Tag Archives: Jobs in Design & Tech

In this Jobs in Design & Tech tag, you can firstly find all of our most useful and up-to-date career resources in this field.
We aim to provide you with options in this career field. Also, practical information so that you can pursue your interests easily.
You will also find out what qualifications would be helpful to succeed in your chosen field within this field of interest.
We hope you find both of these useful.

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Day in the life of a design manager

The top design jobs in the UK at the moment are reportedly product managers and design managers. The difference between these might not always be too clear.

We have already had a look at the top of these jobs, a Product Manager. We will now have a look at what it entails being a Design manager.

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What is a Senior Design Manager?

A Product Manager and Design Manager would usually work side by side. Although they both have certain design roles to fulfil, a product manager will also have a more executive role.

Design management is defined by Wikipedia as a field of inquiry that uses project management, design, strategy, and supply chain techniques to control a creative process, support a culture of creativity, and build a structure and organization for design.

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Therefore, it is clear that a design manager looks after the design process and keeps an eye on the presentation of the product. A product manager will have a more executive role to play in the product cycle.

Design managers work mostly with product development and marketing teams to keep an eye on the presentation of the product.

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A day in the life of a Design Manager

A day in the life of a design manager will usually be spent in the office and within office hours. The tasks are varied and range from managing teams and processes to providing systems and procedures. A design manager can however also work as a freelancer and some of their work can be done remotely.

Career skills and responsibilities

Although a background for a design manager would be in design, the role of a design manager is more focused on managing teams within this process.

As highlighted in this article on the Challenges of a Design Manager, the focus of a design manager is no longer on design, but managing teams within the design process.

Here are some of the skills a design manager will need:

  • Leadership skills
  • Strategic vision
  • Communication skills
  • Negotiation skills
  • Organisational skills
  • Technical knowledge
  • Creative and Design experience and skills
  • Motivational skills
  • Conflict management

Design Manager career qualifications

  • Although education requirements for a design manager would depend on the industry, a bachelor’s degree would be expected from most managers.
  • For a design manager, a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree in business management or a related field would be necessary.
  • Backed with experience in design, you will be ready to get experience in the field of design management.
  • Some universities also have a Masters Degree in Design Management. There are various Postgraduate courses in design management presented in the UK.
  • The Design Management Institute is also a good place to keep in touch with the industry and find out how this career is growing globally.

How to become a design manager:

Step 1: Get a bachelor’s degree in design or business management

Step2: Get experience in design

Step 3: Seek career advancement through postgraduate courses

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Salary expectations

According to Glassdoor, the national average base salary for a design manager is £45 675. With 31,382 job openings advertised on their site alone. This will obviously vary greatly according to the industry, workload and location.

Finding employment

Although still a relatively new position, there are various design manager jobs advertised in many fields. Here are some of the websites you can find these.

Glassdoor

Jobsite

Monster

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Design career tips

The top design jobs in the UK at the moment are reportedly product managers and design managers. The difference between these might not always be too clear. A Product Manager and Design Manager would usually work side by side. Although they both have certain design roles to fulfil, a product manager will also have a more executive role. A product manager will also carry more responsibility throughout the product cycle.

The product manager and design manager have many overlapping skills.

These are some functions a product manager fulfils that are outside of the design scope.

  • Competitive analysis
  • Market structural analysis
  • Pricing strategy

The design manager role can also be seen as more of a deep-dive job while a product manager is more of a multi-tasking function.

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Product Manager

As highlighted in our blog on How to Become a Product Manager, it can be difficult to define the role or its scope. A product manager is a professional who is at the helm of guiding the success of a product. They are also responsible for leading the team in charge of improving the product. Maximising the business value of a product would be their main concern. This can clearly involve an array of tasks and responsibilities. The most important of these would be to create a vision for the product as well as building and executing an actionable plan.

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Although no specific education or certification criteria are set out, an aspiring product manager usually at least hold a bachelors degree in business. Education in this field is usually associated with a bachelors degree in business or a related field. Areas of study can be varied, but often include marketing, public relations, advertising, communications, economics, statistics and management. Some companies may require advanced degrees.

According to Glassdoor:

Average base salary: £50 000

Job openings: 31 512

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Design managers

A design manager works in collaboration with the product manager through the product design cycle. Design management is defined by Wikipedia as a field of inquiry that uses project management, design, strategy, and supply chain techniques to control a creative process, support a culture of creativity, and build a structure and organization for design.

Entry into design management would start with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in business management or a related field. Backed with experience in design, you will be ready to get experience in the field of design management.

According to Glassdoor:

Average base salary: £45 675

Job openings: 26 695

To look for other design jobs, try this website:

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Day in the Life of a DevOps career

Welcome to our Day in the life of a DevOps career.

Firstly, we offer a software developer values fit assessment. This feedback to you how closely your personal values fit to working as a software developer. Please contact rob@robwilliamsconsulting.co.uk for more details.

Secondly, we will focus on careers associated with dev ops jobs. Starting with the mobile app developer career.

How to become a mobile app developer

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What does a mobile app developer do?

Our daily lives are dominated by mobile apps. You use them to check your mail, connect with your friends and colleagues, play and gather music, store information, the list goes on.  Looking at the Most Used Apps in the World in 2018 blog, I am sure you are familiar with most of these.

  • WhatsApp
  • Facebook
  • Facebook Messenger
  • Instagram
  • Snapchat
  • UC Browser
  • Uber
  • YouTube
  • SHAREit
  • Bitmoji
  • Google Search
  • GooglePlay
  • Google Maps
  • Gmail
  • iCloud
  • Amazon Mobile
  • Twitter
  • Netflix app
  • Google+
  • Pinterest

A mobile app developer refers to anyone that can design, build/or maintain a mobile app. The two most coveted platforms for these would be IOS and Android, but there are various others. These include Mobile Windows, Blackberry, Symbian, SAP, Kony etc.

A mobile app developer would, therefore, most likely be someone (usually with software development background) who builds and/or maintains an app. Often entrepreneurs or businesses come up with ideas as to what they need and approach mobile app development companies to execute this. This is naturally where the mobile app developer come in. Another alternative would be for someone to come up with their own mobile app idea, build, maintain and market it themselves. This is where the entrepreneurial spirit is essential and would involve a lot of other skills not necessarily related to a mobile app developer.

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So what does a day in the life of a mobile app developer look like?

A mobile app developer would spend most of their day behind their computer. The ‘office environment’ will, however, have a great impact on exactly how they would be spending their days.

Dev Ops JobsSkills

It is important for a mobile app developer to have at least an understanding of the following:

  • Principles of secure, stable software design
  • An understanding of the software development process and lifecycle
  • An understanding of some development methodology (Agile, Scrum and so forth) and development platforms or environments
  • Knowledge of two or more programming languages, preferably in-demand ones such as SQL, Java, JavaScript, C# or C++, Python, PHP, Ruby on Rails, or iOS

Other important skills that would be greatly beneficial to a successful career as a mobile app developer

There is no better way for a developer to build skills and knowledge than by doing app development. Also, specialised training and boot camps are highly recommended to get up and running in this field.

DevOps JobsQualifications

There are a few ways to go about it. Each probably focused on a different outcome.

To become a mobile app developer you would need skills and knowledge in software development. A bachelor’s degree in computer science, software engineering, management information systems or similar fields would be very beneficial. Most universities would have options within the field of software development and engineering.

With a degree, it would be easier to approach a company and work as a web app developer to gain access to the industry that way.

Some of the best universities for prospective mobile app developers:

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Coding bootcamps can be great in kickstarting your career as a developer. These popped up in the past 10 years. They mainly originated because of the high demand for coders and insufficient supply.

These can last anything from a weekend to a few months, depending on the content and the program. At these camps, you are submitted to an intense hands-on program, teaching basic coding skills. These coding skills are however usually only in a specific field of coding while a computer science degree will give you a wider focus. For this reason, some employers will prefer to hire from certain bootcamps, while others would prefer hiring someone with a computer science degree.

Go at it on your own

However, coding bootcamps can be very pricey and you have to make sure you pick the field of coding most in demand.

You can go at this on your own with no qualifications, but you will definitely to make sure you are prepared for hard work. If you are more of a do-it-yourself, go-getter, you can learn the skills to become a mobile app developer on your own.

You can learn to code and buy the necessary tools. If you want to develop on Apple platforms, there are free tools and resources available for beginners. For only $99 per year, you can register as a developer and download the programming tools.

The Android software development kit is free to download. Guides to the different Android app kits can be found on the Google Android development site. You will, however, need to learn the programming language, Java.

You can also access the coursework for CS50’s Mobile App Development with React Native from Harvard University and other very useful resources from the Massive Open Online Courses link below.

Unfortunately, app stores are overflowing with apps of all shapes and sizes. Unlike 10 years ago, if you want to develop a successful app you will have to produce a well-designed one and make sure to hone your marketing skills.

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Dev Ops Jobs Salary expectations

Salary expectations for mobile app developers can vary greatly. Glassdoor reports salaries starting at £24 000 pa for entry-level, all the way up to £8 000 monthly (£96 000 pa) for a developer with 8-10 years’ experience. Glassdoor is of the opinion that the average base salary for a mobile developer is £30 200, calculated from 34 salaries as of 3 January 2019. Much higher salaries than these are reported, with IOS developers earning slightly more than Android developers in general. Developers in the United States and Australia seem to earn the most as shown in the below graph. In these countries, app developer income is more than $100 per hour.

Mobile app developer annual salary, by country, in USD (credit to Business Apps)

Software developer annual salary, by coding experience, in USD.

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Finding employment as a mobile app developer

A few of the sites to look on for mobile app developers:

  • Firstly, Tecnojobs
  • Secondly, CW Jobs
  • Thirdly, Totaljobs
  • Fourthly, Jobsite
  • And finally, Monster

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Day in the Life of a Digital Marketing Manager

Welcome to our day in the life of a digital marketing manager

Also, welcome to our blog on having a successful social media influencer career.

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What is a social media influencer?

An influencer is a person who influences the buying choices other people make. They are usually able to do this either because they are in a position of authority, well-known and respected or merely based on their relationship to their audience and their popularity. Unfortunately in an image-conscious society, ruled by social media, these people don’t always have authority or knowledge, but are rather seen as ‘idols’.

Influencers are therefore people that have a big following (on social media specifically) and are able to influence the purchasing choices these people make. Obviously, there are many areas in which a person can be an influencer.

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Aptitude test practice books

Rob Williams’s five practice aptitude tests books are all available on Amazon:

Firstly, in our opinion Brilliant Passing Verbal Reasoning Tests is the best aptitude test practice book for Passing Verbal Reasoning Tests.

Secondly, in our opinion, Brilliant Passing Numerical Reasoning Tests is the best aptitude test practice book for Passing Numerical Reasoning Tests.

Fame as a result

Joe Suggs, for example, started off as a YouTuber and vlogger and currently has a YouTube following of 8.2 million subscribers as of December 2018. He, therefore, has a great reach as some of his YouTube videos get millions of views and many of those subscribers want to be just like Joe.

It is very difficult to define who influencers are or predict who will become an influencer as this is very dependent on the consumer market. It is however no longer a prerequisite to being a pop star, actor, model or celebrity, but can actually be the only claim to fame.

Kim Kardashian can probably be seen as one of the biggest if not the biggest influencer or our era. With a reported following of more than 200 million people across her social media platforms. She has definitely cashed in on her popularity.

However, you don’t have to be a celebrity to be an influencer and regular people are getting big followings on their social media platforms, enabling them to influence the purchase choices of large groups of people.

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Wikipedia explains that influencer marketing, in a commercial context, comprises four main activities:

  • Identify influencers, rank them in order of importance.
  • Market to influencers, to increase awareness within the influencer community.
  • Marketing through influencers, using influencers to increase market awareness amongst target markets.
  • Market with influencers, turning influencers into advocates of the firm.

There are however many success stories to read about unlikely influencers on Instagram, YouTube etc creating an ’empire’ for themselves.

So what does a day in the life of an Influencer look like?

Making a living (and a very good one at that) from merely being popular is quite a new concept. Pop stars and other celebrities have been doing this as a part of their celebrity, however, more and more ‘regular’ people are very successful. Most of this is achieved by being active and engaging with your audience on social media. Posting often. Responding to comments. Starting conversations. Making silly/funny/endearing videos. Posting an ‘inside view’ in your life seems to be the approach many of these influencers use.

There is there no average day in the life of an influencer. It would be greatly dependent on the image the influencer wants to portray. What their niche is. Also, what their content strategy and approach is. Mostly, however, it is filled with videos, pictures, tags, comments and likes etc. However glamorous it may seem, there is a huge price to this lifestyle for many, as portrayed by Katherine Ormerod in her book and article in the Sunday Times.

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Skills and responsibilities

To be an influencer you will have to be good at the following:

  • Communication skills and reasoning skills- engage people through communication, whether video or writing posts. Be able to think logically and analyse problems finding appropriate solutions for them.
  • Assertiveness and using authority – asserting your opinion so that your following is clear as to what you like and don’t like and convincing to follow you.
  • Interpersonal skills-building rapport and trust. Being friendly and engaging.
  • Interaction – building consensus and convincing people to help you influence others.

Qualifications

There are no specific qualifications for an influencer. Some experience or knowledge of Social Media platforms, SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) and content strategy would be very helpful. Forbes provides us with 10 tips on success as an Influencer.

Salary expectations

There is no specific salary expectation as this is such a varied field.

With claims of Kim Kardashian earning $500 000 for an Instagram post in 2015, it seems like the sky is the limit.

Also, keep an eye on our career guides page for a more detailed look at different top jobs in the UK.

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Aptitude test practice books

Rob Williams’s five practice aptitude tests books are all available on Amazon:

Firstly, in our opinion Brilliant Passing Verbal Reasoning Tests is the best aptitude test practice book for Passing Verbal Reasoning Tests.

Secondly, in our opinion, Brilliant Passing Numerical Reasoning Tests is the best aptitude test practice book for Passing Numerical Reasoning Tests.

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