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Tech From a Non-Traditional Background

Entering the tech industry without a technical degree is definitely possible, and many people have done it successfully. Here are recommendations you can try if you are considering moving into tech:

  • Determine your interests: Identify the area of tech that interests you the most, such as software development, data analytics, project management, system administration, cybersecurity, or digital marketing. Once you have a clear idea of what you want to pursue, you can start building skills in that area.

  • Build skills: Develop your skills through online courses, bootcamps, or free resources such as tutorials, blog posts, and podcasts. There are many online platforms like Coursera, Pluralsight, Whizlabs or Codecademy offering courses and certifications in tech skills.

  • Don’t be afraid to start at entry-level: Positions such as IT technician, help desk technician or IT analyst are great positions to get you experience and help you build skills.

  • Build a network: Connect with other professionals in the industry through LinkedIn, Twitter, or online forums. Attend industry events and conferences to network and learn about the latest trends.

  • Be persistent: Entering the tech industry without a technical degree requires hard work and persistence. You may face challenges and rejections, but keep improving your skills, networking, and applying for positions that match your skills and interests.

  • Start small projects: Participate in online coding challenges or hackathons, or work on small projects to build your portfolio. You can also contribute to open-source projects to gain experience and showcase your skills.

Remember that in tech industry, skills matter more than degrees. With dedication and effort, you can build a successful career in tech without a technical degree.

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