with this approach in any way, this method of evaluating job hunters and applicants is a tried and true method that has been around for decades. Like most college graduates or job seekers, I have gone through many formal interview processes like this while looking for a job myself, and have had good and bad experiences. However, running the process; managing the logistics, designing the exercises and structure of the day is a completely different matter to just taking part as a candidate. After pitching the idea to client, we got the go ahead to run with the idea. The venue would be on client site, and the date was around 4 weeks out from our conversation.

The location was a perfect setting to introduce candidates to their potential future employer, and also gave us an idea of the maximum number of candidates we would be looking to invite. From there it was up to me and my team to find and screen candidates and design a process in collaboration with the client that would evaluate the candidates and allow us to make informed decisions on their potential for the role. As with any event, there is the initial difficulty of getting attendees. As a recruiter, we have traditional sourcing methods for finding candidates. However, to reach the profile of candidates we wanted for this (recent graduates from a technical course/background) we had to adapt a different approach. Figuring this out was quite a challenge, and took some tinkering, experimentation and time to get it right. When we did, we were blasted with applications for the role, which required a massive time commitment from myself and the team to pick the most suitable applicants.

The lead up to the event itself was, as one could imagine, a trying period with candidates dropping out and logistical difficulties arising. Our working motto of ‘hope for the best, prepare for the worst’ served us well as we prepared for every contingency we could think of, such as overbooking with more candidates than the venue could hold. Although we had a plan for the exercises we would run, a combination of sprint interviews and individual and group exercises, there was still some last minute adjustments made following continuous review and debate within the Ingenio team and the client. The entire process required constant fine-tuning. Thankfully, when the day came, it ran as smoothly as we could’ve hoped for.

Having tested and fine-tuned the process and seen its success, I will now be running monthly or bi-monthly Assessment Centres in both Ingenio offices in Dublin and London. We will be holding them for both young sales and technically minded job seekers. This will allow us to manage and maintain a pipeline of great candidates for both our current clients, potential clients and for our own internal hiring needs. As an Ingenio Enhanced Service, hiring from an Ingenio Client Dedicated Assessment Centre is priced at a premium rate. However, the value of an assessment centre for a client is unquestionable, as it allows you to significantly speed up the time to hire by circumventing the formal 2/3 stage process you would normally run, and do it all in 1 afternoon or morning, with the same outcome: the hiring of an ideal fit for your organisation!

If you would be interested in hearing more about the next Ingenio Assessment Centre, please get in touch by using the contact form located on the side or calling Kevin Haines on +353 87 793 4664.

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New London Office

‘Open for Business’

The Ingenio London team are very pleased to have completed a recent office move from Moorgate over to Bishopsgate in the heart of the City. Our brand new office space is an amazing environment featuring open workspace, high end meeting rooms and a purpose built office for our team. We are so proud of our new space that we have literally thrown open our doors and have visits every day from clients, candidates, partners and friends.

There is always someone here in our office so please do come and visit us for a chat and a drink anytime at 1 Primrose Street, London, EC2A 2EX…