The Covid pandemic has accelerated the adoption of technology in almost every area of life. It has also fueled the use of new technologies such as blockchain, artificial intelligence and machine learning, and the Internet of Things, bringing the future closer to us. However, this has also increased the demand for developers and innovators. With Silicon Valley lacking enough developers to meet such a challenge, India is in a unique position. Today India has an opportunity to improve its reputation for producing competent technologists. To seize this opportunity, however, India needs to expand its teaching infrastructure for secondary and tertiary education to ensure the world is never short of highly talented (and cutting-edge) developers.
Here’s how India can meet Silicon Valley’s demand for quality tech talent:
Ensuring a large talent pool
India is the second most populous country in the world after China and one of the youngest with a median age of 29. By intensifying its education and professional infrastructure along with favorable government policies, India can easily ensure a high quality technical talent pool that is technically sound and industry mature. The New Education Policy announced in 2020 is a significant step. As part of the new educational structure, students in grades 6 and up will learn about data science and coding. This shift in early education will increase students’ exposure to technology at an early age and enable India to lead the way into a new world of innovation and creativity.
maintaining quality and reliability
Whenever a global technology company plans to relocate its work abroad or hire technical talent, high standards, professionalism and reliability are some of the most important factors to consider. The Indian education system has produced the second highest number of CEOs in the world, and the quality and reliability of Indian tech talent is consistently high. There’s a reason India has been one of the top foreign sources for top professionals in the US tech sector for more than two decades. A solid educational base, excellent technical skills, strong business abilities and solid work ethic have given Indian technicians a competitive advantage in the market.
Prepare for a Talent Cloud remotely.
What is remote ready?
To me, someone is remote-ready if they present well on video calls, have a working knowledge of English for technical communication, have an uninterrupted workspace, and have a fast and reliable internet connection. And, of course, engineers should strive to always be on time.
And a talent cloud?
Every tech company loves speed. People in Silicon Valley want to add people in days, not weeks or months.
In the past, a hiring manager would have had to try to find out how well educated a person was. It took time and doesn’t scale. Talent clouds ensure employees are ready to start work, they are screened for performance in their areas of expertise using AI, and their schedules and salary expectations match the market. When an engineer is in a talent cloud, they are easier to hire.
Being on a Talent Cloud offers a significant advantage compared to someone who has their resume on a job board or responds to ads.
Many US companies are currently looking for Indian talent; Our engineers have to make themselves easy to find! The good news is that now it can be easy to find someone, no matter how remote their location is.
As an Indian entrepreneur building a business with an Indian co-founder, I know first-hand how vast our talent pool is and how our country’s talent pool is a vital asset to the world to achieve excellence in a digital-dominated world. By ensuring access to the right platforms and avenues, more Indian developers can position themselves to take leadership roles in Silicon Valley companies with the same Silicon Valley-caliber expertise as Valley developers.
The views expressed above are the author’s own.
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