Everyone wants to be called a ‘Tech bro’ or a ‘Tech babe’ but not everyone is willing to put in the work. Some think Tech has to do with carrying a laptop, wearing nerdy glasses and having funky hairstyles. Others think it is an avenue to make all the money and ‘blow’ quickly. In truth, being in Tech gives you a level of freedom when it comes to looks as against the conventional 9-5 and while it has it perks and benefits one must not shy away from the fact that it not only involves keen interest but work, learning and practice.
When thinking of joining the tech space or changing to a career path to a more digital or tech incline space the following questions should come to mind;
- Why do I want to do this? Does this pique my interest?
- How do I start?
- What are the things I need to know? How do I learn these things?
- What are the career opportunities?
Why do I want to join the Tech space?
Before starting a business, the first step is to plan and think of the reason you want to start the business and next the kind of business. This is similar as entering the Tech space. Think of the reasons you want to transition or being in this space, if it is for money reasons, long lost interests, career growth and development or generally because you want to be a part of the Gen z trend. If you answered this question successful, it is fine and a great start. This is because, if the purpose of a thing is not known abuse becomes inevitable. This goes to say if there is no reason then you do not have a direction and along the line, you will definitely lose track.
How do I start?
One thing so beautiful in our today’s generation is easy access to information. We have so many tools on the internet at our disposal. After identifying the purpose of wanting to join the Tech space, you need to invest your time in reading and learning about Tech in general. The more you read and learn about the space you build yourself for the journey ahead.
Start off from reading what Tech is all about in our world today. Tech is basically technology. You move forward to the impact of Tech, the different areas in Tech and what you can do with Tech. What this does to you is shaping your mindset, giving you an idea of what you need to do or the area you need to focus when starting and what is expected.
What are the things I need to know? How do I learn these things?
You need to know that Tech is wide. It is a broad concept that embodies more than one component. Ann Marie Hill (1997) made us know that Tech has key areas which include the physical products, human processes and environmental systems which include concepts such as: structures, materials, fabrication, mechanisms, power and energy, control, systems, functions, aesthetics and ergonomics.
The areas most popular are the building of products which involves the tech engineers or developers where you have backend and front end, data engineers, designers and researchers. The list is endless. Then we have areas that deals with communication, management and leadership where you have project and product management, digital marketing etc. to mention a few.
- You need to understand that there are different areas in Tech
- Identify your strengths and classify them to where you can fit in., we have the technical aspects in tech (coding and building) and the non- technical aspects.
- Be willing to put in the work over and over again.
- At first you might not get it right but do not stop trying.
- There are a variety of free learning contents online and also paid ones. It is advisable you exhaust the free contents first put them to practice before advancing. You can learn from places like You tube, Cousera, Allison and other free learning sites.
- Remember, this space is a more practical approach than theoretical approach. As you learn you have to practice.
- In Tech it is not about the certifications but what you can actually do in reality.
What are the career opportunities?
There are a lot of career opportunities in the space. The market is wide and big enough as long as you have the required skills. Here is a list of career opportunities, please know that the list is not limited to what we have here.
- UI/UX designer
- Software developer
- Product and Project Management
- Digital Marketing
- Technical writer
- Technical Researcher
- Data engineer
- Information security engineer
- System analyst
- Video developer and the list is endless.
The goal is to start today and keep moving.