This feature was written by guest blogger Amrit Mann from QA Apprenticeships.
Great news! Go Think Big has teamed up with the Tech Partnership, a network of employers who are working to create skills for the UK’s digital economy. Their ambition is to create enough skills for a million people to have tech jobs by 2025. Now, we’re working together to get you guys clued up on the benefits of digital apprenticeships and the huge range of digital careers you could have if you chose to do an apprenticeship.
When I think about tech, three words come to mind: universal, evolutionary and misunderstood. Even though we use tech every day; sending emails, checking messages or through little guilty pleasures like playing Pokémon Go (don’t judge me!), working in the tech industry doesn’t always have the reputation that it deserves. Why? I think that a big part of it is because people are not fully aware of the huge career opportunities in the sector.
Sadly, tech is not glamorised as the top career choice for people starting out in the world of work, even though tech jobs offer you the chance to be a part of a constantly developing business and have an ever-changing career.
So, I’ve decided to try and break down some of the misconceptions surrounding my industry by rounding up the top five reasons (there are obviously way more!) you should choose a career in tech when you leave school, college or uni this summer.
1. Tech is not what it used to be
Ok, I’m sure we all remember those Word and Excel exams at school. They were hardly thrilling! But that does not reflect the tech industry today. So many of us associate tech with the entry-level ICT or computing classes we were made to take at school (I know I did), but the truth is that a job in tech is a gateway to working with modern technology, not just old PCs. Technology is all around us and constantly evolving to make our lives better and our businesses more competitive. A job in tech puts you right at the heart of these cutting-edge developments.
That could be the reason why a career in IT is one of the best-paying jobs on the market, earning up to approximately £50,000 per year. (Cha-ching!)
2. No two days are the same
Forget those boring office jobs, get yourself a job that challenges you! The tech industry is so fast paced and exciting, making dull days an irregularity. Tech jobs could also come with the opportunity to travel, the chance to work with different clients that need a little tech in their life, and the flexibility to have extra training to develop your skills. So no, you wouldn’t just be building websites in a dingy basement (unless of course, that’s what you want to do!)
3. The industry is constantly expanding
Remember those flip phones (the iPhones of 2004) that everyone either had or really wanted to have?! Technology has come a really long way since then, from dial-up modems to wireless hotspots, and Walkmans to virtual reality headsets - none of which would be possible without the ingenious tech developers and engineers who make our lives a million times easier. And the exciting part is, who knows where we’ll be in ten years’ time?! Right now is the perfect time to jump on the band wagon by joining the tech masters in being part of the next generation of inventions!
4. There’s loads of roles to choose from
From app developers to data defenders, the tech industry consists of a whole heap of different levels and careers for you to choose from. If you enjoy problem-solving you could be a great business analyst. If you’re more of the creative type, developing systems and games could be your forte. A career in tech will keep you away from being locked in one market as employers require tech in just about every industry and every major company - so you can set your sights on that dream employer you’ve always wanted to work for (how will you choose?!).
5. You don’t have to be a tech whiz kid to choose a career in IT
Maybe a career in tech isn’t at the top of your list, but have you ever considered it ? If you haven’t, then ask yourself why. The reason I ask is because a lot of the time people don’t think they are qualified enough or have the right skills for a career in tech, but that’s not true! You don’t have to spend all your spare time coding or building computers to qualify for a role. Employers are simply looking for young, bright individuals who are passionate about technology. So forget all those things you thought you knew about tech and stop holding yourself back!
Wondering if there’s a tech career out there for you? What it’s like working in tech or how to get into a tech job? Find out more about tech careers from the Tech Partnership and get more information on apprenticeships here.
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