There are more than a million reasons why one would want to take on a career in tech. Okay, maybe a million is a little overboard, but quite frankly, the reasons are almost inexhaustible. In this article, we’d be sharing some of those reasons with you and giving you a few tips on how to start a career in tech.
Here’s why you want to be in here
First, let’s start with the intangible benefit; the upbeat and ever-evolving nature of the tech space. If you’re someone like me who loves a taste of adventure, or something that just keeps you on your toes, then you’d love it here. In the tech space, there are constantly changing trends, tools to get familiar with, and a little bit of jargon here and there that needs to be understood. Truthfully, the upbeat nature of the terrain could get your heart racing, but in a very good way.
Now to the tangible benefit; relevance and job security. Today, tech cuts right through every field on the planet, from healthcare to banking, media, entertainment, etc. Interestingly, as technology continues to become relevant across different industries, different tech roles are also beginning to appreciate. Hence, tech experts are more valued and less likely to be laid off when companies decide to downsize
We are by no means suggesting that being a tech bro (or babe) is a walk in the park. Quite frankly, nothing is. So, you’d have to be willing to learn and put in the much-needed work. But not to worry, we’ve got a few tips to help you start a career in tech, especially if you do not have a computer science background as a lot of the tech bros don’t have one anyway.
How to get started
Let’s talk about the steps to begin a career in the tech space;
– Have the willingness to learn:
Remember somewhere, in the beginning, we mentioned this, right? We’re reiterating it because it’s all important and it’s the foundation of your journey in tech. The passion and willingness to learn all that there is to your field will help you grow at a fast pace.
– Begin your training:
Now that you have chosen to take a career path in the tech space and have made the resolve to learn all it takes, the first step is to get the necessary hands-on training and bag that certification while at it. It is no news that organizations in the tech industry value skills and experience over a degree. So, while you have your eyes on that degree, it’s also important that you not only take courses but ensure that you can practically prove your knowledge of the field that you’ve chosen to play in.
– Apply for internships:
There is no better way to gain the necessary experience than to apply for internships. Once you are done with your certifications, put the knowledge you’ve acquired to work.
– Take on a challenging gig:
Sometimes, we might never know how skilled we are until we are faced with a challenge. One sure way to put yourself to the test will be to take on gigs. They might not be financially gratifying at first but at this stage, the goal is not to stack up thousands of naira/dollars but to test your competence, hone your skills, and learn from the experience.
We hope to see you in the ring with us in the nearest future. In the meantime, if you have any questions or feedback kindly enter them in the comment section below.