If you are considering a career in tech, this is where you should be. It is understandable to ask yourself questions. For example, “Where do I start?" “Should I get a proficiency certification?” “Or learn a programming language?” After having these thoughts you might want to decide paying for a potentially expensive, time-intensive training program, unless you know it is the right program and path for you. Don’t.
You have probably read about the almost endless variety of specializations in tech, this is because the technology field is so broad, with a number of career paths like web developer, software developer, Designer and many more.
The first thing you need to do when preparing yourself for a career in tech is to explore the industry, this will help you figure out the niche you are really interested in. Let’s go through the ways you can explore the industry.
There are list of things you can do and the first should be:
1. Learn how to code:
Steve Jobs once said, “I think everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer, because it teaches you how to think. I view computer science as a liberal art.” Coding is the skill for the 21st century, while it is complex, technology has simplified it. Even if it is understanding the basics of HTML and CSS, which happen to be the most popular core technologies for displaying web pages, or getting into Java or Python. It makes sense to start by teaching yourself using all the free coding resources online like Khan Academy, Codeacademy and code.org
2. Read a lot: Reading is the gateway skill that makes all other learning possible. For you to gain knowledge about the tech industry, you will need to read a lot of tech related contents, it could be raw materials like books, magazines, or you go online, read blogs like techcrunch, mashable and so on. This way you will be up to date on the latest technology while learning and getting better at what you do.
3. Get Internships:
You may be a beginner, but you don’t want to stay that way. Find a small business, or company to work for as an intern. This will test your ability to communicate clearly about technology, and help you put the skills you have learnt into good use. You gain more experience and get better by working on projects consistently. Religious organizations and other community groups may also be in need of your newly acquired skill.
4. Attend Meet-ups:
There are a lot of tech meetups happening around you, all you have to do is search online. Meetups are good places for you to get more exposed, learn and network. You get to meet experts and influencers in the tech industry. These people can provide lots of guidance to you, even though you are just getting started. They can also serve as mentors to assist you as you embark on your tech career. Be straightforward with your need for advice, and ask lots of questions.
The tech industry is broad and every sector is amazing with each having its own upsides, and the internet has made it easy to access many of the resources to be a master any niche you choose to delve in.
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Join the Ingressive Community on Slack, where you will be able to meet developers, designers and Entrepreneurs. This is a great place for you to start your learning and networking.