I love it when a client gets to a point during a discovery call when they get the realisation and confirmation that what they’ve been dreaming about for a while, a career change into tech can become a reality.
“It’s actually possible for me to pursue a career in tech” is what I hear a lot at the end of our discovery, with a beaming smile.
“The discovery call gave me vision of what is possible”
A lot of people think that “it’s coding or nothing” when thinking about the possibility of making a career change into tech, which can sometimes be daunting and off putting for some people.But this is far from the truth.
Now I will admit that I am slightly biased when it comes to hands on tech roles because I would be so over the moon if every woman I meet who is interested in making a career change into tech wanted to be a Software Developer.
However there are so many other in demand roles within the tech industry that don’t require you to code and are just as impactful.
So here are 5 things to keep in mind, when you are considering a career change into tech:
- Don’t think it’s impossible to learn to code and become a software developer, especially if you’ve never tried it. If you have a desire to learn new things and like a challenge, there are plenty of resources out there to give you a taster of what it’s like to code before you commit to investing time and money into pursuing this as a career.
- Don’t count yourself out before you’ve even explored what is possible. Remember you don’t have to become a coder if you don’t want to in order to get into tech. There are many different roles in tech that don’t involve writing code.
- Don’t underestimate yourself. You might not have any tech skills or knowledge right now, but it doesn’t mean you can’t learn what you need with a point in the right direction.
- Don’t ignore the previous skills and experiences you have built up over the years that may be valuable to a tech company. Identifying your transferable skills may well make the transition into tech a lot quicker.
- Don’t think non-technical roles in tech are less important. I know my dev teams wouldn’t function properly without Scrum Masters, Designers, Product Owners, Product Managers, etc. Despite being non tech roles, these roles bring a lot to the table.
- BONUS: Believe in yourself
Put a realistic plan together for career change success, and invest in help where it’s needed from someone who has already achieved what you desire to do. There’s no shame in getting help to kick start your career change, and it may help you achieve your goals faster than you would do on your own. If you need help from an experienced tech career coach click here and book a discovery call.