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.
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.
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.
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.
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?