The tech industry in Malta, currently growing at a rapid rate, is showing no signs of slowing down any time soon. The island’s burgeoning online casino industry and innovative blockchain developments have opened up tremendous possibilities for IT professionals. Current developments in artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality (AR) and the internet of things and behaviour (IOL) and (IOB) mean the island is facing an unprecedented demand for software engineers.
Local government investment in IT and the influx of prestigious IT firms to the island mean Malta has attracted much IT talent and has become a hub for cutting-edge technological development. Exciting and lucrative job opportunities, networking possibilities and career advancement potential mean there has never been a better time to consider looking for IT jobs in Malta. The island’s wonderful Mediterranean climate, advanced connectivity and excellent standard of living make it an ideal destination for IT professionals.
How do you find the best jobs for software engineers in Malta?
Software engineering jobs are frequently advertised on online job boards, in newspapers and on popular IT websites and social media pages. Job vacancies can often become apparent through word of mouth or referrals. However, consulting a Malta recruitment agency is worthwhile, especially for junior software engineers who wish to find a job with a renowned company. Recruitment agencies have good relationships with reputable companies and can often connect software engineers with interesting jobs before they are advertised. IT recruitment agencies will potentially save IT job seekers, a lot of time. They can also answer detailed questions about advertised jobs that candidates may not be comfortable asking companies directly.
What qualifications do you need to become a software engineer?
In general, employers like software engineers to have a bachelor’s degree in computer science, software engineering or information technology. Ideally, this should include a period of work experience or an internship.
Currently, the demand for software engineers means there are other pathways to pursuing this profession. Learning centres and universities now offer accredited programs in software development. There is a range of online coding courses and software development courses available. When considering these options always ensure that you research them thoroughly to make sure they are accredited and offer top-quality instruction in the skills and programming languages that you need.
Identify the area of software development that interests you
Professional opportunities are diverse and plentiful with industries like healthcare, education, finance, government, IT services and security consistently offering IT jobs. Research the industries that you find interesting and look at opportunities that are often advertised in these sectors. Note the specific skill sets required in the niche where you would like to develop your software engineering career and start developing and honing the skills these employers seek.
What general skills are needed for entry-level engineers?
The required skills and specialisms vary according to the job or project and change over time but in general, the following competencies are sought at entry-level:
- Debugging skills and embedded development
- Competency in CPU or SMP
- Software testing
- Object-oriented design (OOD)
- Database creation and maintenance
What should I include on my CV for a job in software engineering?
A CV is an important document for showcasing your skills and qualifications and getting the attention of the recruitment team. At entry-level, the goal of your CV should be to show how familiar you are with the required programming language and how you’ve developed your coding skills. You should also highlight how competent you are at performing simple debugging and code documenting skills.
Consider the tips below on writing a CV that stands out:
- Read the job description and tailor your CV to include skills to match what the employer is seeking. Research the company and show that your ethos aligns with the company culture.
- Write a succinct CV summary that fits the job description and highlights your unique selling point.
- Include precise details of any internships or periods of work experience you have done. Be succinct and use action verbs; give precise examples of problems you have solved.
- Include a portfolio of work, if possible.
- Give relevant examples of private coding projects you have completed at home or university and list the most impressive and relevant points at the top.
- Include any achievements you have earned in the sector from school or university.
- Mention objectives that link to the job description and state how you hope to develop them.
- Avoid general statements and list specific skills and stacks that you know in detail.
- List certifications.
- Include relevant soft skills like problem-solving, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking and highlight activities that have helped you to develop these skills.
- Format your CV perfectly. Employers will expect the font, layout and formatting to be meticulous.
How can I prepare for a software engineering job interview?
Once you have gotten through to the interview stage of the recruiting process, it’s essential to prepare as thoroughly as possible for the next stage.
Generally, managers will be interested in:
- Your tech skills like your knowledge of programming languages and debugging abilities. Reread the job description to pinpoint the technical requirements and prepare ideal answers to questions about your hard skills. Research typical software engineer interview questions pertinent to the job description and devise impressive answers. Explain how you execute tasks in a way that highlights your skills.
- Problem-solving and analytical abilities. Give examples of problems you have encountered and outline how you assessed the problems and possible outcomes. Give clear steps you took to solve them and state what the results were and how the results met or exceeded your expectations.
- Refer back to the technical skills mentioned in the job advertisement. Mention books and up-to-date papers you’ve read.
Why should the company give you the job?
This question is expected at all interviews as the manager will want to know whether you will be a good fit for the job and an asset to the team. Research the company and highlight the value your skills, experience and character will bring. Emphasise how you will fit with the company culture and mention company values that you align with.
- Prepare a question about the company. This is worthwhile and goes a long way in showing the recruiter that you’re interested in the role.
- At entry-level, to add to your CV, include professional and academic references that can comment on your skills, attitude and work.
- Network! Leverage connections with contacts peers, supervisors, mentors and professional bodies to expand your support network. Seek advice and let people know you’re seeking work or would appreciate advice for your job search. Joining online platforms and forums can be another way of connecting and getting valuable advice.
- While you may not have acquired a great deal of experience, emphasise the enthusiasm and energy you will bring to the team.
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