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Guest Blog by Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC) - Career Opportunities


The VEC is sponsoring a new career fair component this year, so event participants can also learn about and actively network with companies from BC's booming tech industry, the second- fastest growing sector in the province.

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As 2014 came to a close and the media reviewed the year for their year-end specials, Linkedin decided to analyze the skills and experience of over 330 million members to come up with the 'hottest skills that got people hired.'

Almost every one of the 25 skills highlighted were ICT related or had a heavy digital component. Of the few skills that weren't, such as marketing campaign management, chances are high that those individuals hired were also tech savvy. Studies show that almost every sector of the economy now relies on technology - and in a growing capacity.

It's this last fact that made the HTML500 in Vancouver so popular last year. Lighthouse Labs organized the free one-day learn-how-to-code event, sponsored by the VEC, for 500 people in Vancouver. Not only was every seat filled, but more than 1,300 people were put on the wait list. Beyond just being aspiring web developers, participants ranged from 13 to 65 in age, were a majority women, and represented a huge range of industries.

This year, in light of the overwhelming response last year, Lighthouse Labs and the VEC are going on the road to bring the event's mission - to expand digital literacy in Canada - to an even bigger audience. Companies in the VEC's key sectors, which include digital entertainment and interactive and green business in addition to technology, rely heavily on having the best talent in the country and demand far exceeds Vancouver's supply. As a result, the VEC is sponsoring a new career fair component this year, so event participants can also learn about and actively network with companies from BC's booming tech industry, the second- fastest growing sector in the province.

The VEC is confident that HTML500's innovative platform will provide some immediate relief for these companies looking for talent, and also increase long-term talent supply by inspiring future generations to code. The event is held in a way that removes barriers and intimidation, builds confidence and demystifies the process among young professionals - from marketers, community managers and journalists to designers, HR specialists and teachers. It also targets university students, career changers and "techNOlogists" – people who are intimidated by code or unaware of the opportunities that tech has to offer.

written by: Eric Unmacht - Communications Strategist, Vancouver Economic Commission