Ready to kick off your career in tech?
The technology industry is booming right now!
Industry 3.0 and the Internet of Things are rapidly changing the way people work, interact, and communicate with one another. The plethora of new tech start-ups, as well as the Coronavirus pandemic necessitating remote work, have created a whole new realm of opportunities and prospects for not only recent graduates, but also those seeking a career change. The industry is thriving — but don’t be misled by the hype — SaaS is still a tough and competitive industry, you must be a self-starter who is committed to continuous learning and self-improvement.
1. Go after your passion
Once you’ve identified the role you want to pursue, the next step is to identify the company for which you want to work. Ask yourself this: how important is it for a company to share your values and morals?
2. Make the most out of your experience
If you are a graduate, you are probably facing this common issue: entry-level positions requiring X years of experience. How much you let this requirement stifle your development will be a watershed moment in your journey. Many people will see this requirement and decide not to apply because they lack experience. This is where the self-starter will excel and create opportunities for experience. Have you worked on any freelance projects that you’d like to discuss? Have you worked on any side projects or passion projects of your own? If these are relevant to the role, they can demonstrate not only experience, but also tenacity, resourcefulness and determination that start-ups desire.
3. Distinguish between your hard and soft skills.
Hard skills are defined as a specific set of abilities or expertise required to perform a job. Most people have heard the expression “jack of all trades, master of none,” and this is exactly what you want to avoid. Find something you can claim ownership of, something you can be the undisputed best at. There appears to be a lack of emphasis on soft skills, despite their importance in landing a job in tech, or any job. Social skills, people skills, character & personality traits, communication abilities, and emotional intelligence are examples of soft skills. Although we use some aspect of soft skills in almost every aspect of our lives, they must be constantly nurtured and developed. Soft skills are acquired through lived experiences rather than classroom instruction. Once you start making progress in this area, you may be surprised at how they can help you in other areas of your development, such as interview skills.
We hear it all the time, but what exactly does it mean? It entails being involved in your chosen field’s community — but what exactly does that entail? Perhaps you’ve joined a few social media groups and subscribed to a few monthly newsletters. It will not be difficult to put yourself out there, interact if you find a company that you are truly passionate about. Be proactive and pursue networking opportunities.
If you’re further along in your journey and ready to take the next step — get in touch, contact Co-Digi and kick off your career in tech today!