9 in 10 engineers from top tech firms rate system design as crucial skill for career growth: Study

9 in 10 engineers from top tech firms rate system design as crucial skill for career growth: Study

BENGALURU: 88% of all respondents working in FAANG (Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Alphabet- formerly known as Google) companies feel that system design is a skill crucial for career growth, according to a survey conducted by Scaler Academy by InterviewBit, an edtech startup helping engineers be job-ready.

Further, a focused conversation with a select group of respondents from the survey also finds that 64% of respondents would like to build their problem-solving skills. These respondents rated themselves low on their knowledge on team handling, designing large scale systems, and understanding design paradigms and principles. The focused study also reveals that software architect (72%) and engineering manager (23%) are seen as the main career goals to achieve in the next four years by the participants. A majority of these respondents (91%) also stated that architecting large scale systems is the most crucial skill to accumulate.

In order to address these demands from software professionals, Scaler Academy has launched a new executive tech programme – Scaler Plus, for software engineers to boost their journey to tech leadership roles. Tech leaders and CTOs from the industry will act as mentors, instructors, as well as career coaches. The programme aims to groom the future tech leaders for India and the world.

The survey also found that 44% of the respondents said they would be willing to spend 5-10 hours per week on upskilling themselves and acquiring new skills, with 32% being willing to spend 10-15 hours per week on building up their skills.

Software engineers with a minimum of 2 years of experience will be eligible to enrol for Scaler Plus. The course will run for a duration of nine months, and the syllabus will cover topics such as low-level design and high-level design, software cybersecurity, product management, and engineering management.

“We look forward to the impact such courses can have on a professional’s career trajectory and are confident that executive programmes such as Scaler Plus will enable the future tech leaders of tomorrow to excel in their careers,” said Abhimanyu Saxena, co-founder, InterviewBit & Scaler Academy.

The survey had responses from 1,400 participants between the age groups of 24-29 across cities such as Bengaluru (39%), Hyderabad (28%) and Delhi NCR (11%), with around 22% of the participants being from an undetermined location. Further to this, a focused conversation was conducted with 191 randomly selected participants of the earlier sample.




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