How To Land a Good Job In the Tech Sector
The tech sector is and has been growing for the last few decades and is one of the best fields to work in as far as money, benefits, and job satisfaction are concerned. So how does one break into this kind of job? Do you have to go back to college and get a computer science degree?
The fact is that there are a variety of ways to go about this, and they prepare you in different ways and for different areas in the technology landscape…
If you want to go back to college and get a computer science degree you’ll get a well-rounded education that will probably serve you very well, unfortunately this takes years, is very expensive, and requires you to take time out from work. So, while this can give you by far the most broad and well-rounded tech education, it’s not for those of us who can’t afford to just take a few years off from making money. However, if you’re aiming at working for Apple or any such massive company you’re going to want the credibility that comes with a college degree,
A rogue programmer is someone who has a totally different job, usually engineering, or analytics of some sort, and then decides to build a tool to make their job easier. It might start out in excel, and then one day you decide it’s a little too clunky like that, so you figure out how to code a little bit so you can make it more streamlined. Continuing on this path for a few months or years you eventually build a highly complex program and find yourself fully fluent in one or several programming languages. This type of self-taught programming lends itself well to starting a career as a software engineer, which doesn’t require you to have a degree because your previous work is more important as a credential than a degree. While that’s fairly limited as far as scope is concerned, checking out this breakdown of software engineer salaries is enough incentive to make this approach attractive.
If you’re hoping to go more into IT and systems management then the best way to go is to get certified in specific areas. There are a huge number of organizations that offer certification courses for ITIL, which is essential for most corporate IT services. This approach is nice because it offers a tangible credential without taking over your life for years at a time since you can just study on your own time doing online classes or work on it in the evenings.
Reyna Ramli writes about career happiness, the tech industry, and design. When she’s not writing for a living she devours fashion magazines and Pinterest boards, follow her on Twitter @reynaramli11