My first 12 months as a Java Recruiter
It’s been just over a year since I stopped treading the floorboards as an actor and moved over to the world of technology recruitment. From a young age I never felt the urge to explore the roots of Java, C++ or VB, even though my dad was a proficient .Net Developer.
Not to say I never gave development a go. My dad once attempted to teach me some code; writing some lines in Visual Basic, to make a picture of one of the aliens from Toy Story to move around a blank screen. Not quite cutting edge AI or advanced Machine Learning algorithms, but as an eleven year old the whole world of coding was lost on me when there was Streets of Rage to boot up on the Sega Megadrive or a drum kit to smash (much to the neighbour’s torment).
So 16 years after my first (and only) coding lesson, somehow I land in the world of technology recruitment; more specifically Java recruitment.
What I can say is that my first year has truly been a fascinating experience. Finding jobs in London and Home Counties for developers has been a pleasure; simply because I have found people who are really passionate about what they do – and want to find a new place for their skills. I’ve met with clients who talk about their vision of where they want their tech company to be in the future; having true enthusiasm talking me through it and for me, that’s gold, because I can get stuck into their vision too.
"to see that these kind of roles are very accessible to many developers is just a comment on how exciting things are going to be"
Over the last year alone, seeing the trends in the Java market has been really interesting. What we have seen is lots of roles opening up within Machine Learning & AI as a whole; lots of start-ups working with different ways of processing complex big data. Technology has come so far in the last ten years alone, and now to see that these kind of roles are very accessible to many developers is just a comment on how exciting things are going to be in another ten years’ time from now – it’s pretty mind blowing.
If you follow tech news, you’d have noticed that Google Deepmind’s latest project ‘AlphaGo’ managed to beat the European champion at the ancient game of ‘Go’. This victory may seem small to many people outside of tech, but to the tech community this win truly demonstrates just how powerful AI is beginning to be. No doubt these kind of achievements will lead to more opportunities being created across the technology market.
The technology market has moved so quickly in the year I’ve been involved with it; judging market trends of late I’m sure I’m in for another fascinating 12 months within technology recruitment.