A Guide to Help You Figure Out if You Should Work in Tech.
Applying for graduate jobs is a scary thing, especially when you are applying for your first opportunity to work in tech.
So how do you know if you are doing the right thing? How do you know if you should work in tech?
Do your research
The first thing you can do is your own research.
In your digital-digging you might find out that the tech industry is creating jobs 3x faster than the rest of the UK economy.
And this sounds fantastic at first, but when you dig deeper you will discover that 1 in 3 graduates are mismatched to roles after university.
What does this mean? They don’t have the skills, or the passion, or the experience to be satisfied in their graduate role, and very quickly leave.
33% of new hires leave their tech jobs after the first 6 months.
So how can you make sure that you don’t fall into the same trap?
Don’t be put off
Even if you’re a humanities graduate, a career in tech is still viable for you.
You have developed skills that are incredibly valuable – you can see just how employable you are in our blog post.
Your application can become just as competitive as a STEM graduate’s with a little training and experience – both of which can be found on DigitalGrads.
It’s not all about data
Do you want to join the fastest developing industry in the world? Jobs in tech are modern, based on innovation, communication and problem-solving.
Design and marketing jobs are often more creative than analytical. Customer-facing roles are based on meaningful research and communication. Managerial jobs are focused on real results and projects. A full range of entry level tech opportunities can be found on DigitalGrads.
The best possible job for you will be a mixture of three things: what you love, what you are great at and what makes money.
So, find your passions and your skills and be sure that they lie in tech, that way, you can ensure long-term happiness.
Don’t just take the first job
I know it’s tempting, but don’t take the first job you are offered without giving it some serious thought.
Before you sign your contract you have to be sure that this role is right for you.
Choosing the wrong job can be awful – so make sure that you are excited about both the company and the role you are accepting.
We have published a guide for tech industry job titles that is sure to help you choose the perfect role.
Take on a temporary role first
A short-term role is the perfect opportunity to figure it out.
Starting your career as an intern is the smartest way to go. You can learn vital skills while experiencing first-hand what your ideal job looks like. It’s low risk, high reward.
Securing your first internship can be tricky, especially in the ultra-competitive tech industry. Luckily, DigitalGrads are graduate recruitment experts. Sign up today to apply for the best tech internships around.
Now, using LinkedIn can be scary. But it is a networking tool, so if you have an account, you might as well make the most of it!
Follow your favourite companies and find their high-level employees. Odds are, they started out just like you.
Do some research and send a carefully-crafted connection request. Be sure to express your interest in their work, the industry in general, and ask an insightful question.
Most people would be more than happy to tell you about their job and how they got there.
By having a conversation with an industry professional, you can gain some insights into their lives outside their jobs.
Take a look at the skills you already have – do you have the knowledge to succeed in your dream tech job?
We have already spoken about DigitalGrads, but it isn’t just a place to apply for jobs.
We are offering some of the best industry training around, and our Tech Industry Training Course is the perfect place to start developing the skills you need for a successful career.
Make sure that your skills, passions and experiences are setting you up for a fantastic future working in tech.