IT hiring managers are increasingly looking for people from non-IT backgrounds to meet the changing needs of the industry. If you are considering a change into the IT industry and have no IT background, read on to see how you can make the switch.
There are more opportunities out there for people who want to be a part of this industry yet do not have the technical know-how. For those looking to enter the field, finding your niche and marketing your skill set in the right way will be crucial to a successful career move. Here are some things you should consider.
Your talents and interests
First and foremost, think about where your talents lie and what area of IT will keep you most engaged. Do you like engaging with stakeholders often? Are you a technical person? Do you enjoy methodical tasks or rapidly changing environments?
IT lends itself to a wide range of professions and specialisms, from design roles all the way through to data security. Things you should consider include:
- Area of IT you are most passionate about
- Your current skill set
- The type of organisation you would like to work in
Although you will need a preliminary background in using technology, not having a specific IT qualification should not be a barrier.
Businesses and training colleges offer many training options which can help you make the switch. A common avenue for people to gain a qualification in IT is to undertake a masters degree, despite having transitioned from another initial line of study. Upskilling yourself shows that you are serious about making the change and joining the industry. It also shows that you are all about self-improvement and this is something that employers appreciate.
When you have your qualifications and you’re clear about the area of IT you would like to move in to, networking is the next step.
Marketing your non-IT skills
Moving into IT from another profession is often viewed favourably by potential employers, particularly if you’ve had the chance to build up valuable skills which are relatively rare in the IT profession. Such skills are tranferrable and employers value a professional with the ability to add value to the business.
This may change across different businesses, however some of the most commonly cited examples include business partnering, project coordination and communication skills.
Social media and networking
When you have your qualifications and you’re clear about the area of IT you would like to move in to, networking is the next step. Make sure you maximise your existing connections as well as increase your engagement in professional associations and social media. This could be the key influencing factor to get you into your new role.
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