How To Start a Career in Tech
Remember this time last year when the world was quote-unquote normal? Since then, things have gotten a little crazy. Wherever you are in the world, the big-C has likely impacted you whether that’s catching it yourself, or watching a loved one suffer, not seeing friends and family, or having your business or career devastated.
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At times of crisis, we humans tend to search for future proof career paths, investment ideas or business models. Right now, an exciting area to explore seems to be anything that you can provide digitally or remotely. Online retail sales have unsurprisingly skyrocketed, for example.
Is Tech Futureproof?
The simple answer is yep. Now more than ever, we need technology to help us overcome global challenges. Meaning this industry isn’t going anywhere. Currently, tech is one of the most booming sectors. There are always new companies coming along looking for fresh recruits.
If you are naturally tech-minded, looking for a new challenge, and have some time on your hands, now’s as good a time as any to explore a tech career path. So just what does it take to land a job in tech? Below are some tips for breaking into the tech industry.
Build Your Knowledge
If you’re not tech-savvy, a job in tech is unlikely to be for you. It’s essential to have a good knowledge of technology, including understanding various computer lingo and staying on top of the latest trends and innovations.
You may be able to develop this by reading tech mags and blogs or by taking a course. Learning a programming language could be one of the most valuable skills if you hope to land a higher paid job within the sector. Certain hobbies may also help.
Find Your Niche
Tech is a vast industry containing various sub-industries. A few examples include FinTech (financial tech), cybersecurity, digital marketing and consumer technology. It’s worth finding your niche and then developing your knowledge in this area.
Consider what type of technology interests you the most — having a passion in a niche can help when researching into it. Some tech careers are likely to be less popular and potentially better paid than others, but you need to be sure that you are interested in these areas.
Qualifications could be necessary for many roles within the tech sector. A degree in software development or programming could be essential if you want to code software. In other instances, you may be able to land a job with non-tech related degrees (a marketing degree could be enough to get you into digital marketing).
Breaking into the tech industry is possible without a degree, although it may not be easy to reach those higher-paid roles. Alternative options to degrees do exist such as apprenticeships and various short course diplomas.
Start Your Search
Once you’ve built up your knowledge, settled on your niche and gained relevant qualifications, you can then start your job search. You’ll be able to find ads for specific jobs such as design engineer jobs online. You may also be able to find employment by applying directly to companies — regardless of whether they’re advertising or not.
Networking can also be a great way of finding jobs. By building connections with the right people, you may find out news on vacancies and make friends with influential people.
Having a polished CV will help you when applying to companies. It’s worth spending time fine-tuning your CV so that it’s as attractive to employers as possible. Make your CV extremely relevant to prospective tech employers and roles. If you’re not on LinkedIn, setting up a profile will prove beneficial for networking and job hunting.
Consider Becoming An Intern
Internships are a popular way of getting into the tech industry, which involves starting on a low salary while you learn the ropes. The company may then choose to hire you afterwards on a full wage.
If not, then you’ve still got the experience that you can use to potentially increase your chance of landing a job at another company. There are sites dedicated to advertising internship positions. Just like a full paid job vacancy, an internship can be competitive, so make sure you’ve polished up your CV.
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