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Tech companies are in huge competition with each other to attract and retain talent. One of the biggest battlegrounds after salary is the benefits package, which has grown to epic proportions at many companies over the past few years.
Tangible benefits include stock options and healthcare, while the more take ‘em or leave ‘em perks might be things such as dress-down Fridays and team building days. The result is that there are now a lot of job advertisements out there with extensive lists of benefits, designed to reel in prospective employees.
One benefit that shouldn’t be overlooked is professional development and training. When you’re job hunting, this should be top of mind. But why?
Professional development matters. Keeping your skills sharp, as well as constantly learning new ones, is crucial for your career advancement. Clever companies know that keeping employees engaged is also good for two reasons – it just makes smart business sense, and it keeps great hires sticking around for longer.
If you’re ambitious, you’re not going to want to stand still in your job. As you become comfortable in your role, you’re likely to want to stretch yourself further. That’s where the importance of learning and development opportunities comes in. Access to mentors or those who can show you how to grow in your job is equally important: for many people, if you can’t see it, you can’t be it.
Making use of training opportunities is vital in order to upskill, get promoted, and accelerate your salary and benefits package. As a general rule, you’re more likely to find professional development opportunities at more established tech companies. They’ll have had time to grow, hire the expertise needed to put programs in place as well as develop available career opportunities which you can work towards as part of a personal development program.
With that in mind, here are three global tech firms with great professional development and training opportunities — and you can find plenty more companies and roles on the Job Board too.
Depending on the country you’re hired in, Indeed has a range of benefits and perks around professional development and training. In the U.S, for example, once you’ve been with the company for a year, you can avail of tuition reimbursement (up to a set amount) for professional certifications and courses toward degree programs at accredited universities and institutions.
The company also has in-house professional and personal development opportunities in the form of technical and soft skills training, as well as peer-led training, group training, and mentoring opportunities. It has management training too, designed to equip you with the essential tools you’ll need to manage for inclusion, manage as a coach, impact and innovate, and lead effectively.
As you’d expect from one of the largest software companies in the world – Adobe has over 26,000 employees – professional development is a big thing. “Never stop learning”, is the mantra. Benefits can differ depending where you are globally, but in the US, if you want to explore data science, develop coding skills, or get an MBA, the company will contribute cash towards higher education and professional development. Adobe also offers leadership development opportunities, training through LinkedIn Learning, Harvard ManageMentor, and more.
Established in 1977, Oracle is a huge tech corporation specializing in a range of products and services including databases, middleware, applications, and enterprise management. With over 140,000 employees, the company has several programs dedicated to career development for its people.
Oracle Learning Paths is a personalized list of classroom sessions, virtual classes, online courses, books, videos, and quick job aids that are tailored to an individual's career goals. Like many other tech firms, the company also offers tuition reimbursement so you can undertake further education that relates to your career. There is also access to internal talent advisors who are there to help connect staff with opportunities for advancement – and that could be anywhere within the company’s global network.
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