Breaking into Tech in 2020

Published Oct. 29, 2019

The year is 80% done, and it went by fast! With the first new year’s resolutions forming, it can be a good idea to think about career goals about now. We’re showing you a way to break into one of the most exciting industries in the next decade – tech.

Breaking into Tech in 2020

What jobs does the Tech industry have to offer?

The tech industry is described by popular analyists as follows:

The technology sector is the category of stocks relating to the research, development and/or distribution of technologically based goods and services. This sector contains businesses revolving around the manufacturing of electronics, creation of software, computers or products and services relating to information technology.

Furthermore, all upcoming rising startups and most exciting public companies are based in the Tech industry, or at least want to be seen as one. A clear sign that there’s something in the tech industry that people should get excited about.

Some big voices also predict that every successful future company is going to have a software aspect. Tech is taking over.

That’s good for the most part: Tech is known to be a rather welcoming and progressive environment (yes, there is still work to do – but it’s a ton better than most other industries). The work is exciting, uncommon backgrounds are welcome (sometimes even preferred), a degree is no longer crucial, that’s where you come in.

Exciting positions are waiting for you in Tech! Many of them are mirrored from other industries (e.g. a lot of bankers find a second home in FinTech and foreman can make excellent PMs).

These are just an excerpt of them:

  • Software Engineers
  • Web Developers (Frontend / Backend)
  • UI/UX Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Product Management
  • Project Management
  • Data Analysts

Planning the Move

So, you’re potentially looking to break into tech… That’s great! :)

A good thing about career changers in Tech is that they can bring diverse experiences to the industry. Coming into this – that’s going to be one of your strong points! Keep that in mind.

Even if you’re not looking to change your career to anything related – see some examples above – it can still help you when applying to certain companies. Keep that in mind.

It can be a good idea to talk to someone to get a higher-level view of the industry. You might have some assumptions which prove to be wrong, and actually look to get into a different role. These are things you’ll learn by talking to a professional, learning more about the industry, and by spending some time getting to know more roles.

As a result of this planning, you should know where the journey goes to, and some first steps how to get there.

Starting the move - what now?

With millions of graduates every year and rigorous recruitment cycles, it can be hard to do that first break. We frankyl can’t give you a end-to-end handbook here (and don’t trust people who say that they do), but some tips beforehand:

  • There are amazing free and cheap resources about all of this on the internet. You might not need that fancy $12,000 bootcamp (rephrasing, you probably don’t), so make use of the generosity of strangers instead.
  • It’s all about showing what you can do! Writing and creating public projects that you can add to your portfolio are some of the easiest way to get people’s attention
  • Get someone in the boat with you! A mentor can be that source of accountability you need.
  • There’s no way you’re going to learn everything. Pick a niche (e.g. frontend web-development or mobile app design) you can get into and master, and then expand from there.

We believe in you! If you work hard, stay consistent and don’t give up, we’re sure you can make it!