List your current skills
As a Tech newbie it is important to analyze & apply the skills you have to a Tech niche
Ex#1: If your good at sales you can go towards Tech Sales
Ex#2: If your savvy with Tik Tok, IG, FB, etc then go towards Social Media Manager
Ex#3: If you are into aesthetics & graphic design then look into Web Developer
RESEARCH the digital space that align w/your skills
Google has tons of info you can start with
Practice & build your portfolio
If you chose web Developer, then try to get practice with designing websites for new businesses. On the contrary, if you want to be hands on like a technical analyst then practice fixing printers, cracked cell phone screens, trouble shooting computers, etc.
**TIP: This can be added to your resume**
**BONUS TIP: If your not working in Tech then you can work for a Tech company doing HR or customer service for Twitter, Google, Amazon, etc. These companies will be around for a while!!**
Be an opportunist (in a good way) by taking hold of every opportunity to present yourself to someone that is in the tech space of your interest. Sending emails & reaching out to Tech recruiters on LinkedIn is a great way to get your feet wet with the process.
For those of you already in the industry & are looking to ADVANCE in Tech...keep reading
Be mindful of first impressions when interviewing and connecting with another department in tech. Sometimes they just want to know that they can work well with you on their team. Also, have a good working relationship with your current IT manager & co-workers so they can put in a good word for you 😉
Refresh your resume
If your looking towards changing job titles from Help Desk Analyst, for example, and you have coding skills from a boot camp you took, go ahead and add those skills to your resume so it reflects additional expertise you may have.
Connect with tech niche of interest
Reaching out to the other area you wish to advance to, and giving an intro of yourself, while also expressing interest in upcoming positions will set you apart from the masses. Mention the skills you have, certifications or projects you worked on, and inquire about next steps to take to land a position in their department.
**TIP: Also ask about internships & shadowing opportunities so you can be a fly on the wall while learning new skills & analyzing if you will like doing that type of work daily**
NO degree + NO experience = NO problem
Experience is NOT the key factor. Jobs in tech are increasing as everything is becoming more digital so there is a demand for workers. Companies will be willing to hire you with just a certification or side projects that you did on your own. Please note, not every job in tech requires a degree & a certification will be just fine to get employed.
**TIP: Some Tech companies are accepting credits from Google courses**
**BONUS TIP: Google courses has a 6 months IT Project Management certification in which you can make up to $80K-100K annually once hired!**
Meet the author:
Kenau Victor, Co-Founder of Techky Apparel Brand, LLC and a tech enthusiast