How to Make This The Year For Your Tech Career

Why Choose a Tech Career?

Firstly, there is no end of exciting career paths for those considering working in tech. While entry-level jobs start at around £20k — £30k, high-level roles for the ambitious can pay over £100k. Another massive perk for those working in tech is the potential to work remotely. That’s one reason why the tech sector has flourished during the pandemic, where others have struggled.

Four Easy Steps to a Career in Tech

If you haven’t yet moved into the working world, the path to your dream job in tech might be through education. For anyone considering a career change, the route might seem less obvious. If this is you, here’s our four-step guide to landing your first tech role:

1 — Research

There is such a mindboggling array of different career options in technology. Research by looking on the internet to find jobs or subject areas that interest you. Then talk to people who work in those job roles to find out more, including what they enjoy and dislike most about their work.

Lady researching her tech career on a computer

2 — Identify an Area of Interest

If you don’t instantly recognise your dream job after completing the first step, don’t worry! Although your research should help you rule out jobs that may not suit you and highlight any of interest.

3 — Formulate a Plan

Some people believe in having a five-year plan, but others find the idea too limiting. To those people, we would like you to consider the following analogy: If you set out on a journey with no final destination in mind, it’s likely you’ll waste a lot of time, and fuel until you arrive at a destination worth stopping for. Whereas, if you have a rough idea where you’re heading from the outset, you’ll reach the fun stuff much quicker.

4 — Get to work!

This step should need no further explanation. Once you have a plan, the only thing left is to put it into action! Although many people get this far and then only ever talk about their dreams for the future.

Lady taking aim at a target

Common Excuses Getting in the way of Your Tech Career

Think You’re too Old?

Many of us don’t realise what we want to do until we reach our 30’s or 40s so mid-life career switching is becoming more common. It’s natural for these individuals to worry about being up against younger university graduates when applying for entry-level tech jobs.

Not Enough Time

If you’re working full time already, the thought of juggling study around family life can be daunting. However, there are many online courses available which allow students to study in their own time.

Lack of Money

Many people whose jobs have been affected by coronavirus are earning absolutely nothing at present. What’s more, employment prospects in the sectors they work in look bleak for the foreseeable future. If you find yourself in this unfortunate situation, it may be worth weighing up if you’d be better off in full-time education.

No Good at Maths

Computer Science indeed involves Maths. However, there are other jobs in tech for which you don’t need a Computer Science Degree. Media Studies, for example, can open the door to many exciting careers in the tech industry, such as:

  • Content Manager
  • Technical Writer
  • UX Designer
  • Data Technician
  • IT Solutions
  • Cyber Security
  • IT Infrastructure

The Idea of Learning to Code Seems Boring

There are many job opportunities in tech that don’t require any coding skills. In fact, experts estimate that by 2024, Software Developers will produce 65% of software applications without writing any code.

Young man learning to code at a computer

Switching Jobs is Too Risky Right Now

Switching careers is always risky if you don’t have a clear plan of where you’re aiming for. However, you can reduce some of that risk by having a conversation with a Recruitment Consultant specialising in technology.

So, Could This be the Year For Your Tech Career?

We hope this article has inspired you to take action that will move you closer to landing your dream tech job. If you have any questions, our consultants would be happy to help you with your research.

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Rachael. Adria Solutions

Rachael. Adria Solutions

Hi there! I’m Rachael, Marketing Manager at Adria Solutions Ltd. Read more about me here: https://www.adriasolutions.co.uk/blog