How to Make This The Year For Your Tech Career

The demand in 2021 for tech professionals is higher than it’s ever been. For employers, this is creating a problematic tech skills gap. Although, for individuals looking to break into the tech world, this presents a wealth of opportunities. So could this be the year for your tech career? This article takes a look at how to get your tech career off to the best start in 2021 and common excuses that hold people back.

Why Choose a Tech Career?

Four Easy Steps to a Career in Tech

1 — Research

If you don’t know anyone in that line of work, reach out to LinkedIn professionals to ask their opinion. If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile, now is the perfect time to set one up!

If you’ve never done any networking before, the thought striking up a conversation with someone you don’t know can seem daunting. However, you will be surprised at how eager people are to share their knowledge if you ask.

Networking doesn’t practically improve your experience for a job. It does allow you to use the expertise of others to formulate your own opinions. It’s difficult to convince hiring managers that you’re a good fit for their vacancy unless you have experience. However, a convincing backstory explaining who or what inspired you to pursue that career can make you appear less risky.

Lady researching her tech career on a computer

2 — Identify an Area of Interest

For example, you may have more interest in roles involving visual design, technical problem-solving or managing people and process. On the other hand, you may find you totally zone out regarding jobs involving data or statistics.

3 — Formulate a Plan

Having a five-year plan doesn’t mean you must stick to it rigidly. Life presents us with unexpected opportunities all the time. It’s OK to change your mind along the way but having a starting point just means you’ll make more progress in a shorter space of time.

Once you have a job role or area of technology you’d like to work in, you can take a look at any qualifications or experience you might need and sketch out a road map to get there.

4 — Get to work!

So, next, we’re going to take a look at common excuses people make for not pursuing their dream career in tech.

Lady taking aim at a target

Common Excuses Getting in the way of Your Tech Career

Think You’re too Old?

But while it’s true that college leavers have youth on their side, what they lack is life experience and soft skills. These are two things that are extremely valuable to employers. So instead of worrying that your age might hold you back, consider other qualities you can bring to the workplace.

Not Enough Time

For example, Udacity offers a Nanodegree that equips you with the programming languages you might need to become a Full Stack Web Developer. They estimate that by studying 5–10 hours per week, you can complete the course in 4 months. How many of us waste that much time every week doom scrolling during lockdown?

Lack of Money

Advanced learner loans are available from the government for those wishing to study level three, four, five or six qualifications. If eligible, the amount you receive will only cover essential living costs while you study. However, it’s worth keeping in mind the average salary of someone with a Computer Science degree and a few years’ experience in the UK is around £45,000. So while basic living might not seem very glamorous for the time being, it’s worth considering what life might be like if you might double or even triple your salary.

No Good at Maths

  • Content Manager
  • Technical Writer
  • UX Designer

Or if you don’t fancy university, you could earn while gaining technical skills with an apprenticeship. Tech-related Apprenticeships include:

  • Data Technician
  • IT Solutions
  • Cyber Security
  • IT Infrastructure

The Idea of Learning to Code Seems Boring

Young man learning to code at a computer

Switching Jobs is Too Risky Right Now

IT Recruitment Specialists have a deep understanding of the area of the jobs market they recruit within. Furthermore, they are aware of skills gaps within the employment market and can advise you accordingly.

When people say they want to retrain for a tech career, they tend to focus on prominent roles like Web Design or Software Development. They often go ahead and sign up to costly coding bootcamps without considering how employable they will be once qualifying.

However, there are less obvious tech careers available which you might be unaware of. A conversation with a Recruitment Consultant can open your eyes to lesser thought of job roles within the sector which aren’t as saturated with entry-level skills.

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

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