Steps For Starting a Career in Tech

There are many headlines out there talking about the labor shortage in the tech industry, and the recent annual survey conducted by auditing firm KPMG and IT outsourcer Harvey Nash of more than 3,000 technology leaders revealed that a whopping 65% said that hiring challenges are hurting the industry, a six-point increase over 2017’s results.

Many say one of the solutions to this problem is to encourage more women to enter the tech arena, with the lack of female experts a significant factor in the shortage. For those who are considering a change in careers or are in the process of deciding on a potential career path, now is the time to consider a career in technology. There is immense potential to learn, grow and make a good living at the same time. With the high-prices of homes these days, it’s a great way to increase the odds that you’ll be able to purchase that Virginia real estate, or slice of land almost anywhere you hope to buy in the future.

Here’s how you can get started.

Research the Many Tech Roles

 

There are many possible paths with a career in tech, which is why it’s important to explore all the different roles. Before you begin studying, take time to do some research to determine what it is exactly that you want to do. The long list of options can include everything from tech support and web developer to software engineer and systems analyst, among countless others.

Education

If you don’t already have a bachelor’s degree, that’s a good place to start. While a college education is expensive, by taking your first two years at a local community college and then transferring to a university, it will be a lot more affordable. For those seeking to switch careers, you may be able to receive at least some course credit for life experiences, by writing essays or taking tests. A degree may not always be necessary to start a career in tech, as many skills are learned on the job, though the right education can provide an important foundation for a technical career and some larger companies often refuse to even interview applicants without a four-year degree.

Self-Teaching

There are ways to teach yourself what you need to know to launch your career as the tech industry tends to value actual skills above everything else. Learning HTML, the language used to display web pages is a must for most roles in the industry, making it a great first step for those who are considering a self-taught tech career. There are hundreds if not thousands of books related to the industry, on specific topics such as networking and programming that will be a big help too.

Volunteer

Most jobs in tech require some experience, but how do you get experience in the first place? Once you have the skills, consider volunteering, at least on a part-time basis to help individuals, community groups like seniors, nonprofits, etc. While you won’t be paid, you’ll be gaining invaluable experience.

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