How to start your career in tech

Written on: 4 July 2019

Written by: Amanda McCombie



Whether you are entering the world of work for the first time, or simply feel ready for a change of career, it is important to understand the skills you have. This will help you to achieve your long-term career goals.

Do your research

The first thing you need to consider is the area of tech you want to specialise in. The tech sector is huge; the different avenues you can go down when it comes to a career are endless. Infrastructure, software, digital marketing, or cybersecurity are just a few of the different specialisms you can look into. It is always handy to remember that a lot of tech skills are transferable and people with a truly technical mind can usually turn their hand to a number of disciplines.

Assess your skill set

It can be easy to dismiss opportunities if you think you don’t have the skills required. But when it comes to tech, some of the most important skills you need can be picked up naturally. You may not think you have any technical skills, but tech is all around us. So much so that we interact with it and in a lot of instances work with it without even noticing.

Have you ever set up a desktop, installed a new modem or changed the graphics card on your PC? That’s the basics of IT infrastructure. Are you a natural at social media and have a creative flair? Digital marketing might be the route for you. It's not just about the skills you have actively sought out, but also the skills you have picked up as you engage with tech in your day to day life. It’s definitely worth thinking outside of the box when assessing your skills.

Top up your talents

It is never too late to learn new skills and add to the things you already know. If you are unsure that you have the right skills for your dream career in tech, there are lots of online resources to help you build the knowledge you need to really excel. From learning code, to brushing up on digital marketing fundamentals, there are lots of things you can do to enhance your skills.

Sell yourself

When applying for a new role in any sector, the first time a prospective employer will be aware of you is via your CV. This is your opportunity to shine and make the best first impression possible. When updating your CV and cover note, it is best practice to tailor them to the role you are applying for, only including information relevant to that particular position.

That’s easier said than done if you are applying for multiple roles at once. If this is the case, the best advice we can give is to tailor your CV and cover note to the industry you are wanting to enter. Highlight any experience, skills and talents you have that could aid your application, removing any irrelevant information. Doing so will help you stand out against other candidates and will help secure the interview for your dream role.

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