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3. Take into consideration certifications
When it comes to finding a job, certifications can be a double-edged sword. Employers want people with advanced credentials. However, those credentials often require applicants have a minimum of five years experience before they can apply. While having entry-level credentials can be a good indicator of your skills and commitment, employers may not be impressed by applicants with a lot of certifications but little or no experience. They fear that their knowledge is not practical and theoretical. A Glassdoor study found that big companies like IBM, Google, and Apple no longer prefer applicants with college degrees, but those with relevant experience from boot camps or vocational schools (like ITProTV).
Do not approach certifications if you don’t have any experience in the field. If you are qualified for a credential, and feel comfortable with it, then go for it. Start your IT certification training and aim to pass the exam after you have gained some real experience.
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4. Tech Companies Offer Non-Tech Jobs
Although it may seem counterproductive, taking on a job outside your preferred scope of work can help you to build your skills and establish contacts that will benefit you in the future. If you work for a non-tech company, another option is to volunteer to do tech tasks that no one else can do. If your boss mentions a website redesign, be alert for opportunities and ask to be part of it.
5. Find a mentor and grow your network
Don’t go it alone when you start your tech career. A mentor, or even several mentors, can help you learn and share ideas. They will also be there to support you when you are looking for a job. You can build your network by being active in online groups (LinkedIn is an excellent place to find like-minded people), and attending local meetups and conferences. You never know when you might meet the person who will open doors to your next career.
It takes perseverance and a lot of commitment to get into a tech job. However, the rewards can be substantial if you’re serious about your goal. You will eventually get the job you want if you are willing to start from the bottom and learn as much as you can, even if your degree is not related.
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