As in other current career tracks, the IT sector has its own “seasonal trends”: at first it was fashionable to do big data, then VR and fintech appeared in startups. They also look closely at large state corporations, but there are many unfair myths about working in the public sector in the environment. It’s time to dispel myths about the work of IT specialists in a large company – after all, it is in the public sector that now there are excellent opportunities for the implementation of truly significant and large-scale projects. Stable financing, the latest technologies and non-standard tasks: yes, all this is now about IT at Rosatom. In this article, we will tell you how things really are.
Myth # 1: State corporations don’t need IT beginners
Are there just a couple of study projects in your resume? No problem. In large companies, hunting is most often established at the start of specialized education, and career guidance – even from school. If you wish, you can get an internship in the public sector during the period of study at the university, and by the time you graduate, you can already have a solid background behind you. If you have no experience, you can try your hand at hackathons, marathons or forums for beginners. If there is a desire and perseverance, they will definitely notice you. A non-standard track of work can be a plus. In addition, large companies are ready to teach in demanded areas: for example, Rosatom is very interested in AI specialists and is actively investing in the growth of such professionals.
Ekaterina Solntseva, Director of Digitalization, ROSATOM:
Among the specialists who are engaged in digitalization at Rosatom, a lot of young people work, many guys come to us almost after university. We value their understanding of global technological trends, thinking outside the box, motivation and involvement in dialogue with colleagues.
Nobody is changing the basic requirements for applicants for digital professions in terms of core competencies, but the ability of a specialist to connect his IT knowledge with the specifics of a specific subject area for which digital products are created is also important for us. I am convinced that today an IT specialist needs to stop existing in a closed world, where there is only himself and the code, in order to be competitive in the labor market and get the opportunity to work in a leading high-tech company.
The “digital” professional must know the production for which he creates this or that product. Today, it is often easier for companies to train an industry specialist in IT competencies than to immerse the IT specialist in production issues.
This is now the main challenge for young IT professionals, because it is in the industrial figure that the most breakthrough solutions will be born in the near future. This does not mean at all that university graduates have no chance of finding a job. Today Rosatom interacts with a consortium of its flagship universities, which includes 18 specialized universities – this is NRNU MEPhI, which is our industry university, and a number of leading federal and regional higher educational institutions, for example: MIPT, Bauman Moscow State Technical University, St. Petersburg State University, MISIS, Nizhny Novgorod State University named after N.I. Lobachevsky, UrFU, Tomsk Polytechnic and Voronezh State Universities.
In these educational institutions, we organize special training courses and internship programs, and the Rosatom company Tsifrum, together with a number of universities, including FEFU, Sakhalin and Chuvash State Universities, has created research laboratories for a digital profile: students and graduate students have the opportunity to work in these laboratories over the digital tasks of the nuclear industry in the field of artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality. Another important tool is solving industry cases at hackathons. For example, the Digital Breakthrough IT competition, during which participants are deeply immersed in the real industry objectives of the nuclear industry, the fuel and energy complex, the financial sector and others.
I call upon motivated novice specialists to be active, to be aware of the new expectations of employers and to engage in dialogue with companies even at the student stage.
Myth # 2: Lack of Agility and Outdated Technology Stack
Think Agile and Lean technologies work exclusively for startups? Everything is exactly the opposite. When developing, the company uses flexible approaches; most often, entire divisions work according to this model. All new items for IT work are quickly adopted: the company is interested in specialists developing and taking new heights. We also have a remote location if you want to work outside the office: not all categories of employees work with classified data.
Myth # 3: All employees are not allowed to travel abroad
Again, it’s not true: in a large corporation there are often a lot of subdivisions, and a very small percentage of specialists are not allowed to travel abroad. Your wishes will be taken into account and entrusted with a project that does not imply such a condition.
Myth No. 4: It is difficult to get to Rosatom through a resume
All CVs are studied in detail by our hunting specialists. If you really want to work in a corporation, but do not have sufficient skills, use every opportunity to get noticed. The main entry point is career portal “Rosatom”: This is how most candidates find jobs. First of all, Rosatom is looking for those who really want to study and work with us.
Myth # 5: We only hire male programmers
One of the most offensive myths in the IT industry: there are no gender quotas or restrictions in our company. When looking for IT specialists, we focus exclusively on work experience, professional competencies and human qualities of candidates, regardless of gender. We support the choice of the IT sphere by girls even at the stage of their studies, and in the unit there are many examples of successful careers for women.
Margarita Konnykh, project manager for software robotization (RPA) and the creation of “virtual employees” at Greenatom, notes that the number of women in the IT sector is growing steadily:
During my career, I have worked in various IT areas and have never been the only girl in the team – there have always been mixed teams. In the modern world, no one looks at the gender of the applicant and the stereotype that only men can be good programmers is a thing of the past. We admit to the team if the candidate is suitable for hard and soft skills, the gender of the person does not add pros or cons when making a decision.
More than fifty people work in the Greenatom software robotization competence center. The figures show that now in our team the ratio of men and women is 70% to 30%, respectively. The prevalence towards the male side is explained by the fact that there are more male job seekers on the IT labor market. But every year more and more girls come into development – the trend towards a change in proportion in favor of girls is obvious.
And also schoolchildren come to Greenatom for internships – it is especially delightful when people at such a young age have a high level of skills and abilities. Our team includes very young girls who combine their studies at school with the development of “combat” robots. The IT sector is becoming more and more popular, promising and attractive – this has a positive effect on the growth of the “female half” in the ranks of IT specialists.
Myth # 6: Lack of social life
We pay great attention to team building and the development of the soft-skills of the team: this is an important part of the corporate culture of Rosatom. Together with your colleagues, you have to participate in tournaments, hackathons, field trips and have fun and usefully. We also support gaming – if you have such a hobby, you will be pleased with the opportunity to realize yourself in this area. For example, we became the General Partner of the FCC of Russia in holding an e-sports tournament and launched our own eSports portal… Who knows, maybe you are the next champion of the corporate CS: GO tournament?
Alexey Tonkoshkurov, software engineer of the 2nd category of FSUE “VNIIA im. Dukhova “:
Esports at Rosatom is not a joke. For two years in a row, we have hosted CS: GO, DOTA 2, FIFA tournaments at the level of enterprises and the entire State Corporation with the involvement of professional commentators and streams on twitch.
Myth # 7: Too much bureaucracy, routine tasks and work with boomers
In the IT sphere, the main thing is not signatures and approvals, but the finished product. We adapt the corporate environment so that specialists give their full attention to the result, not the processes. Moreover, the projects you have to work on are global in scope and affect the lives of millions of people. This is your task, and ours is to simplify the route of its implementation for you.
As for the age and the search for a common language – we will surprise you, but the average age of our IT specialists is a figure. All employees share a common goal and view of the world, so you can easily find common ground with colleagues.
IT development in large corporations is very responsible, but also very cool. Perhaps you are the one who has to create a project that will change the lives of millions of people for the better? Do not believe the myths: we hope we managed to convince you. We are waiting in the team for the best employer of 2020 according to HeadHunter, but for now take a look at our Atomic IT-channel in Telegram…