Whether you’re a young college student or a working professional, you might have the desire to enter the tech industry. If this is true, the tips and tricks in this guide will help you.
In 2022, the tech industry is in its prime. Due to technology advancements, tech talent is in high demand – meaning there are plenty of job vacancies to fill. Here are some quick examples:
- Cloud Engineer
- Cyber-security Manager
- Software Developer
- Data Scientist
- Information Security Analyst
Essentially, the field of tech has an endless range of roles and sectors for you to choose from. It’s entirely dependent on your passion, vision, and salary goals.
If you’re passionate about security and protecting the valuable data of different companies, then a role in cybersecurity would be likely be suited to you… you get the idea.
Of course, you can’t snap your fingers and magically enter the tech industry. Instead, you need to do some considerable work, from potentially studying a degree to starting a work experience placement.
As a friendly helping hand, make sure to put the following tips and tricks into practice. They’ll help you to enter the tech industry with minimal fuss.
1. Study, study, study
Firstly, it’s recommended that you grab your laptop and study an online masters in computer science.
This will benefit you in a number of ways. Primarily, you will gain the necessary skills and knowledge needed to enter the thriving tech industry, whether you want to enter a role in software engineering or data science.
Plus, studying online is a great alternative for people who already live busy lives. For instance, you might have a career and family life to balance with studying, which is a lot of pressure. Thankfully, studying for a master’s degree online enables you to do this without becoming more overwhelmed.
For students with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, or other similar degrees, studying for a master’s is a great opportunity and will you give you the best possible shot at making it into the tech industry. Remember, in today’s world, employers usually expect candidates to have educational experience in a specific field! Therefore, by having a masters in computer science – or another related subject – you’ll be putting yourself in a strong position.
2. Gain additional certifications
Outside of traditional education, you can also gain extra certifications online for specific tech-related platforms.
Let’s take Google Cloud Platform (GCP) as an example. Right now, GCP engineers are in high-demand due to the number of users that use GCP. Therefore, it’s hardly surprising that there are lots of online courses that offer GCP certification. Best of all, most of these courses are short in length and allow you to learn remotely on a flexible basis.
When it comes to GCP certification, prices can range. For low-level, beginner certificates, you can expect a charge of around $100. For more advanced certificates, course costs can be upwards of $200, which is something to bear in mind.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) is another example of a platform that millions of people are currently studying.
3. Find an internship
As with most industries – from healthcare to sport – a lot of people get their initial break via an internship.
Although internships are often low in pay, don’t let this distract you from how beneficial they are. If you’re short on experience, an internship is a great opportunity to broaden your horizons. Plus, after completing an internship, you’ll then be able to progress to a higher salary.
In your city (or other cities nearby), there’s more than likely tons of tech-related internships available. For example, you might discover that a medium-size software company are taking on a team of internships for summer placements. Also, startups are known for having good internship opportunities.
No matter what age you are, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to land an internship that’s right for you. However, you need to ensure that your résumé and online presence (such as LinkedIn) are up-to-scratch. This way, you’ll give yourself a greater chance at standing out from the other applicants.
It’s also worth noting that many universities and colleges provide internship opportunities for their computer science students to complete whilst studying at the same time.
4. Attend workshops and bootcamps
In big cities, it’s common for tech workshops and bootcamps for take place, although they usually require an entry fee. Interestingly, coding and programming bootcamps have become very popular over recent years.
If there’s a workshop related to web design in your area – and this is the particular niche that you want to enter – then you should attend the workshop with either your smartphone or tablet so that you can take notes.
Remember, workshops and boots camps are also great for networking, as it’s common for start-up and corporation owners to attend them.
Social media and YouTube are also great sources for virtual workshops, bootcamps, and ‘talks’, so make sure to keep your eyes out for this type of content.
5. Stay up to date with the latest tech news and trends
The world of tech is never boring. Every day, new trends emerge and exciting products get released – basically, don’t ever expect a slow day at the office. Knowing this, it’s important that you stay up to date with the latest tech news and trends.
TechCrunch, Reddit, Bloomberg, Forbes, and Wired are all excellent websites for this.
Additionally, make sure to be active on Twitter and follow all the big tech pages, such as @BetaKit and @BBCTech.
It’s highly likely that new niches within the tech industry will begin to emerge over the coming decade. When this happens, you might suddenly become motivated to switch to that particular niche, instead – which is why it’s so important to keep your finger on the pulse.
Currently, artificial intelligence (AI) is on the rise. Naturally, the demand for AI developers will increase in line with this. So, if you want to future-proof your career, it’s a good idea to enter a niche that’s going to be around for a long time to come (and AI certainly falls into this category).
Thanks for reading this helpful guide on entering the tech industry.
No matter your age or background, you have an excellent opportunity to enter the exciting world of tech.
Moving forward, tech is going to become more important to human life, which is why it’s one of the best possible industries to enter.