What employers need vs. what developers know

Philip Morgan

Hackerrank released this interesting survey: https://research.hackerrank.com/developer-skills/2018/It might be worth a glance if you find those kind of things interesting. I certainly do.In particular, this one graph caught my eye:You can see the full-rez version of this graph about 1/3 of the way down the page at https://research.hackerrank.com/developer-skills/2018/Let's dig into that graph a bit more:(the gray bars are skill availability, the white bars are employer demand for that skill)I hate the idea of using localized bubbles (temporary increases in demand for a specific skill) as a career development strategy. If your only way of deciding what to learn and where to focus your energy is what tech skill is most in demand, then you are using localized bubbles as a career development strategy.I hate this because a localized bubble is usually followed by a localized glut (oversupply of a specific skill, often associated with reduced demand for that skill), which resembles a slow-motion version of the thing I hate the most of all in business: the feast/famine cycle. Over the time span of a career (let's say 20 to 40 years), chasing bubbles and rushing out of gluts ends up looking a lot less like a steadily-improving career and a lot more like a hamster wheel.Yes, bubbles are a form of opportunity. But, they really suck as a career development strategy.I can help you build something better. Something more profitable and durable: http://positioningacceleratorprogram.com-PWant help improving your positioning or marketing? I offer a small group program to help you do exactly that: http://positioningacceleratorprogram.comI work with people 1-on-1. If you're interested in learning more, follow this link: /11-retainerKnow a self-employed software developer who might benefit from specialization? Send 'em this free gift! Details here --> /referrals/