How To Launch A Career in Tech

Tech is booming and ICT jobs are being advertised for all sectors, so we’re going to show you how to launch a career in tech. 

How To Launch A Career in Tech

1) Find Your Niche

ICT is constantly changing, and it can feel overwhelming trying to keep up with the changes to everything. So don’t. It’s vital to figure out what suits you and what you are actually interested in. Sure, I love the idea of being able to sit down at a computer and hammer out code, but I know that wouldn’t suit me. If you’re unsure of where to start, have a flick through some course catalogues, and look at job sites that fit those careers. It’s a great way to get some insight into each area, and see what the role would involve day to day.

2) Start Following

Once you’ve found your calling, it’s important to start seeing what is happening at the forefront of your area. Subscribe to newsletters, follow blogs, join Twitter/LinkedIn/forums. There is a wealth of information online, and by following key players you can find out what they are reading. And more importantly, what they think about such pieces.

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3) Keep Learning

Having a curious mind is key no matter what industry you are in, and for ICT this is even more important. You need to be willing to get stuck in and constantly learn new things. Trial and error is the name of the game, so be willing to experiment, and keep testing.

4) Get Involved

Getting stuck in is probably the best bit of advice I’ve ever been given when it comes to thinking how to launch a career in tech. By nature, most people in ICT are problem-solvers. If you see a way to help someone out, do it. Knowledge-sharing is very empowering, and it benefits the whole community. Not only that, but it helps put you in people’s minds when they need something done. Now, you obviously have to be careful of time-wasters but saying “yes” can be a very powerful thing.

5) Use Your Time Wisely

This might seem like it contradicts point 4, but it’s just as important to learn to say “no”. And not just to others. Sometimes the person you need to say no to is yourself. If you find your workload is getting too much, or you’ve said “yes” to too many things be sure to take some time out to focus on you. When you’re thinking about how to launch a career in tech you are the most integral part of that plan so you need to put yourself first – time management is key.

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6) Invest In Yourself

Investing isn’t just about money, it can also be about knowledge. If you’re looking to upskill into a new role or are just starting your career journey, taking a postgraduate course can give you an extra boost. Courses in these areas can set you back thousands, and can be difficult to access. But what if we told you there were some fully funded options available? Dublin Business School, in conjunction with the HEA, offers a range of ICT postgraduate conversion courses through Springboard+. These courses are fully funded for eligible candidates and accredited by QQI, so you can be certain that your time is being put into something valuable. Not only that, but they are industry-led so the information is bang up to date, and with a three month placement (for full-time students) you immediately gain a strong working know-how in the area of your choice. If you’d like to find out more, head along to their information evening, August 10th, 5pm at DBS Aungier Street.

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7) Go Grab A Coffee

One thing that we always find is that people are generous with their time, if you have a genuine request. Getting people chatting is a great way to make connections so if there’s someone you would like to talk to, reach out to them. But be careful, don’t be a time waster. Have a specific question(s) in mind and explain why you want to talk to them first. People are busy so be sure to respect that.

These are just 7 tips to consider when you’re thinking about how to launch a career in tech, but there are many more. If you’ve a top tip, let us know in the comments. There’s no better time than right now to kickstart a new career, and there’s plenty of success stories out there to help inspire you. So, now that we’ve shown you how to launch a career in tech, what are you waiting for?


25 thoughts on “How To Launch A Career in Tech”

  1. Loads of great tips here. I agree that it’s important to invest in yourself, otherwise you can get a bit stuck.

  2. having a habit of learning is very important in any field in any niche. I love learning new tech tips and the backend works of running a site!

  3. Great tips here for getting started. Especially investing in yourself. This is so important and often a step that we overlook. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Awesome step by step guide! It’s awesome when people find their passion and people are willing to guide you through the process. This is a great guide to get started.

  5. These are some really great tips and tbh most of them work for any career path!! It’s also a great idea to invest in yourself; you can never stop learning!

  6. #6 and #7 are both extremly underratted, you always have to invest in yourself the more you invest the more you can sell yourself later and its once you invest its alot easier to network with people and continue to sell yourself

  7. These tips are great and work whether you’re looking to get a job or tech or really any industry!

  8. I worked in a tech industry but was bored with the 9-5 job. Therefore I Changed my industry. Thanks for sharing the great tips for anyone who is going to launch a career in tech soon!

  9. Here’s a tip : Be useful
    Learn a hard skill that companies need, and get a job that will give you the experience to develop it. Tech is a ladder, start at a rung that you know you can climb from (hint: start low) and choose the ladder that will take you places (hint : choose a scarce, hard skill discipline)

    I would avoid reading blogs, I would go to a pub with engineers and listen to what they talk about. They talk about their work, blogs are there for all sorts of reasons, but not necessarily to educate others.

    Getting a course certification in a hard skill from a college whose graduates get jobs is probably the best hard course of action.

    If you don’t want a hard tech skill job, then I don’t think you need to think about tech as a career. I think you want to be the best in the non-tech skill field. You can do marcomms or HR for example in tech and move swiftly to say FMCG or finance as long as you recognise what the “hard” skills are in that field. Tech is good for job s these days, but like finance, it won’t last forever. If you get caught in a non-hard skill role in a tech firm (or any firm) your chances of moving to another firm in a downturn are very low.

  10. +1. Working in biotechnology the last 6 years. The best tip I can give anyone is start taking responsibility for your career, that means you have to keep trying and be prepared to work up to 80 hours a week if you’re a late starter or a slow learner. With tech jobs, reputations matter, and the extra time you put in will increase your learning curve dramatically. Be mindful of the “mentor” you select. Project work in particular is a competitive environment, responsibility is high. You have to be prepared to make yourself as useful as you can to everyone, be inquisitive without being neurotic. Spend as much time as you can learning a useful skill, be prepared to be frustrated, be open to ask your colleagues for their interpretation of a problem, and put all your energy into developing the skill. Make mistakes, take educated guesses, have the confidence to move forward. Do this for 3 years and already you’ve got a foundation for working elsewhere at a pace that might suit your lifestyle better. Tech jobs are tough, but they are very rewarding with the effort you put in to them.

    A great website to learn new skills is skillshare. You can pretty much get a foundation in any useful coding software like c+ and java. It costs a few quid but as Aine says, invest in yourself and reap what you sow.

    Be mindful of your priorities in life before considering making a career change. The older you are, younger more advanced colleagues might not have the patience to help you. Put in the time and effort, and people will be receptive to you.

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