There are many reasons why a career in technology is an appealing choice. Technology is a growth industry, increasingly underpinning all other areas of work. Banking, retail, government, telecommunications and any other area of employment you care to name all require dedicated technology experts.
There is also a variety of different job roles to choose from within the technology sector, and you don’t necessarily need to limit yourself to one narrow function. Having a range of skills is attractive to an employer, and will make your working life more interesting as well. Another appeal of working in technology is the opportunity to be your own boss and work as a freelance specialist contractor. If you prefer security, however, there are also plenty of in-house roles. Those with in-demand tech skills can often command a high salary.
Get the right qualifications
Many people think that to work in the technology sector you need a specific degree, for instance in computing, engineering or IT. While this can certainly help if you know exactly what kind of technology work you hope to be doing, in fact, you can enter the tech sector with almost any kind of university degree behind you, so long as you can demonstrate you have the skill sets required. While some employers would prefer you to have studied a STEM subject- that’s science, technology, engineering or maths- many set more store by professional qualifications than those gained in academia.
Keep learning and updating your skills
Technology by its nature is a fast-moving sector, and you can’t afford to be left behind. Keep up to date with the latest developments in your field and do your best to be competent and confident in working with new programming languages or software. Don’t stop studying and adding to your professional qualifications, and look at every meeting or job of work as a potential learning experience.
Build up your portfolio
When you’re starting out in the tech sector you should take on any work you can find just to have some examples of things you’ve done in the real world. These are much more impressive to employers than college projects. Design a website for a friend or a local business, get an internship, and work for free if you have to. It will all pay off eventually.
Use social media
Online social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, are great places to network, show off your skills and circulate your CV. Especially for tech jobs they’re also the first thing a potential employer will look at. The public view of Facebook profiles showing users named, Jatin Mehta, for instance, reveals one who is a Google Summer Code intern who studied at the Indian Institute of Information Technology in Allahabad – all good things for a potential employer or talent scout to know.
Don’t neglect your soft skills
In any work area, soft skills like being able to communicate well and build good professional relationships are as important as the hard skills that qualify you to do your job. Even though tech specialists are often stereotyped as introverted and socially awkward, in fact networking with other professionals and being able to work well with others are just as vital as good coding skills in advancing your technology career.