UMTS / 3G Job Market
3G tech jobs will boom for telco sector by Silicon.com, (01/08/03)
Operators to off-shore 275,000 positions by 2008 by Cellular News, (26/03/04)
Hope on the horizon?
2004 telecommunication job market is starting to look better. Some major 3G companies are still cutting their work force, but hiring (sub)contractors at the same time. A lot of 3G project are entering into the busy rollout phase and experienced people find it easier to find jobs.
In late 2002 telecommunication job market could not be been much
worse. More than 500,000 jobs have been lost worldwide in the last two years.
Every major vendor and some operators have announced layoffs.
The biggest job cuts were in the order of 50,000 in Lucent Technologies,
Motorola and now Ericsson. Operators, which have not cut their work force,
have head count freezes and very few permanent jobs are created in the industry.
GSM operator One.Tel in Australia went bankrupt in 2001 and Broadband Mobile
in Norway decided not to build a 3G network and hand back the license to
the Government. Even the biggest mobile operator Vodafone has announced that
they are going to postpone their 3G software application development, while
at the same time cutting permanent staff. If you have tried to apply for
a job in telecommunications lately, you will know how hard it is to get somebody
to call you back.
So where is the silver lining? Well, some countries are just starting
to develop their second generation networks, like Nigeria and Kenya in Africa,
Albania and some east European countries. In China and Latin America where
the mobile business is booming, there are plenty of jobs opportunities in
expanding current second generation networks. All around the world, operators
are upgrading their networks to the so called 2.5 generation which offers
higher data speeds using GPRS technology. Finally, in most mature GSM countries,
operators have already started work on developing 3G, much of which is being
outsourced to smaller local companies. Greenfield 3G operators are also slowly
getting started. Opportunities are there but you need to be ready for them,
competition for jobs is tougher now.
To get a good 3G/GPRS job you need to become an expert in your field.
Go to internal and external technical courses, even pay for those if you
have to. For example APIS, Widermind, Imagicom, PMCG Consultancy, Mpirical, Aircom or Wraycastle provide a range of 3G technical courses. Universities like for example University of Oxford and University of Surrey
offers short UMTS, Electronics and Communications courses for graduate-level
professional engineers. Attend seminars and exhibitions to make contacts,
nothing beats a good network of friends. Research the companies and get to
know the people you want to work with. Some of the main events are listed
Local events provide a better opportunity to get a deeper understanding of
what is happening with the organisations in your area. Get all the literature
you can get your hands on. Our Books Page has a good selection of 3G / UMTS books. Get ready for the job and the job will come to you!
Good places on the Internet to start looking for a job are Jobserve, Hotjobs and Monster.
Jobserve is the biggest and the most popular 3G/UMTS work search site and
has links to numerous agents' web sites, which contain more job listings.
Free web resources like Job UK gives you advices and tips how to find and get the job you want.
If you have good job search tips email those to us.