This chapter is the most important chapter for those who are interested to be near a Job Explosion site or having some benefit to be gathered from the explosion. Please refer to the post explaining the pyramid structure of jobs in case of Big Data.
There are two kinds of people you should focus while looking (or changing) for a job. First is that which can give you a job. Second is those who have the map with them as where jobs are available. The former are called employers and the latter ones are recruiters / talent hunting organizations. They are fishes of the same pond.
You are a small fish in this pond who is interested to get into the back of a large fish. You can either do this directly and can ride on the back of smaller fishes. A Big fish is surrounded so much by smaller fishes and fishes like you that unless you know what this Big Fish is looking for, it will break your little body and spirit to approach.
Hence, one of the ways is to anticipate the mind of the big fish and recruiters / consultant / talent hunt companies specialize in understanding the mind of big fishes.
In 1996, I interviewed a young graduate and he was immediately recruited because he knew ms-word, excel, ppt, basic design and emailing. Excellent fellow !
In 2006, A young fellow was immediately recruited because he knew mail-merge, could handle most of search and gathering information, could write structured emails, could maintain the databases and knew how to handle them meaningfully and wonder of wonder was having knowledge of social networking.
Now, all these skills for a job seeker is considered as basic as a write to alphabet. Everyone, as a ad shows a newborn also knows this things.
In 2014, the same fellow while being recruited by a small business will be asked whether he can do all of the above and then can be an alchemist, i..e whether he can transmute business leads from all the data flow going on. In essence, he will be asked whether he has access to data of all types, whether he can analyse them and get meaningful information quickly and in a proper format (so that boss can read easily and understand) and finally whether he is able to be stable when the analysis becomes broader and broader in scope.
This will be the fall out of the Job Explosion.
Unlike Call Centre Job application, there will be more vertical growth available here. I propose the following functions below
Transformers : This will be the army. Thousands and Hundreds of thousands will be in this segment. They will simply transform data from unstructured to structured or from one format to another. A machine could do this but investment on small bio-computers will be cheaper for the time being.
Editors : They will edit the structured data as per pre-set guidelines. This resembles the army of sub-editors you see in a newspaper office. A newspaper is actually a product that handles Big Data without knowing it and hence are utterly miserable from suffering from inferiority complex.
Fitment Architect : This is a small group and they will make abstract models (like children play with plastic blocks) and will visualize as how these blocks fit and change with time.
Business Decision Maker : Extremely few – can count in two hands in any organization. They will use this abstract models and 2 dimensional plans and will be able to see the business future. They can be more aptly termed as Data Astrologers. Please see their working process and Process Diagram here . Also see one of the existing job profile advertised sometime back here for such kind of a Data Astrologer
The good news is that unlike Call Centre, vertical movement will be easier and someone joining as transformer can very rapidly go up if he has the attributes and will be noticed more easily.
In the next post, I shall go deeper into the requirements for rapid growth in the BIG POND of BIG DATA.