Suitable Skill set for Freelance Telecom Engineer
Below are the mentioned skill set for to Hire Freelance Telecom Engineer
At a time when the Internet of Things is just around the corner, good telecommunication engineers are highly sought-after technical professionals. For they are the nuts-and-bolts men and women who will actually create the exciting interconnected future which will soon become our present.
Telecom engineers find employment not just in their core sectors of operation, but industries as diverse as defence, software development and space technology.
But what are the key skills which companies and organisations actually look for in telecom engineers? Skills naturally vary according to the nature of the job and industry. Let’s look at some of those that are in demand today.
Since a lot of data that we use is automatically stored in the cloud, skilled engineers who know the workings of the cloud will continue to be in demand in the foreseeable future.
Cloud computing skills are really an amalgam of skills needed to build and run software in the cloud. This includes stack knowledge such as AWS, OpenStack or Azure; understanding cloud architecture that builds on the basics of traditional Web Services and APIs; and a good grasp of networking and virtualisation.
It may be pointed out that a basic knowledge of some of these systems and software can be a launching pad for more advanced skills.
Should telecom engineers learn the sort of hard-core programming which was even a few years ago only required for software experts? It may not be necessary in all domains but areas such as networking and data centres are increasingly becoming more reliant on specialised software.
Cisco’s onePK API and VMware’s NSX are some examples of this. Similarly, new tools such as Ansible and Chef are being used for networking.
Though the quality of tools has been improving simultaneously (for instance, you can theoretically deliver the same results by using a sophisticated GUI), telecom engineers with a keener grasp of the programming relevant to their domain will have an edge.
While the term can mean more than one thing in the industry, here we are using it to describe the various processes required to implement, support, maintain and troubleshoot communication networks either within an organisation or between two or more organisations.
Network (support) engineers are expected to make a foolproof network infrastructure available to a wide range of stakeholders including employees, customers, clients and supply-side staff.
A very thorough knowledge of various types of networks such as LAN, WAN, WLAN and MAN is a key to success and growth in this field. Your ability to adroitly handle a network crisis or a malicious malware attack, which has the potential to severely affect the company’s business, will also be much in demand.
The days when you could quietly sit in a corner with your technology and tools and spend the day without making eye contact with anyone are long gone.
Soft skills including good interpersonal communication are mandatory for growing in your job. You are expected to communicate intelligently with not just your colleagues and bosses at office, but also vendors, clients, customers and, not to mention, your marketing and sales departments. (Don’t worry, their world is not as dystopian as depicted in Dilbert!)
Everybody may not be as tech savvy as you, but the ability to break complex operations or design requirements into a language that, say, a sales guy can comprehend will mark you out for a sharp career growth trajectory.
Make sure you constantly re-skill yourself irrespective of how good you did at engineering school.
While on-job training will take care of some of the learning, you may also want to look at various certifications offered from time to time by organisations such as the Society of Cable and Telecommunications Engineers, National Workforce Centre for Emerging Technologies, and Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers Computer Society.
Having documented evidence of your upgraded skills is a smart move, especially during the all-too critical time of promotion and applying for a new job.
Given the enormous diversity of telecom jobs, this is by no means an exhaustive list, and much will depend on the specific nature of your industry and work. But these are among the more useful skills HR departments in the telecom sector would be on the lookout for.